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Easter Menu Ideas:
Quick and Easy (and Wonderful!) Pork Roast Menu

Most of the Easter menu ideas you'll find online --including right here at Divine Dinner Party-- revolve around the classic Easter dishes of lamb and ham. And of course those are always wonderful! But if you're looking for a quick and easy Easter meal that's a bit different, this is the place to be.
This Easter dinner menu features the moistest, most flavorful pork roast recipe... but takes hardly any effort at all. Most of the dishes can be made ahead, and all of them are relatively simple to make.

Easter Menu Ideas

Looking for more traditional Easter menu ideas, like a lamb or a ham menu? I've got that here, too! Check out:

Easter Appetizer:
Decadant Deviled Eggs with Bacon and Chives

Deviled Eggs with Bacon and Smoked PaprikaThis appetizer is one of my favorite Easter menu ideas for using up all those leftover Easter eggs! It makes a very different and rich deviled egg.. and a nice change from the ordinary.

A warning... Now, I love these, and so do most of the people who try them. They're ultra thick, but because they have sour cream rather than mayo, they're also a little lighter-tasting. But the addition of bacon and chives gives them a really different flavor. So if you or your party-goers are deviled egg traditionalists, this might not be your favorite.

These fill up nice and big and are really unique-- and delicious. This Easter menu idea serves 12.

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12 lg. hard-boiled eggs, cooled and peeled
6 slices bacon
2 tbsp. fresh chives, chopped
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. white vinegar
2 tbsp. freshly grated parmesan cheese
1/4 C. sour cream
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
Smoked paprika, to garnish

Instructions: 1. Cook bacon slices until crisp. Drain and allow to cool. Crumble.

2. Slice each of your eggs lengthwise in half, to make 24 halves.

3. Scoop egg yolks out and into a bowl. Mash slightly.

4. Add remaining ingredients to egg yolks, mixing until well combined. If mixture is too thick, add a bit more sour cream, if desired.

5. Evenly divide yolk mixture among your egg white halves. You'll probably need to fill them generously-- it makes a lot of filling!

6. Garnish with paprika. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Easter Main Dish:
Apricot, Orange, and Rosemary Glazed Roast

Rosemary, Orange, Apricot Easter Pork RoastIf you want to avoid sweating all day in the kitchen, one of the best Easter menu ideas you can have is to make your main dish a simple one. Well, you can't get much simpler than this! This pork roast comes together in approximated 4 milliseconds (okay, more like 12 minutes), and then all you've got to do it pop it in the oven. Talk about a quick and easy Easter meal!

The sauce is wonderful on the pork, and the meat comes out moist and fabulous. Serves about 10.

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1 (3 lb) pork loin roast, trimmed
1 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
3/4 C. apricot preserves
1/4 C. orange marmalade
1/4 C. dry sherry
1 1/2 tbsp. fresh minced rosemary leaves
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes (optional-- only if you like heat)
3 garlic cloves, minced

Instructions: 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Sprinkle your roast all over with salt and pepper and place it in a greased 13x9 baking dish.

3. To make the glaze, combine the apricot preserves, marmalade, sherry, fresh rosemary, red pepper flakes (if using), and garlic in a saucepan.

4. Bring to a boil and cook over med-low heat until well combined and thickened slightly, about 10 minutes.

5. Use about 1/3 of your sauce mixture to glaze your pork roast. Reserve remaining sauce.

6. Place glazed roast in the oven and roast, uncovered, about 75-90 minutes, or until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat reads 155 degrees F.

7. Remove roast from oven, tent with foil, and let stand about 20 minutes before slicing.

8. Reheat the remaining sauce (the microwave works a treat!) and pour over sliced roast before serving (or serve on the side and allow your guests to take as much as they like).

Once you've tried this ultra-easy roast, making it will be one of those Easter menu ideas you have every year. Mmm.

Easter Side Dish:
Orzo-Grape Salad with Basil and Toasted Pistachios

Grape and orzo salad elegant easter tableElegant, easy, flavorful, and can be made ahead? Where do you sign up, right? I think this salad sort of epitomizes Spring. It's fresh and flavorful, and has lots of beautiful colors that will look great on your Easter dinner table. And since it can --and should-- be made a day ahead, it's an easy Easter menu idea, too.

The combo of flavors in this Easter menu idea --sweet, tangy, savory, fresh, nutty-- is one that will stick in your guests' heads long after they've hopped on home.

Please note that it's easy to over-toast the pistachios. Take them off the fire right before they're actually done so they don't burn. Serves about 8.

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1 lb. orzo pasta, cooked in salted water according to pkg. directions
1 1/2 C. shelled pistachios, divided
1/2 C. walnut oil
2 garlic cloves, pressed or finely minced
1/3 C. freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 C. red seedless grapes (smallish ones are best)
1 1/4 C. chopped fresh basil (a must!), divided
1/2 tsp. salt, or to taste
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions: 1. First, you'll need to toast 1 cup of pistachios in the walnut oil. To do this, combine 1 C of pistachios and the 1/2 C. walnut oil in a small skillet.

2. Heat together over low heat until pistachios begin to toast a little. Don't let it get too hot, as it'll ruin the flavor of the oil. Stir in the pressed garlic. Cook one minute. Remove from heat.

3. Drain the cooked orzo well, then transfer into a large mixing bowl.

4. Stir in the oil/pistachio/garlic mixture.

5. Stir in the lemon juice. Stir in the grapes and 3/4 C. of the basil.

6. Add salt and pepper.

7. Cover and chill at least 8 hours, best overnight. Taste for seasoning and add a bit more salt and pepper if needed.

8. Garnish each serving with remaining pistachios and basil.

A great make ahead Easter menu idea for when you're short on time and want tons of flavor.

Easter Side Dish:
Perfectly Roasted Sugar Snap Peas

Sugar snap peas are one of those vegetables that just scream "spring is here!" They're sweet, crisp, and are favorites among kids and adults alike. So why not let their natural flavor shine?

My recipe for Perfectly Roasted Sugar Snap Peas can be found on my Traditional Easter Dinner Page. It's a great recipe to use as part of this page's Easter menu ideas.

Easter Side Dish:
Gratin Potatoes with Artichokes and Fresh Thyme

Artichoke and Potato Au GratinArtichokes are one of those spring veggies that are a wonderful part of an Easter menu. They're seasonal, flavorful, and really add something special to your regular Au Gratin Potatoes. But they're a pain to peel and work with! This recipe makes it simple by using jarred artichokes.

Since this pork roast menu is quite light, I think adding a creamy, rich dish is the best Easter menu idea-- it gives your Easter dinner a decadent feel without weighing your poor guests down. It also tastes elegant and very special without being work-intensive at all.

Serves about 8.

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3/4 C. finely minced onion
3 garlic cloves, pressed or minced
2 lbs. russet potatoes, peeled and sliced very thin (1/4" or so)
1 tbsp. chopped fresh thyme
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
2 (8 oz each) jars marinated artichoke hearts, drained, quartered
1 1/2 C. whipping cream
1 1/2 C. half & half cream
1 C. freshly shredded parmesan

Instructions: 1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Generously butter a 13x9" casserole dish.

2. Sprinkle onions and garlic into the bottom of your baking dish.

3. Arrange half of the potato slices neatly on top of your onions and garlic. Sprinkle potato mixture with half of thyme, salt, and pepper.

4. Arrange half of your artichoke hearts on top.

5. Sprinkle half the parmesan over.

6. Repeat steps 3 and 4 once more to make a second layer. Don't add the last of the parmesan yet.

7. Pour cream and half & half evenly over the potatoes. Sprinkle parmesan over.

8. Bake about 1 hour, or until potatoes are completely tender. Remove from oven and let cool about 15-20 minutes before serving.

Easter Dessert:
Country Peach Cobbler

This delicious peach cobbler is the perfect end my pork roast Eater menu idea. When you start out with a bit of peachy (apricot) flavor at dinner, ending with that same flavor gives the meal a nice, complete feel.

This peach cobbler (click to get the recipe) is ultra easy to throw together and toss in the oven. Be sure to serve it with big scoops of good-quality vanilla ice cream. YUM.

Get more great Easter Menu Ideas at Easter Planning Central!

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