What Should I Make for Easter Dinner:
You'll find lots of good ideas for Easter dinner right here on this page. But I've got a whole page chock-full of Easter dinner and party planning resources right here. You'll want to try:
- Traditional Easter Menu with Ham
- Wonderful Easter Desserts
- My Easter Brunch Menu
- Easter Candy Recipes
Planning Your Menu: Traditional or Non-Traditional?Many people have a menu built from trusted recipes that have served them well for years. Other cooks are busy creating new food traditions or sprucing up the tried and true menus from years past. Picking a traditional or nontraditional menu is a first step in narrowing down your options.
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Traditional Easter MenusTraditional fare can be broken down by kind of dish... and it will help you to get a handle on the wide possibilities before you. When deciding "what should I make for Easter dinner" for an average sized family, you should pick a main dish, two to three side dishes, a bread, and a dessert. If you have more than a few people, consider asking guests to contribute dishes.
Don't be afraid to ask for help or contributions! Remember that doing fewer things well will be more impressive than doing too many dishes only so-so!
Traditional Main Dishes: If you're looking at a traditional menu, the answer to "what should I make for Easter dinner" is often pork (like ham) or lamb. Why? Because these meats have traditionally been available around Easter. Don't get stuck thinking a ham is the only thing that will do. Reach out to include pork roast recipes or ground lamb as possible for your dinner table.
Traditional Side Dishes: Side dishes are meant to compliment your center stage dish and might include green bean or pea salad, beets, potatoes (used to be stored through the winter), early spinach, asparagus, sugar snap peas, carrots, LINK and tender lettuce.
Traditional Easter Breads: Breads can vary widely but often include seeds, nuts, corn and early harvest fruits like peaches. Light and airy breads served with honey butter are always welcome at the Easter table.
Traditional Easter Desserts: Dessert dishes often focus on the early harvested fruits like raspberries or the sweet aspect of vegetables like carrots for moist rich carrot cake. Keep it simple by tossing strawberries or fruit in yogurt and topping with crunchy toasted almonds. When you're thinking of traditional Easter desserts, think of spring flavors!
Appetizers, etc. "What should I make for Easter dinner" is a question that covers more than just the main meal. The question really includes what you serve your guests before, during and after the main meal.
Ideas for Going Less TraditionalBut old traditions don't have to guide your Easter meal. You can choose a meal that honors the family that will be gathering together. Select family favorites from your recipe files or ask family members to send their best recipes in each of the main categories.
Don't forget appetizers! If these family recipes aren't exactly what you want or you would just like to add your own touch, try updating the recipes to focus on seasonal vegetables, regional cuisine or even a trip around the world at Easter in food.
Different nationalities celebrate Easter with meals that might offer your family unbelievable variety and great conversation starters. Even meals that represent Easter colors (red, white, green, purple, yellow, black, orange, and pink) might be fun for Easter dinner.
To make a memorable meal, decide ahead of time whether your meal will follow a theme, be traditional, or involve family members. Establish these ideas first, and you will always know the answer to "what should I make for Easter dinner?"
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