I love Easter. Gathering around the table, celebrating the coming of spring, and being with family always puts it at the top on my list.
We start off at brunch with one side of the family. Ham, fresh fruit, salads, egg dishes (and a few mimosas!) make it a light, yet satisfying, meal. Then for dinner, it’s off to my father’s side for Italian fare. There’s lamb, stuffed artichokes, and Nana makes homemade cannoli.
Whether you’re hosting a brunch, bringing an appetizer to dinner, or cooking at home for your sweetheart, we’ve picked out 32 appetizers, brunch selections, ideas for dinner like lamb, pork, chicken, vegetarian fare (which work well as sides, too!), and of course, dessert. Mix and match for a fete they won’t forget!
What are you cooking for Easter? Let us know in the comments!
Put out fresh, raw spring vegetables, along with some munchies like chips, crackers, or pretzel rods. Let everyone nosh with dips like Italian Hummus, Smoky Eggplant and Roasted Garlic Spread, Pesto Cream Cheese Spread, and Raw Zucchini and Corn Crostini Topper. These also work wonderfully as fun spreads on bagels if you’re tired of cream cheese!
Deviled eggs combine with traditional Caesar salad flavors for a beautiful appetizer. Make your eggs the Rachael way by taking them upright, instead of slicing them down the middle. Feeling extra creative? Make Rachael’s Deviled Easter Eggs, which look like little chicks!
Pronounced like “goo-zher,” these bite-sized savory pastries are easy to whip up the night before. The fun part is piping the batter, which gives you enough control to make them uniform in size for even baking.
A lighter version of customary stuffed mushrooms, these one-bite appetizers will be gone in a flash!
These boozy bites of fruit combine the smoky flavors of bourbon with sweet syrup and melon for a refreshing addition to your appetizer table. Note that this does contain alcohol, so you’ll want to set aside a separate fruit plate for the kids!
This tortilla frittata (hence, Tor-Tata!) adds a southwestern spin to a brunch staple. Serve it hot with sautéed peppers and onions, or at room temperature with a tomato and avocado salad. Ratatouille Frittata is another amazing egg dish as well!
The trick to this dish is garlic-infused EVOO to dress grilled greens like escarole or scallions. Prosciutto works well if you can’t find speck at the grocery store.
Easy to prepare the night ahead and a total crowd-pleaser! Make a few extra loaves – this will go fast!
With fresh spring flavors in the mix, this hearty sauce is great for feeding crowds. Whip up a big batch and serve with pasta or potatoes, depending on your preferences.
Another take on traditional easter lamb: meatballs! Served over warm orzo along with fresh parsley, we love this spin on traditional beef meatballs for an Easter meal. If you like the idea of ground lamb but want another take, try this Easter Meatloaf (with a hidden egg inside!).
If your family likes lamb, you clearly can’t go wrong with a traditional roast. Fresh herbs tucked evenly throughout, along with white wine, add amazing depth of flavor.
What’s Easter without ham? This homestyle roast takes a little time but is well-worth the wait. If you’re in the mood for a different take, try Rachael’s Spiral-Cut Smoked Ham with Spicy Rum and Orange Glaze (you won’t be disappointed!).
Spring green onions and green beans give bright, fresh flavors to this amazing roast. It’s also ready more quickly than the roasts recommended above, if you’re pressed for time.
Lemon- and thyme-marinated chicken is topped with baby arugula and warm zucchini and corn. We couldn’t think of anything more perfect for a springtime supper.
Healthy and refreshing, watermelon and tomato salad compliment the tang of feta cheese. Slice your chicken on an angle for an eye-catching presentation.
Crispy, cheesy cakes are topped with tomato salsa. Need we say more?
Fresh peas, mint, garlic and lemon zest are the epitome of springtime flavors in this delectable risotto.
Rather than traditional basil, the pasta features a pesto sauce with an asparagus base. Mint, parsley, tarragon and other flavors compliment, while pistachios replace pine nuts. The combination is surprising, refreshing, and satisfying!
Delightful, delicious and ready in minutes. Use your favorite fruit and what’s in season where you live for a personalized treat.
Grand Marnier and almond flavors beautifully compliment this fresh fruit dessert. We also recommend Rachael’s Very Berry Smash with Meringues and Sorbet!
If you’re really craving something decadent, set up a profiterole bar! Ice cream and whipped cream make beautiful fillings, while chocolate or caramel sauce
Bonus: Try this breath-freshening Pup Parfait for your four-legged guests!