Easter Dinner Recipes - Ideas for Delicious Foods You Could Prepare

Are you seeking some tips and ideas for Easter dinner recipes?

The traditional Easter dinner choice is a beautifully glazed smoked ham. Try it with a glaze made from honey, orange juice, apricot jam, soy sauce, nutmeg and cloves. Serve it with a fruit chutney for a change of pace.

Of course, everyone has their favorite side dish, whether they're made by the hostess or brought by relatives - traditional green bean casserole, scalloped potatoes, Brussels sprouts with bacon, corn maque choux (from Emeril Lagasse) and many others. Someone can always be counted on to bring the orange Jell-O mold with pineapple and shredded carrots!

Lamb is another traditional meal - this is usually served in Europe for Easter dinner - a roasted leg of lamb with the obligatory mint sauce is delicious. And in England, this Easter dinner recipe is always accompanied by Yorkshire puddings - which are known in America as popovers.

You can also have your butcher butterfly the leg of lamb which you could cover with a mixture of plain yogurt, garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper and broil under the grill for 25 to 30 minutes until cooked to your liking. It can also be grilled on the barbecue by the family chef.

If a whole or even a half leg of lamb is too much for your family, then try lamb chops baked in the oven with Worcestershire sauce and adobo seasoning, then baste them with Chinese duck sauce for the last half hour.

Another alternative Easter dinner recipe is to serve a crown roast of lamb. This is usually available in your local supermarket or specialty grocery store at Easter. Serve this with rosemary roasted potatoes and your choice of vegetables.

For an appetizer Easter dinner recipe, you may want to serve devilled eggs with chopped smoked salmon added to your usual egg yolk mixture. Note that older eggs are easier to peel, while freshly boiled eggs have hard to remove shells, so cook your eggs a day or two before you need them.

Make your own artichoke and spinach dip in a bread bowl. Or open a package of crescent rolls and wrap around sausages, asparagus or anything else you can think of!

If you feel that these are too hearty for you, then try a light appetizer prepared by wrapping blanched asparagus spears or thin wedges of melon with strips of prosciutto,

How about the sweet stuff of Easter dinner recipes? Certainly, you should offer two or three dessert choices, too.

Instead of strawberry shortcake, you could make a version with angel food cake instead of the shortcake - much easier on the waistline! However, a fruit pavlova with whipped cream is hard to resist - just make two large meringue circles on parchment paper (at least 12 inches across) and bake.

These can be made ahead and even frozen until you're ready for Easter dinner. Simply defrost them, cover one meringue layer with whipped heavy cream, add the fruit of your choice in a layer - but nothing too juicy - then spread more whipped cream over the fruit. Cover with the second meringue circle and place in the refrigerator until needed.

For your Easter dinner recipes, plan ahead as much as you can so that you can enjoy spending time with your guests. Organize the Easter egg hunt for after they arrive to give yourself some extra minutes for last-minute preparations; and, Happy Easter!

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