Elegant Easter Dinner Ideas

March 13, 2012

Celebrate Easter Sunday with our show-stopping recipe collection featuring the season's prettiest garden vegetables, fragrant herbs and satisfyingly savory main dishes.

Grilled Lamb Chops with Kiwi Mango RelishWarm Beet Salad with Red Onion, Mint and PistachiosSautéed RadishesMiddle Eastern Cornish HensCarrot GratinLemon AsparagusHam with Orange and Stone-Ground MustardRosemary Apricot Pork TenderloinKory’s Carrot CakeGreen Bean and Tomato Saute
Christen the springtime grill on Easter Sunday by serving up a plateful of savory lamb chops. Brighten with a tropical relish of kiwi, mango, mint and honey to complete the meal. Recipe: Grilled Lamb Chops with Kiwi Mango Relish
This fragrant and colorful spring salad is accented by warm earthy beets and fresh garden mint. Toss the recipe together in a flash after finishing up your more time-consuming dinner dishes. Recipe: Warm Beet Salad with Red Onion, Mint and Pistachios
Radishes are no longer just for garnishing plates and tossing in salads. Make them a surprisingly savory side with a quick saute in olive oil. Recipe: Sautéed Radishes
Instead of serving an economy-sized chicken this Easter, opt for a collection of small Cornish game hens instead. Here we have spiced the individual hens with a lemony za'atar and sumac marinade to make the meal extra flavorful. Recipe: Middle Eastern Cornish Hens
Carrots, potatoes and fragrant thyme make an especially festive combination in this make-ahead Easter side. From its crispy golden top to its creamy baked center, we love the layers of texture and flavor. Recipe: Carrot Gratin
'Tis the season for asparagus. These wispy and elegantly slim stalks need nothing more than a quick lemony sauté in order to shine. Like our green beans, this simple recipe will side well with practically any Easter main dish. Recipe: Lemon Asparagus
It's hard to imagine Easter without a ham. A classic citrusy glaze of mustard and maple syrup makes this ham especially swoon-worthy for either brunch or dinner. Recipe: Ham with Orange and Stone-Ground Mustard
Roasted pork tenderloin gets a touch of sweetness in our apricot and rosemary infused recipe. And for such a complex flavor profile, it is surprisingly simple to make - requiring less than 10 ingredients and just 30 minutes of your time. Recipe: Rosemary Apricot Pork Tenderloin
At a lost for Easter dessert? Peter Cottontail will adore this exceptionally pretty carrot cake frosted in an sweet white chocolate cream cheese icing. Recipe: Kory’s Carrot Cake
Juicy cherry tomatoes and crunchy green beans team up for a simple and extremely versatile side. Serve this simple saute with lamb, poultry or ham. Recipe: Green Bean and Tomato Saute
Christen the springtime grill on Easter Sunday by serving up a plateful of savory lamb chops. Brighten with a tropical relish of kiwi, mango, mint and honey to complete the meal.


Recipe:   Grilled Lamb Chops with Kiwi Mango RelishThis fragrant and colorful spring salad is accented by warm earthy beets and fresh garden mint. Toss the recipe together in a flash after finishing up your more time-consuming dinner dishes.


Recipe:  Warm Beet Salad with Red Onion, Mint and PistachiosRadishes are no longer just for garnishing plates and tossing in salads. Make them a surprisingly savory side with a quick saute in olive oil.


Recipe:  Sautéed RadishesInstead of serving an economy-sized chicken this Easter, opt for a collection of small Cornish game hens instead. Here we have spiced the individual hens with a lemony za'atar and sumac marinade to make the meal extra flavorful.


Recipe:  Middle Eastern Cornish HensCarrots, potatoes and fragrant thyme make an especially festive combination in this make-ahead Easter side. From its crispy golden top to its creamy baked center, we love the layers of texture and flavor.


Recipe:  Carrot Gratin'Tis the season for asparagus. These wispy and elegantly slim stalks need nothing more than a quick lemony sauté in order to shine. Like our green beans, this simple recipe will side well with practically any Easter main dish.


Recipe:  Lemon AsparagusIt's hard to imagine Easter without a ham. A classic citrusy glaze of mustard and maple syrup makes this ham especially swoon-worthy for either brunch or dinner.


Recipe:  Ham with Orange and Stone-Ground MustardRoasted pork tenderloin gets a touch of sweetness in our apricot and rosemary infused recipe. And for such a complex flavor profile, it is surprisingly simple to make - requiring less than 10 ingredients and just 30 minutes of your time.


 Recipe:  Rosemary Apricot Pork TenderloinAt a lost for Easter dessert? Peter Cottontail will adore this exceptionally pretty carrot cake frosted in an sweet white chocolate cream cheese icing.


Recipe:  Kory’s Carrot CakeJuicy cherry tomatoes and crunchy green beans team up for a simple and extremely versatile side. Serve this simple saute with lamb, poultry or ham.


Recipe:  Green Bean and Tomato Saute
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