Elegant Easter Dinner Ideas

on March 13, 2012
Mark Boughton/styling: Teresa Blackburn

Grilled Lamb Chops with Kiwi Mango Relish

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

Mark Boughton/styling: Teresa Blackburn

Warm Beet Salad with Red Onion, Mint and Pistachios

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

Mark Boughton/styling: Teresa Blackburn

Sautéed Radishes

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

Mark Boughton/styling: Teresa Blackburn

Middle Eastern Cornish Hens

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

Mark Boughton/styling: Teresa Blackburn

Carrot Gratin

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

Mark Boughton/styling: Teresa Blackburn

Lemon Asparagus

'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

Mark Boughton/styling: Teresa Blackburn

Ham with Orange and Stone-Ground Mustard

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

Mark Boughton/styling: Teresa Blackburn

Rosemary Apricot Pork Tenderloin

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

Mark Boughton/styling: Teresa Blackburn

Kory’s Carrot Cake

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

Mark Boughton/styling: Teresa Blackburn

Green Bean and Tomato Saute

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

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