Classic Main Dishes for Your Easter Dinner
Browse these traditional Easter recipes for ham, lamb, and chicken to find the perfect main dish for your Easter dinner.
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Plum preserves spiked with fresh citrus, ginger, and crushed red pepper update the traditional Easter ham. Garnish with tropical fruits like kiwi and pineapple for a fresh look.
- Recipe: Sweet-Hot Plum-Glazed Ham
A honey-curry glaze elevates this lamb to a whole new level. Roasted grapes and cranberries add a festive and tasty touch to this impressive meal.
Rub a lamb roast with lemon, oregano, salt and pepper; place garlic cloves around the roast; and drizzle with olive oil. Once cooked, garnish with roasted garlic cloves, baby carrots, radishes, and lettuce leaves.
- Recipe: Roasted Lamb
The inspiration for the marinade on this grilled chicken comes from Carolina-style barbecue sauce, which is a spicy, vinegar-based sauce. Be sure to marinate at least 2 hours or as long as overnight to get the most flavor from the marinade for your Easter dinner.
- Recipe: Lexington-Style Grilled Chicken
- Recipe: Ginger Ale-Can Chicken
The lamb chops are simply seasoned with olive oil, salt and pepper, but the over-the-top flavor comes from the lemon mayonnaise topping and the sprinkling of parsley, garlic, and orange rind.
Rack of lamb is actually pretty simple if you remember three main points:
- Seasoning only with salt and pepper, instead of marinating, lets the flavor of the lamb come through.
- Put the lamb fat side down in a smoking hot skillet and leave it alone for a minute until it's brown. Then flip it and let it brown; then flip it again. This crisps up the fat and gives a nice brown exterior while preventing the edges from overcooking in the oven.
- Baking lamb at 300° keeps the meat from tightening up so that it comes out very tender. Putting the lamb on a wire rack allows the hot air to circulate around the lamb.
- Recipe: Rack of Lamb with Carrot Salad