Easter dinner is a time to gather family and friends around the table to celebrate the season. Ancient celebrations of Easter involved marking the passing of the winter and the arrival of spring. There is no better way to do that then to present a meal filled with season favorites. However, there is no reason to be stuck in a rut when it comes to Easter dinner. There are many different Easter dinner menus to choose from. From an elegant repast at the dinner table, to a picnic outside, there are many delicious ways to celebrate the season. Remember that the recipes for these dishes can be found online, or you can substitute your favorite. Whether you want to shake up the entire Easter dinner menu or just want to add in some new dishes, here are some Easter dinner menus-
- Elegant Easter dinner-This is wonderful way to showcase the flavors of spring. This menu deserves a show stopping table so be sure to set you table with the finest china, silver and crystal to really show off this food. Be sure to take advantage of the many seasonal ingredients that are found in this menu. Then invite your family and friends over for a meal that will be talking about long after Easter is done.
Salad Course: Butter Lettuce Salad with Parmesan Tuiles and Almonds
Main Course: Classic Baked Ham with Maple-Mustard Glaze
Side Dish: Asparagus, Spring Onion, and Morel Mushroom Sauté
Side Dish: Oven-roasted Potatoes and Carrots with Thyme
Dessert: Coconut Tartlets with Poached Pineapple and Mascarpone Cream
- Laid Back Easter dinner-If you are looking for a more relaxed Easter dinner, then this menu might be the one for you. Each of these dishes can be served buffet style, for a more relaxed meal. Be sure to decorate your buffet table using the flowers and colors of spring. Best of all there is no need to put out the best china and silver. Today you can find high quality plastic dishes that can simply be tossed into the trash for an easy clean up. Several of these dishes can be made ahead, as well, which makes for a laid back Easter, for even the chef.
Main Dish: Grilled Chicken
Side Dish: Three-Cheese Pasta Bake
Side Dish: Oven-Roasted Asparagus
Side Dish: Spinach-and-Strawberry Salad
Dessert: Double Citrus Tart
- Gourmet Easter dinner-Easter can be a great time to show off your cooking skills. It is important that there is no rule that says you have to have ham or any other traditional food item. You can let your imagination run wild and use Easter dinner as time to impress your guests. You should keep in mind that this menu is not particularly kid friendly so you may have to have alternative dishes if you are serving younger diners. This is menu that would do well on a table complete with candles and spring flowers.
Appetizer Course: Asparagus Spears with Smoked Salmon Spirals
Main Dish: Balsamic Chicken
Side Dish: Roast Vegetable Medley
Dessert: Fallen Chocolate Cake with Cherry Red Wine Sauce
- Greek Easter dinner-There is perhaps no other more celebrated holiday in Greek culture. If you have ever wanted to try Greek food this is a good way to get started. Lamb becomes the star of the meal and the rest of the dishes are easy and delicious. If the weather permits, set the table outdoors to truly celebrate the season. If you are intimidated by making an all Greek menu then head to your nearest ethnic market, where you can find some of these Greek specialties.
First Course: Egg, Lemon, and Rice Soup (Avgolemono Soup)
Salad Course: Greek Salad
Main Course: Greek Lamb with Herbs and Garlic
Side Course: Greek Easter Bread (Lambropsomo)