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Easter Menu Ideas

Easter is just around the corner. As we have done for previous holidays, we are going to bring you both of our Easter menus in one post. You can get all of the ideas in one place, and hopefully enjoy a laugh or two as you will see, yet again, how two very different people with unique cooking styles can both serve an amazing holiday meal! 

Melissa’s Easter Menu:

Well, I still don’t know how many I am serving for Easter yet but I just created my menu! Last year’s Easter dinner was fantastic and it was hard not to just make that entire menu again! But, I write for a food blog so I better try something different.

Since Denise won’t cook a poor wittle lamby, I will! So delicious! This is also one of those things that when you ate it as a kid and when you eat it now, it is completely different. I adore just about all cuts of lamb, but for Easter, we will make a roasted leg of lamb.

I’m also going to make some deviled eggs because everyone loves deviled eggs!! Right?! I’ll give them an Easter twist by coloring the cooked egg whites. The kids can have fun with that (I got the idea from a Pinterest photo).

For those who don’t like deviled eggs, I’ll make a traditional caprese salad with some of the best buffalo mozzarella I’ve ever eaten! Yum!!

To enjoy a taste of spring, I’m going to mix snow peas, sugar snap peas and green peas together with some bacon and some kind of vinaigrette. I was inspired by a Food Network recipe of these three veggies together in a cream sauce, but I’m going to nix the cream sauce part. Don’t get me wrong, nothing bad about a cream sauce, just trying to balance my menu so it’s not toooooo heavy.

How to Prepare Sugar Snap Peas

Next up, potatoes! Gotta have potatoes on Easter. I think there is a reference to it in the Gospels somewhere. Well, maybe not, but I’m going to do it anyway. I bought a giant bag of Yukon Gold’s this week for food I took to a friend so I need to finish those up. I’m thinking roasted garlic mashed potatoes made with ALL the cream and butter they deserve (see, that’s why I’m not doing the veggies in cream too!).

For dessert, I think we’ll keep it simple with apple pie and vanilla ice cream.  Gotta love apple pie!

apple pie with crumble topping


When you ate it as a kid? See…that explains it all. You developed a more sophisticated palate at a very early age. ~Denise

Yes, I was fortunate to be introduced to a lot of foods very early, but canned asparagus I detested!! Still do! It should be banned from stores. ~Melissa

Denise’s Easter Menu

So when Melissa told me over the phone about her “wittle lamby” crack, I told her that for Easter I was going to shove a beer can up a chicken’s butt and pop it on the grill to make Drunk Chicken. 1) I wanted to see what kind of reaction I would get out of her 2) I actually wasn’t kidding.

drunken chicken

We are having 12 people over for Easter and it’s very casual. Along with the drunk chicken, I am also making my ribs!!

BBQ Ribs

Amazing BBQ Ribs

I normally wouldn’t make Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers for Easter, but they are a favorite of some of our guests, so I couldn’t resist.

Jalapeños with cream cheese and bacon

Friends are bringing a couple different appetizers (deviled eggs are a definite…and these are with bacon) and I’m going to round it out with Roasted Chickpeas and a small charcuterie tray with marinated artichokes and hearts of palm.

The Gospel tells Melissa to make potatoes for Easter. It tells me to make the most amazing rice dish known to mankind. It’s an old family recipe (and yes…unsharable) that is only made on special occasions. At most, I had it twice a year growing up. Now it’s maybe once a year. It’s not the healthiest dish around, but it does fall under the category of “Last Meal Requests!”. Thanks to a good friend who shared an Epicurious email with me this week, I am also making snow peas with toasted almonds, which should be delicious with the meats and the rice. A friend is also bringing some sort of salad to round out the meal. 

As usual…I’ve got someone bringing dessert.

I wasn’t counting on you actually writing that you were shoving the beer can where the sun doesn’t shine! And you feel bad for my wittle lamby?! Oh, and I am going to have to talk to your family, aka the Syrian Mafia. What’s up with the no share policy?!? ~Melissa

I can just see the huge smile on your face as you cook that poor little lamb and probably wish you were the one taking it to the slaughter house. Syrian Mafia? No. Think of it similar to “Ancient Chinese Secret” ~ Denise

Here are some other great Easter Menu Ideas:

Scalloped Potatoes

Peas and Asparagus

Asparagus with Vinaigrette

Dijon Roasted Potatoes

Grilled Green Tomato Caprese

Whole Beef Tenderloin

Pork Loin with Mango Chutney

Roasted Broccoli with Cheddar Cheese

Lemonade Pie 

Easter Menu 2013 – The Follow-up

Easter menu

What a beautiful Easter day! We started with an amazing scientific discussion in Sunday School about the ‘God Particle’ which was just brilliant. It was not just the discussion but the fact the discussion was happening in church. What an amazing faith community we have! It was followed by a beautiful service with a brass ensemble accompanying the pipe organ and ending with the Alleluia Chorus. Then off to the Easter egg hunt – so cute. I know this is a food blog, but I just had to share.

When I got home and put some lunch together for everyone, it was off to the races on the prep list. I essentially stuck to my timeline while getting ahead at time and behind at others. It all worked out at the end and dinner was served right on time.

In the end, the food was amazing!! I love all the recipes that I researched and they all went together so beautifully. I couldn’t believe the comments around the table! So many thanks to Food Network, Z Tasty Life, Dad Cooks Dinner, and the Reluctant Gourmet!!

I could not possibly say which dish was my favorite, but I will say this:

The Deviled Eggs were like crack – people were popping them in their mouth whole and moaning with each bite!

Deviled Eggs with Bacon

The BBQ Rotisserie Ham was awesome! Such a unique preparation for any ham I’ve ever eaten. I served it with a mustard based BBQ sauce that just complimented the asparagus and the potatoes so well!! I can’t wait to make this again!!

whole ham on the grill

The potatoes were cheesy and yummy and rich. Which proved perfect since the rest of the side dishes were ‘lighter’.

Potatoes with Gruyere and nutmeg

Tomatoes were yummy and fresh with lots of herbs from the garden. I forgot to put olive oil on them and they were still great.

Baked tomatoes with parmesan

Asparagus is simple and such a hit. The vinaigrette married well with all the other flavors.

Awesome asparagus

The Pears with zabaglione – oh my! Where do I begin – those were amazing. I was literally using my finger to get every last drop of the wine reduction syrup and the zabaglione. I had never made anything like the zabaglione and was so proud to not have scrambled the eggs. If I had that dish to do over, I would have gone ahead and cooked the pears earlier and reduced the poaching liquid to a syrup earlier as well and only saved the zabaglione to the end.

poached pears recipe

Awesome poached pears

Let me know if you followed along or if you want to do this meal in the future. Really a great menu!!!

Easter Dinner

If you missed the other posts related to menu, shopping and prep, click on the appropriate link.

Easter Dinner 2013 – Prep Time!

Easy Menu Ideas

It is Saturday morning and time to get busy. Easter Sunday there is Sunday School, Church and the Egg Hunt so I’ll be gone from 9-1 which won’t leave a ton of prep time then. Plus, once all the family arrives, I don’t want to be stuck in the kitchen the whole time. Follow along today and your time will be well spent.

If you missed the menu post, you can find it here. And here is a link to the shopping list post too.

How to Prepare for Easter Dinner – Plan for the day ahead


Cheese platter – This is a no brainer. I’ll just grab the tray and set it aside for now. All cheeses will need to come out about 30 minutes before everyone arrives.

Salad for Easter:

These can all be made today and kept in the refrigerator, except the bacon (don’t want it soggy). Tomorrow I’ll cook the bacon and add a bit right before serving and them I’ll plate them on a bed of arugula dressed lightly with freshly squeezed lemon juice and a dash of salt.

Main Course for Easter

BBQ Rotisserie Ham
I will go ahead and make the rub today. I also need to find the rod for my rotisserie on the grill.

Scalloped Potatoes
I will grate the cheese but the rest needs to wait until the day of.

Roasted Tomatoes
I’ll grate the parmesan cheese but the rest needs to wait until the day of.

I probably am going to do the Asparagus with Dijon Vinaigrette. So, I’ll peel the asparagus and soak them in water in the fridge so they are nice and crisp. I’ll also make the vinaigrette.


Drunken Pears with zabaglione custard
This all needs to wait until tomorrow.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Planning to eat at 6 so here is the schedule after church:

Prepare area for buffet. Select serving dishes and serving utensils. Finish setting table.
Cook bacon
Separate all the egg yolks for the Zabaglione and put in fridge. Measure the sugar and wine and set aside for later.
Start Grill
Prepare ham – put on rub and score it
Put ham on rotisserie

BBQ Rotisserie Ham
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees for potatoes
Prepare potatoes

How to make scalloped potatoes

Fresh ground salt, pepper and nutmeg

Put potatoes in the oven
Take out cheeses for appetizer
Serve cheese and charcuterie platter

Cheese Platter with Pate
Prepare pears and cooking liquid

Poached pear recipe
Check potatoes – take out when done and lightly tent with foil
Cook pears
Prepare tomatoes

Broiled tomatoes
Put away cheeses
Add bacon to deviled eggs and plate them with arugula

Deviled Eggs with Bacon
Take ham off rotisserie and let rest
Turn on broiler in oven
Remove pears from heat
Slice ham
Ask someone to make water glasses for the table
Cook tomatoes – 5 minutes
Cook asparagus – 5 minutes
Double check the buffet and call the guests to dinner

Easter Dinner

After everyone has eaten, it is time to make the Zabaglione and serve dessert.


Easter Dinner 2013 – Update and Shopping List

Easy Menu Ideas

I had a few minutes today between my 1,001 projects going on and decided I ought to make my shopping list for the Easter Dinner (just 2 days away). Our guest list has been updated to 11 so I’ll adjust quantities accordingly. If you missed the menu post, you can find it here. I decided to do a few things different than my norm so I researched a ton of good recipes and put this menu together.

Shopping List for Easter Dinner


Assortment of cheeses and either a pate or a selection of meats – I’ll decide on this when I go to Whole Foods (aka Whole Paycheck).

Salad for Easter:

Our salad will be deviled eggs so I’ll need:
1 dozen eggs
Package of bacon (I only need 4 strips but I’ll cook it all, it will be consumed!)
Some mixed greens/arugula for the base

Main Course for Easter

BBQ Rotisserie Ham
12lb Ham, whole, bone-in, not spiral sliced
Mustard based BBQ sauce

Scalloped Potatoes
5lb bag Yukon Gold Potatoes from Costco
2 blocks of Gruyère from Costco
1 pint heavy cream

Roasted Tomatoes
4 large beefsteak tomatoes
Panko bread crumbs (usually a pantry item but I’m out)
Fresh Basil (usually a garden item but it’s been too cold)

I still have not decided this. I’ll look for something that looks the freshest when I’m at the store


Drunken Pears with zabaglione custard
7 Bosc Pears
1 bottle red wine
1 orange for peel
1 dz eggs
1/2 cup sweet white wine ( I have a couple of bottles of Riesling I was ‘gifted’, perhaps a good use for them!!)

I may also add a more kid-friendly dessert for the little ones, but with my schedule, that may need to be store bought.

Pantry Ingredients:

BBQ Spice Rub (I’ll use chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper)
Whole Nutmeg (use a microplane to grate as needed)
1/2 cup Hellman’s mayonnaise
1 T honey mustard (I’ll make that with mustard and honey)
1/2 t salt
1/2 t pepper
2 T shredded sharp cheddar (I always have a huge block of Cabot’s 3 yr old extra sharp)
Parsley (in the garden!)
Thyme (in the garden!)
Extra virgin olive oil
2-3 cloves
1 cinnamon stick
1 cup sugar


Traditional Easter Menu 2013

Easy Menu Ideas

Trying to figure out what to cook for Easter? We thought we’d post our menus for big holidays in advance and let you follow along if you so desired. Well, Denise is going to have this holiday off as she enjoys spending some time with family. I thought about cooking rabbit or lamb for Easter, but after Denise’s Daffy and Rudolph comment, I figured I’d play it safe with Porky Pig. Besides, ham is a very traditional Easter meal.

I want to do some variations on items I cook a lot, so I’ve done some research and these are the ones I’m going to put together for Easter. I’m planning for 8-10 folks.


Deviled Eggs – something different than the ones I made on St. Patrick’s Day, these are just so perfect for Easter – maybe these? – http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/good-food-fast-with-family-circle/bacon-and-cheese-deviled-eggs-recipe/index.html

Rotisserie Ham – I found this on-line – I think I’ll try this over a traditionally prepared ham – http://www.dadcooksdinner.com/2009/04/rotisserie-ham-barbecue-style.html

Scalloped Potatoes these are amazing, you’ll love them. If you don’t have one, you’ll have to have a mandolin to prepare them so order it today.

Broiled tomatoes – I make something like these with half of a tomato instead of a slice – but maybe I’ll change up my traditional ones a bit – http://reluctantgourmet.com/recipes/side-dishes/item/980-tomatoes-parmasan-herbs

Something fresh and green – I’ll probably pick this when I do my day before shopping based on what looks the freshest.

For dessert, these drunken pears with zabaglione looked amazing so we’ll give them a try – http://www.ztastylife.com/2012/11/drunken-pears-with-zabaglione.htm

Click here for shopping guide and check back during the week for preparation steps to get what we can done in advance so we can enjoy Easter.

Don’t forget the wine!!! – Denise