5 stress-free Easter dinner ideasEditorial Team
Hosting and preparing holiday dinners is stressful and Easter Sunday dinner is no exception. From getting your family and friends together to enjoy a good meal to hunting for Easter eggs and everything in between, the last thing you’d want is to be spending the majority of the time bent over a stove preparing the dinner on the day.
So this year, instead of spending too much time stressing about what everyone is going to eat and preparing the dishes, opt for some stress-free Easter dinner ideas. You’ll worry less and have more time to spend with family and friends.
1. Honey-glazed ham
Simply glaze a pre-cooked ham with a mixture of honey, Dijon mustard, brown sugar, and perhaps even a rub or some flavourful spices and bake it until it’s thoroughly heated. The glaze will caramelise and make sure your front-and-centre dish looks delectable as ever on your dinner table.
This Easter dinner idea will not only impress your guests but is also a common traditional addition to any Easter dinner spread that never disappoints. The combination of sweet and savoury flavours creates a delicious balance that’s both satisfying and indulgent while the glaze creates a crust that offers the ham a slightly crispy texture on the outside and a succulent texture on the inside.
2. Roasted lamb
Rub a bone-in leg of lamb with garlic, rosemary, and olive oil before roasting it in the oven or grilling until done to your liking. Serve with roasted potatoes—which you can pop on the grill while the lamb is cooking for added convenience—and a salad on the side, which could be as simple as a coleslaw.
For more convenience, you can opt for a ready-made BBQ rub with a combination of spices for that extra kick without spending time making the rub from scratch. The burst of flavour that well-roasted-and-spiced lamb gives will have your family and friends coming back for seconds in no time.
3. Baked quiche
A quiche takes the shape of an open pie, with an unsweetened crust. A quiche, which can be served warm or cold, is a great make-ahead option. A simple quiche made with eggs, cheese, and your favourite vegetables or meats accompanied by some aromatic spices and herbs is an easy and stress-free Easter dinner idea you can put to the test this year.
You could even have your kids participate in the process, making it a great holiday memory and taking it a step further, possibly even a holiday tradition your family partakes in every year.
4. Smoked salmon
Smoked salmon is not a simple recipe but if made right, it’s a lavish treat! If you prep ahead, however, you won’t have to worry about any heavy-duty tasks on the day of the dinner. After brining, curing, and cooling a big batch of salmon, you can smoke it in a smoker with some cherry or maple-flavoured wood pellets to drive more flavour into the salmon.
An hour later, you can baste the fish with some maple syrup for a beautiful sheen and finish the smoking process before popping it in the fridge for up to 10 days. On the day of the dinner, you can serve the salmon with lemon and a side of roasted asparagus or green beans for a well-rounded and delectable meal—it’s mouth-watering!
5. Grilled chicken
No dinner table is complete without a chicken dish, so we have the perfect Easter dinner idea for you.
Marinate chicken breasts in olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, and a herb mixture for 30 minutes before grilling until cooked through and serve the chicken with roasted vegetables or a simple salad.
Alternatively, you can purchase a ready-made all-purpose marinade to speed things up. This way, you’ll need to allocate time only for the grilling of the chicken and not the marinating and ease the stress of preparing the dinner.
No more stress with these Easter dinner ideas
This Easter, lessen the burden of having to host the perfect Easter dinner and opt for recipes that are
easier to make but still delicious.
Remember, with such recipes you’ll have more time to spend with your family and friends while also serving up a delicious spread that everyone will enjoy.