Easter

Other holidays might get more attention when it comes to holiday meals, but in our book, the annual Easter feast rivals Turkey Day. (And not just because we like hunting for Easter eggs.) Why is the Easter meal so special? Timing. Though the date varies, Easter always falls during the springtime, which is one of the most exciting seasons for food. New life is sprouting up everywhere, and the flavors are fresh: asparagus, peas, carrots, mint, lemons, strawberries, and the list goes on. What to serve as a main course? You can't go wrong with lamb. A fragrant leg of lamb roasted with fresh herbs is a solid choice, or opt for a stunning crown rack of lamb for your table's centerpiece. Ham is also a classic choice for this holiday. Though ham recipes abound, the sweet-salty combination of honey-glazed ham is our go-to choice. Whatever you select for your meal, definitely end on something sweet. Classic Easter desserts like a towering coconut cake, carrot cake, or a fresh fruit tart will trump any of the candy in those Easter baskets.

See Popular Easter Recipes

Scrambled Eggs in Potato Nests

Midwest Living

The nests are made with prepared hash brown potatoes, so they're a snap to put together. The filling is simply scramble eggs and chives topped with cheese. A great Easter brunch recipe.

St. Patrick's Day Beef & Veggies

Midwest Living

This hearty roast beef and vegetable main-dish recipe is another option for the more traditional St. Patrick's Day fare.

Total: 1 hr

Easter Pie

Family Circle

Whole wheat berries give this pie recipe a sweet,nut-like flavor and slightly chewy texture. Cherries, ricotta cheese, cinnamon, orange, and lemon zest round out the filling of this make-ahead dessert.

Ham-Asparagus Strata

Better Homes and Gardens

This cheesy strata recipe is ideal to serve for breakfast and brunch. Assemble it, refrigerate it from 2 to 24 hours, then bake and serve fresh from the oven.

Apricot-Glazed Game Hens

Better Homes and Gardens

The key to gorgeously roasted game hens: securing the legs and wings close to the rest of the meat. Try this tasty apricot-glazed recipe for Easter or a special occasion dinner.

Cherry-Stuffed Ham

Better Homes and Gardens

A chunky dried cherry sauce oozes into deep slits cut in the ham, providing a burst of flavor in every bite. A delicious main course recipe for Easter dinner or brunch.

Aunt Deia's Easter Bread

Better Homes and Gardens

This tube-shaped yeast bread has a sunny citrus flavor, perfect for Easter brunch.

Bread Nests

Parents

Easter Sugar Cookie Cutouts

Midwest Living

The Easter bunny will hop to this basket. To dress up these cookies, stir 2 tablespoons small multicolor decorative candies into the dough with the last flour added.

Hot Cross Buns

Midwest Living

Lemon-Cream Cheese Pie

Midwest Living

This longtime reader-favorite recipe makes two pies; if you like, freeze one. To thaw, let the frozen pie stand in the fridge overnight.

Walnut Easter Bread

Better Homes and Gardens

Twisted ropes form a cross atop this rich, nutty Easter bread.

Candied Citrus Peel

Midwest Living

Whether to decorate a pound cake, serve over vanilla ice cream, or dip into melted dark chocolate, candied citrus peel is a real treat. Bonus: It makes a pretty food gift when packaged in little gift bags.

Crispy Carrots

Parents

Basic Sugar Cookie Dough

Family Circle

Spend a holiday afternoon baking sugar cookies with your kids. Decorating these cutout treats is more than half the fun.

Total: 35 mins
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