Easter is a day for food, family, friends and festivities. But life happens, plans change, and sometimes you have to make dinner happen on the fly. We’ve put together two complete menus that are easy, quick, and sure to please any Easter crowd.
Rapid Elegance Menu
Pear and Blue Cheese Crostini
Crostini are an easy and elegant appetizer that can easily be tweaked to suit your taste. We love this delicate yet bold pairing of pear and blue cheese, especially with the crunchy savoriness of the crostini.
Baked Brie with Jam and Puff Pastry
A brie baked in puff pastry is a true indulgence. What most people don’t know is that it’s also absurdly simple. For an even more decadent appetizer, spread a layer of raspberry or blackberry on top of the brie before wrapping it in the pastry dough.
Bacon Wrapped Pork Loin With Cherries
The intricate flavors of this dish belie it’s ease of creation. The sweetness of the cherries works well with the saltiness of the bacon and the subtle earthiness of the pork itself.
Orzo Salad With Spring Peas
This simple and delicious salad can be days ahead or right before dinner is served. It’s earthy simplicity plays well with the sophisticated flavors or the pork loin.
Almond and Poppy Seed Loaf Cake
The classic loaf cake gets a vibrant makeover with the additions of almond and poppy flavors. It’s also iced with lemon frosting, which introduces a wonderful citrus note that brings the meal to a sweet and gentle ending.
This simple vodka-based cocktail comes out delightfully infused with spring flavors. It’s also just really pretty when served in a clear or brightly colored martini glass.
Informal Family Get Together
Asparagus Wrapped in Ham and Puff Pastry
An American interpretation of classic Italian app, this dish is perfect for an informal get together because it is by nature a finger food. These can be served either room or warm temperature.
Easy Buffalo Chicken Dip
Buffalo chicken dip is essentially the ultimate appetizer. It’s easy to make, requires minimal ingredients, and is always a crowd pleaser. Serve it with celery, chips, and pita triangles for a variety of flavors and textures.
Ham Steak On The Grill
Ham is a traditional Easter entree, but it takes forever in the oven. Try grilling up some ham steaks in a delectable mustard sauce instead! You won’t have to start cooking early in the morning, and grilling helps to convey a fun and relaxed atmosphere. These big, bold flavors would pair well with some starchy potatoes or a rich and fast oven-baked risotto.
Oven Roasted Risotto
A great risotto is usually fairly difficult to make, since you have to stir it almost constantly. This simple yet refined take on risotto is cooked in the oven, which makes it far and away easier than the old-school method. This version comes out just as luxurious and velvety as the old approach, but with much less of the fuss.
Basically rice cereal marshmallow bars, these are made seasonal with the addition of vibrant colors and Cadbury chocolate eggs. These are a great dessert to make with the kids, as well.
The Green Machine
This fruit-forward green concoction is basically spring in a glass. This would be an ideal pairing for the grilled ham steaks, and would work well with the nuttiness and saltiness of the oven-baked risotto.
If life throws you a curveball this Easter, rest easy. These simple and quick menus are there to save the day, leaving you free to paint eggs, spend time with family and friends, or host the neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt! We hope you have a great holiday.