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I don't know about you, but I am used to big family gatherings for holiday meals. Last year we hosted Easter dinner at our house and we had two different roasts. There are a few very large roasts in my freezer right now for that very reason.
I might use them to make us some freezer meals, but as far as Easter dinner goes this year, a 6 pound roast doesn't seem like the way to go for two adults and one toddler. Even when one of those adults is pregnant.
So, here we are in quarantine, but I still want Easter to be special, because it is my most favorite holiday.
I have culled through our long list of recipes to give you some ideas of things you can make.
But for my first idea I want to tell you what I've decided we're doing.
Not too far from our house is a Brazilian restaurant. It's like Tucano's if you've ever heard of that place, where they walk around with different types of meat and slice you off some right onto your plate. Right now they are doing to go orders, and they have leg of lamb. So we are ordering lamb, and I will make sides of mashed potatoes, veggies and sprouted wheat dinner rolls.
If you don't have an option like that available near you, then peruse the links below for some other Easter dinner ideas! Just click on the image to go to the blog post with the recipe.
I posted this recipe just a couple months back and I cannot stress how simple and delicious it is! I think it would be a great option for Easter dinner if you can't get your hands on some lamb or ham. It'd go great with any type of side you have on hand as well!
A couple years ago Alicia posted this recipe for Gratin Dauphinois (French Scalloped Potatoes) with roasted chicken. This is a great option because it comes with a fancy potato side as well as your main course! She tells you how she roasted her chicken and honestly, it looks so good maybe I'll make this instead of ordering lamb...
My mom posted this pan roasted chicken recipe three years ago. She talks to you about Panna (which is an awesome site by the way) and shows you how delicious her chicken turned out, next to a nice salad, which would make a great side to this or any other Easter meal!
Maybe you just want to change it up and have brunch instead of dinner. We've got you covered there as well! My mom shared this brunch menu from a few years ago. It's light and fun, and still delicious and festive so you still feel like you're celebrating a holiday instead of it being just any other day stuck at home. She gives you some good dessert options, like a yummy carrot cake roll, or vegan cookies for our non animal by product eating friends!
In this post we give you a lot of great ideas for Easter bread to go as a side to any main course. This includes the recipe of my dear Aunt Geri's sweet Portuguese Easter bread. My aunt Geri was a devout Catholic so Easter was a special holiday for her as well and whenever I eat that bread I think of her. As a bonus, it is also delicious so you will devour it!
This is the pork roast I made two years ago. (I could've sworn we hosted last year, but I have pregnancy brain so...). Anyway, if you have a larger family this roast would be perfect for you. I did it in the crock pot and just seared it at the end for a nice, carmelly finish and it was so amazing. I seriously can't wait to make this again the next time we host a large holiday meal...
Finally, no Easter dinner is complete without the deviled eggs. Although I can't have my Aunt Karen here for Easter dinner this year, I can still make these deviled eggs and send her pictures of us so she knows we're thinking of her!
I hope this list helps you have a great Easter dinner. I know it's hard to celebrate holidays in quarantine, but thank goodness for technology. As part of Good Friday my church will be fasting for an end to this pandemic so we can all start celebrating together in person. I invite you to join us, and remember the reason for this season. To celebrate the resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has born our sorrows and can comfort us while we are sad and apart. Happy Easter!
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Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!