Here are some ideas for dressing up your Easter menu with some unique dishes.
Tue, Apr 03, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Ham. Potato salad. Asparagus. Rolls. Is this what your Easter menu looks like? Of all the big holidays when families and friends gather for a meal, it's the Easter dinner offerings that seem to be the least exciting. Maybe it’s time to shake things up when it comes to the Easter recipes you make.
Maybe you need to start creating an Easter brunch instead of a dinner. Maybe you need to add a few dishes from other cultures to your existing Easter dinner. Or, maybe you need to simply make a more exciting potato salad.
We’ve got a few ideas to add a little variety to your Easter menu.
Easter brunch recipes
Skillet Asparagus Tart with Lemon & Parmesan – A crust with whole-wheat flour is the base of this tart that’s filled with the traditional Easter asparagus. The filling is made with skim milk and light cream to lighten up the custard and the entire thing is brightened with the addition of lemon juice and zest.
Cheesy Polenta and Egg Casserole – Casseroles are great for Easter brunch because they can be assembled the night before, baked in the morning, and will serve several people. This casserole adds turkey sausage to a mixture of eggs, cheese, and cornmeal (look for whole-grain cornmeal to up the nutrition of the casserole).
Simple Easter Fruit Salad – Take advantage of some of the early fruits of spring with this colorful, flavorful fruit salad made with oranges, strawberries, blueberries and blackberries that can accompany casseroles, tarts, frittatas and breads.
Easter Brunch Punch – Four juices, ginger ale, and fresh fruit go into this non-alcoholic punch that everyone at the brunch will be able to enjoy.
Easter recipes from other cultures
Italian Stuffed Artichokes – A bit messy, but this stuffed artichoke would make a great addition to an Easter menu. Stuffed with breadcrumbs and Italian cheese, they can be made vegetarian by cooking them in vegetable broth.
Royal Mazurka – This Polish cake is a tradition at Easter. There are many varieties. This version includes lemon, almonds and apricot jam.
Pavlova with Lemon Curd and Fresh Berries – This dish is popular in both Russia and Australia at Easter. Pavlova is an airy meringue cake topped with whipped cream. This version combines lemon curd and whipped cream that tops the cake. Your choice of fresh berries — strawberries, blueberries, raspberries or blackberries — finishes it off.
Classic Spinach Kugel – Add a traditional Jewish dish to your Easter table with Kugel. Kugel can be sweet or savory. This version is savory with onions, spinach and eggs added to the noodles then baked in a casserole dish. This recipe makes enough for a crowd.
Perked-up potato salad
Creamy Horseradish Potato Salad – A very creamy potato salad with less fat than traditional. Non-fat Greek yogurt is the base of the dressing and 3 tablespoons of prepared horseradish give it an unexpected kick.
Vegan Cajun Potato Salad – A spicy potato salad that uses soy yogurt to create the creamy base. Cajun seasonings, jalapeno and a dash of cayenne make this one perky potato salad.
Heart Healthy Apple, Jicama & Potato Salad – Introduce the folks around the Easter table to jicama – a sweet root vegetable that resembles a turnip that’s gaining popularity. No creamy dressing here. Olive oil and balsamic vinegar form the base and the addition of Dijon mustard, lemon, thyme and minced shallots give it a great depth of flavor.
What are you adding to your Easter table to shake up the menu this year? Share your favorite Easter recipes with us in the comments below.