We LOVE Easter and Passover. Mostly because they usually coincide with the arrival of spring and it’s difficult for a gardener to be anything but excited about spring. I mean, is anyone, anywhere NOT excited about the arrival of spring?! But also because the flowers used to decorate for the holidays (covered in this post) are so beautiful. And DEFINITELY because of the food. Chocolate features heavily in both holiday celebrations, and who can be mad at chocolate?
Getting ready for any holiday is hectic. But Passover preparation is in a league of its own. For Easter, it’s easy to get so wrapped up in the baskets and the egg hunts that the meal becomes an after thought. So we’ve tackled the tough work of meal planning for you. Any of these recipes are sure to be a hit with your family and friends.
- Crispy Chicken Thighs with Schmaltzy Vinaigrette from Cooking Light.
- These Citrus and Chile Braised Short Ribs sound like a great way to spice up an old classic, from Bon Appetit.
- Martha Stewart had us at “pomegranate,” with this Meyer Lemon Brisket with Pomegranate Gremolata.
- If you like briney flavors as much as we do, this Bluefish with Grape Leaves from Food & Wine should be a favorite.
Appetizers and Sides
- This Herbed Lemon Quinoa from Saveur looks so delicious!
- Who doesn’t love tiny things? These Cauliflower Kugel Bites from Joy of Kosher are cute AND tasty.
- Moroccan Carrot Salad with Harissa from Food52 would add color and vibrant taste to your table.
- Orange-Almond Cake from Cooking Light (plus tips on where you can find Kosher for Passover almond extract and powdered sugar)
- Nobody does dessert better than Deb of Smitten Kitchen, so here are her favorite show-stopping desserts for Passover, including a recipe for cornstarch-free, Kosher for Passover powdered sugar.
- If the bunny doesn’t bring you enough sugar to satisfy your sweet tooth, this baked French toast casserole with a cinnamon crumb topping is so.good. The best thing about baked French toast is it can be prepared the night before and cooked the next morning, allowing for maximum fun and family time on the holiday itself. From The Pioneer Woman via Two Peas & Their Pod.
- These Baked Eggs with Spinach and Mushrooms from Smitten Kitchen are arguably a health food PLUS, as she notes, they look like Easter baskets. Bonus points for being simple enough that you don’t have to miss the joy of the egg hunt in order to prepare breakfast.
- These Spinach, Cheese, and Bacon Bread Puddings look like the embodiment of comfort food! From Cooking Light.
- This colorful spinach salad would be a beautiful addition to any brunch spread.
- Ann Byrn is a master in the kitchen and her Southern Spoonbread looks divine.
- Ham seems to get all the glory for Easter, but lamb feels like such a rare and special treat. This braised lamb shank from Southern Living would be perfect!
- But if ham is your jam (sorry, couldn’t resist), we’d try this Tangerine-Glazed version from Tyler Florence.
- These Creamy Spring Peas with Pancetta from the Food Network look so delicious!
- This Herbed Ricotta and Asparagus Tart really puts the best of spring on display! From Cooking Light.
- We made this lemon coconut cake from Sally’s Baking Addiction last year and it was incredible! We’ve already been asked to make it again.
- We love that How Sweet Eats updates classic carrot cake with the addition of pistachios (our favorite) AND doesn’t slather it with too much cream cheese frosting. (Not that we have anything against cream cheese frosting. We aren’t monsters.)
- Chocolate isn’t just for those foil-wrapped bunnies. Ina Garten puts chocolate center stage in this Brownie Tart recipe.
We hope this helps you put together a perfect menu for your celebrations with family and friends! Enjoy your celebrations!