14 Easter Dinner Ideas That Break from Tradition
Get creative with your Easter dinner recipes this year by trying these fun, healthy, and fresh takes on the holiday’s traditional fare.
Jalapeno peach glazed ham
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If you do want to serve the classic Easter ham as your dinner entree, consider some new ways to prepare and serve it that will surprise and delight guests. Melissa Cookston, a seven-time world barbecue champion who also owns several southern barbecue restaurants, likes this version of a Smithfield bone-in ham seasoned with BBQ rub and cooked in a Big Green Egg or another smoker. She then glazes it with jalapenos, peach preserves, and orange juice. Here are the myths and legends that sparked Easter traditions.
Ham and brie lasagna
If you want to skip serving a full ham, but still want that traditional element at your Easter meal, this hearty entree from Executive Chef Lorenzo Boni of Barilla U.S. combines ham, brie, and peas in a lasagna. Chef Boni says it’s also a great make-ahead dish (prep it up to 2 days ahead of time and bake right before serving), because lasagna only gets tastier as it settles.
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An alternative to ham, this meatloaf uses common ingredients that are likely already in your kitchen. “It’s worth straying from the traditional holiday menu, because this dish is not only filling and comforting, but also incredibly easy to prepare,” says Vera Stewart, author of The VeryVera Cookbook: Recipes from my Table.
1⁄2 pound ground beef (80/20 ground chuck recommended)
1⁄4 pound hot pork sausage (Jimmy Dean® recommended)
1 cup Panko bread crumbs
1 large egg
1 1⁄2 teaspoons salt
1⁄4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 medium Vidalia onion,chopped
1⁄2 cup marinara sauce
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1⁄2 cup marinara sauce
2 tablespoons yellow mustard
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons white vinegar
Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, mix all meatloaf ingredients together until well blended. In a separate bowl, mix together sauce ingredients, and set aside. Press the meatloaf mixture into an 8 x 4-inch loaf pan. Bake for 45 minutes. Drain fat, and cover with sauce. Bake an additional five to ten minutes. Remove from oven, and let rest for ten minutes before slicing.
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Homemade peach ice tea
courtesy Annessa Chumbley
With all this delicious food, your guests will need something just as tempting with which to wash it all down. Instead of just another soda or lemonade, try this refreshing and fruity tea from Annessa Chumbley, RDN, that’s simple to prepare in the morning before friends and family arrive.
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