11 Dinner Recipes That Are Perfect for Easter

There's something here for everyone at your table!

<p>Simply Recipes / Alison Bickel</p>

Simply Recipes / Alison Bickel

Easter coincides with the beginning of spring, and after long months of snow and rain, I feel giddy with excitement. I look forward to the once-per-year ritual of laughing while our teens race around the backyard looking for chocolate-filled eggs, just like when they were little. I can't help but feel happy as I pass out Easter baskets filled with goodies and see their smiles.

Then, we'll sit down and enjoy a dinner of ham, potatoes, asparagus, and dinner rolls together, finished with a thick slice of carrot cake. It feels special to slow down and mark the arrival of longer, sunnier days and the new season together.

Let’s pull out the linens and set the table for a showstopping Easter dinner.

Classic Rack of Lamb

<p>Simply Recipes / Ciara Kehoe</p>

Simply Recipes / Ciara Kehoe

Ham isn't your only option for Easter dinner! A simple rub of garlic and herbs allows the flavor of the juicy lamb chops to shine.

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Glazed Baked Ham

<p>Simply Recipes / Lori Rice</p>

Simply Recipes / Lori Rice

It wouldn’t be Easter at my house without glazed ham on the table. There are two different glazes to pick from: sweet honey mustard or honey thyme. You really can’t go wrong.

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Asparagus Quiche with Fontina Cheese

Sheryl Julian
Sheryl Julian

Quiche is a crowd-pleaser at Easter, and this one will make vegetarians happy. It's filled with vibrant spring asparagus and creamy fontina cheese.

Cuban-Style Roast Pork

Marta Rivera
Marta Rivera

Mojo marinated pork shoulder is packed with citrus, garlic, and herb flavors. As an added bonus, you can put this roast in the slow cooker and it will be ready exactly when you want it to be.

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Brown Sugar Baked Ham with Pineapple

Alison Bickle
Alison Bickle

Pineapple adds a festive, citrusy touch to baked ham but brown sugar is the real hero here. Rub the brown sugar on the ham a day before Easter for the fullest sweet and savory flavor.

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Panko Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Dijon Cream Sauce

Elise Bauer
Elise Bauer

This tenderloin is marinated in a mixture of buttermilk and Dijon mustard and then coated in toasted Panko. You can serve the sauce on the side instead of under the tenderloin if preferred.

Asparagus Tart with Goat Cheese

Sally Vargas
Sally Vargas

This vegetarian dish will make everyone oooh and ahhh as you carry it to the table and no one needs to know how easy it is to make! Frozen puff pastry is the secret.

Roast Leg of Lamb

Elise Bauer
Elise Bauer

Lamb is an excellent choice for a stunning Easter dinner. Enhance the flavor of the tender meat with citrus and herbs and serve with a bright spring salad.

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Stuffed Shells

<p>Simply Recipes / Sally Vargas</p>

Simply Recipes / Sally Vargas

These cheesy stuffed shells are a showstopping vegetarian main that everyone at the table will enjoy. You can assemble these up to 3 days ahead of time and then bake on Easter.

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Pork Crown Roast

Elise Bauer
Elise Bauer

Crown roast is main worthy of a special dinner. The butcher will French the pork ribs and tie it into the crown shape.

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Grilled Butterflied Leg of Lamb

Elise Bauer
Elise Bauer

Now that the days are longer, take Easter dinner outside and let the grill do the work. Serve medium rare with mint chimichurri.

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