Easter Dinner Ideas
Easter is just a few short days away and many of you have your menus all ready. But for those of you still looking for ideas, here are a few from blog posts in the past. Click on the name of the dish below the photo to take you to the recipe.
Ricotta Broccoli Rape Torta – This is a dish my son makes as an appetizer for Easter, using broccoli rape. No, that spelling is not a mistake, it is rape in Italian, while most Americans spell it broccoli rabe or raab. Any way you spell it, it’s delicious, and a lighter alternative to the heavier, meat-laden pizza piena.
Braided Easter Bread – This bread, studded with hard boiled eggs, is braided with soppressata, olives and cheese, and would be perfect with drinks before dinner.
Grilled Leg of Lamb – Marinated and cooked on the grill, this lamb recipe from Julia Child, is tender and full of flavor.
Honey Baked Ham with roasted grapes – This recipe will make you forget those prepared hams purchased from franchise ham shops – and it’s so easy to make too.
Neapolitan Pastiera – This traditional Southern Italian dessert is made with ricotta and wheat berries.
Colomba Pasquale – It wouldn’t be Easter in most Italian households without this Easter dove, which you can make at home too.
Coconut covered lamb cake – A childhood favorite, I continue the tradition with the same cake mold my mother used more than sixty years ago.
chocolate lamb cake – Why not give equal time to the black sheep? This cake, decorated with crushed cookie crumbs, will please the chocolate lovers in your family.
coconut cream Easter eggs – These are a weakness of mine, which is why I can’t make them more than once every few years. Otherwise, I’d end up eating dozens of them.
Perfect hard boiled eggs – And if you don’t make any of the above recipes, you’ll probably make hard-boiled eggs at some point. If you’ve ever struggled with peeling them, here’s a primer that will help you avoid frustration.
Buona Pasqua a tutti!
I made a Pastiera today and have a couple of other things to make tomorrow. I love your lambs and will have try one next year!
A spectacular selection of Easter suggestions reflecting cultural & family traditions. Buona Pasqua!
Wonderful Easter dishes and traditions, Linda! I love that gorgeous torta. Never new it was called rape in Italian.
Lots of great ideas. I’ll have to save them. I especially love the torta – I’ve got to make it next year. Easter is later next year and we’ll be home in time to prepare a nice feast with family. Buona Pasqua!! Un abbraccio.
I don’t know your son’s pie – but it does look lighter than the Pizza Rustica I often make but is now getting too rich for me. Loving the braided bread – Easter may be gone but that could still come to my table. Just in love with the symbolism and tradition of an Italian Easter dinner.
That broccoli rape pie is a showstopper! I wish I could find rapini more easily here/ You lamb cakes are charming. It looked like you had a very Happy and delicious Easter
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