Recipes and Wine Picks for Easter Dinner

As Easter approaches, it’s time to gather with loved ones and indulge in a feast that celebrates the spirit of the spring season. Whether you’re planning a traditional Easter dinner or looking for innovative recipes to add a modern twist, we have just the recipe to add to your table. From succulent roasted lamb and glazed ham to vibrant spring salads and tasty desserts, we’ve curated a collection of mouthwatering recipes that will elevate your Easter celebration to a culinary masterpiece. Get ready to delight your guests with flavors that embody the essence of this joyous season. Plus, view our top Easter wine picks from contributor Adam Knoerzer to create a dinner that’s completely planned through.

Ham With Blueberry Yuzu Glaze

An aerial view of a cooked ham with blueberry yuzu glaze sitting in a white roasting tray with blueberries, thyme, and lemon garnishing the meat.

The ham is the centerpiece of the Easter dining table but it doesn’t have to be the basic honey-glazed ham you’ve always had. Our Blueberry Yuzu Glaze is a marriage of sweet and spiced flavors with a hint of berry for something different. Add a delicious decoration of rosemary pecans and your gathering is ready. 

Rack of Lamb with Traditional English Mint Sauce

rack of lamb

If you’re looking for a protein that isn’t ham, lamb is another popular choice for your main Easter dish. It’s tender and absorbs all the yummy flavors it’s cooked in. In this case, our Rack of Lamb is paired with a Traditional English Mint Sauce. This sauce is vinegar-heavy with tinges of fresh mint which compliments the slightly-gamey taste of lamb. 

Roasted Potato Salad

Three individual blue bowls above a green serving bowl filled with a vibrant potato salad of yellow, green, red, and purple ingredient

Easter is a great marking of the spring season and having a spring side on hand can enhance fresh flavors at your table. Our Roasted Potato Salad is loaded with good-for-you ingredients like celery, arugula, and red onion. Plus, the addition of a vinegar-based dressing instead of the usual mayonnaise makes the salad lower in sugar, fat, and even more tasty with the additional zest.

Brussels Sprouts in Orange and Apricot Sauce

An aerial view of a bowl of Brussels Sprouts covered in an Orange Apricot Sauce.

When cooking vegetables, you can ultimately create a whole new dish just by experimenting with different additions. Here we take brussels sprouts and roast them in an orange apricot sauce that becomes like a glaze. It gives the brussels sprouts a sweet kick you wouldn’t expect from this hearty veggie. Finish this dish off with some fried onions for an extra crunch. 

Roasted Radishes and Farro with Mint Lime Vinaigrette

Roasted Radishes & Farro with Mint Lime Vinaigrette sits on a green plate with a gold fork positioned to the left. A farro dish

If you’re looking for a light, spring salad to serve before your dinner, try this medley of farmer’s market produce. The main feature of this salad is the farro, a rich, nutty grain that’s filling but not overpowering. We adorn this ancient grain with roasted radishes, feta cheese, pomegranate seeds, and a Mint Lime Vinaigrette that you’ll start using on all your salads.

Carrot Miso Cupcakes

A flat-lay view of seven carrot miso cupcakes.

You can’t have a proper Easter feast without dessert. These delectable Carrot Miso Cupcakes are an elevated nod towards the Easter Bunny. They use fresh grated carrots in the batter and little carrot decorations on top. Plus, a touch of white miso paste balances out the sweetness of the cream cheese frosting with a unique, mild umami flavor. 

The Wines

Pierre Sparr Crémant d’Alsace Brut Rosé NV (Alsace, France)

A beautiful pale salmon color in the glass, this standout offers high-quality fizz full of soft red fruit flavors like strawberry and underripe cherry with a creamy mousse and a hint of toasted nuts.  Serve as a welcome drink or enjoy throughout your meal.

Zorzettig Friulano 2021 (Friuli, Italy)

This is a bargain find on shelves. This white wine is full of delicate and crisp pear and melon aromas accompanied by spring blossoms. On the palate, a burst of refreshing citrus brightens things up and preps you for your next bite.

De Wetshof “Limestone Hill” Chardonnay 2022 (Robertson, South Africa)

Completely unoaked, this Chardonnay is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. It has pristine aromas and flavors of juicy grapefruit, white peach, and a kiss of nuttiness. This is for all of your friends and family who swear they don’t like Chardonnay. It is a wine to change hearts and minds with utter deliciousness thanks to the chalky limestone soils in which the grapes grow.

Türk Blauer Zweigelt Elegant 2021 (Niederösterreich, Austria) 

This juicy red wine offers tons of sour cherry, blackberry, and raspberry aromas and flavors without weighing down the palate thanks to its velvety and soft tannins and high acidity. If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to Pinot noir or Beaujolais, give this Zweigelt a look.

Domaine des Tourelles ‘Vieilles Vignes” Carignan 2020 (Bekaa Valley, Lebanon)

Fleshy red fruits swirl around the nose accompanied by hints of licorice root, rosemary, and earth for a satisfying sip that delivers bold flavor with finesse thanks to its silky smooth tannins and time aging in concrete. If lamb or other red meats find their way to your table, make sure this wine is in your glass for maximum enjoyment.

Story by Kylie Thomas and Adam Knoerzer

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