Whether you are hosting Easter dinner in your apartment for friends and family, going to someone else’s house, or heading home for the holiday, you may find yourself needing a quick dish – if not an entire menu — before Sunday. From a super-simple salad that you can toss together in minutes to a dinner spread that will win you rave reviews, you’ll want recipes guaranteed to impress.
If you are hosting a traditional Easter dinner, a baked ham is likely to be the star of the show. A ham is very easy to prepare. You’ll need a roasting pan, a can of sliced pineapple, brown sugar, and a jar of maraschino cherries. Drain the pineapple juice into a bowl and save it – you’ll make a glaze with that and the brown sugar. If you want to keep it simple you can just use that, or you can add to it. To make it a little less sweet, try using a spoon or two of spicy brown mustard. To sweeten it up even more, add some apricot preserves or maple syrup. Instead of pineapple juice, you can use bourbon or cola. Just make sure it (1) tastes good, and (2) is thick enough to spread over the ham. Cover it with pineapple slices and maraschino cherries (one of each per toothpick). A 10-pound, boneless ham should be in the oven at 325 degrees for roughly two and a half hours.
To go along with the ham — or as a dish to take with you to your gathering – you’ll need a great side dish. Think spring: carrots, asparagus, rhubarb, and new potatoes. A side dish doesn’t have to be complicated. Try one of these side dishes that are perfect for whatever you (or your hosts) serve.
If you don’t want to (or can’t) cook, salads are always appreciated. And with the beautiful spring vegetables, you can make a salad that will be the star of the show. Think baby spinach, strawberries, almonds, and a poppy seed dressing. Or think sweet peas, radishes, and artichoke hearts topped with oil and vinegar. Try making a radish, celery, and snap pea salad with a homemade dressing with white-wine vinegar, sugar, olive oil, mustard, and salt.
Sure, there will be plenty of chocolate bunnies and jelly beans to satisfy even the most voracious sweet tooth. But that doesn’t mean the meal shouldn’t be capped off with a beautiful cake or other confectionary delight.
If you are hosting, be sure to plan an Easter egg hunt if children will be attending! You may not want to do this in your apartment. If the weather is nice, consider having it in your apartment community’s playground or picnic area (check with the apartment manager to make sure the area will be free). If you don’t have an available space, try using a local park. Be sure to hide eggs according to the ages of the children: the eggs should be more visible for very young children and slightly more difficult for older children. You may want to come up with a scavenger hunt (with trivia questions, math questions, or other questions as clues) to use with older children who may find a traditional egg hunt less challenging.