If visions of Easter hams danced through your head all winter long, yet you can’t shake the idea of some succulent leg of lamb, we have the perfect menu for you. Let both the ham and the lamb be stars, served with fresh, colorful springtime side dishes. Round out your feast with some freshly baked breads and Easter-themed sweet treats. I have a large family of hungry eaters, so these recipes are sized for 12 people. You can easily adapt them to your family’s size.
Easter Feast Menu: Classic Leg of Lamb
Mommy’s Special Ham
Make-Ahead Penne Primavera
Salad of Many Colors
Parsley Buttered Potatoes
Traditional Harvard Beets
Special Green Beans Lamb Cake
When I think of Easter, I think of pastel colors, the gathering of extended family that I love but don’t get to see very often, good food, sweet treats, and of course, the resurrection of Jesus Christ,.
Classic Easter activities include going to church in the morning and then gathering with loved ones for a delicious meal and hunting for Easter eggs, but if you want this Easter to be a little different, there are lots of non-traditional things to do.
Egg People One activity we always enjoy is to make “egg people.” Take raw eggs and carefully chop the tops off (use the eggs to make breakfast). Rinse the empty egg shells and set aside to dry. Put potting soil and a scattering of seeds (rye seeds work well because they grow so quickly) into each egg. Draw a face on the egg, or use googly eyes. Once the grass grows, your egg person will have a full head of green hair. You can style it or cut it! These always turn out so cute and are super fun to make. Continue reading →
This is our family’s all-time favorite dinner roll recipe. Whenever I make them for a potluck I get nothing but compliments. They are light and fluffy, and come out heavenly every time! For whole wheat rolls you can substitute whole wheat flour and 4 Tbsp vital wheat gluten for the bread flour. I like using freshly ground hard white wheat for a healthier alternative. You may even want to enjoy them as part of your Easter feast this year!
Na-Na's Delicious Dinner Rolls
Nevermind the missing one in the photo - I just couldn't resist!
Mix all ingredients together well; I put them in my bread machine and set it to 'dough' to mix and knead, this setting allows the dough to rise for about an hour.
You can also knead the dough until smooth and elastic, then allow to rise for an hour in a large mixing bowl covered with a towel.
When the dough is finished rising, knead a little more, then pull off 12 equally sized pieces to place in each section of a greased muffin pan. You can also just plop these pieces onto a greased cookie sheet.
Allow the dough to rise for 30 more minutes.
Preheat oven to 400. When ready, bake for 8 minutes, or until the tops are nicely browned. Immediately after removing them from the oven, rub the top of each roll with butter to make them soft and even more delicious.
*TIP: Flour your hands well before you knead and pull the dough. If it starts sticking to your fingers, don't wash them, just rub more flour onto your hands. Otherwise, it will be all too much like pulling taffy- a mess!
*You can also use this bread recipe for cinnamon rolls or a soup bowl!