Easter is coming this weekend, and that means family, friends, and food. Every holiday has its “go-to” menu, and this occasion is no different. Be sure that each bite will bring back memories and even help build new ones. So whether you’re a die-hard traditionalist or trying something new this year, grab a few menu ideas to keep the crowds happy. You won’t even have to leave the egg-hunt when you get them delivered.
Historically, the Easter menu was heavily influenced by seasonal availability. Although we’re no longer restricted to certain foods, many traditional meals are shaped by these seasonal rituals. Some come as a surprise! For example, the Ham that is served at Sunday dinner is actually a byproduct of practical food storage. Cured meat survived through the beginning of spring, which was before fresh meat could be acquired. Order a classic spread – baked ham with scalloped potatoes, and asparagus with hot cross buns. Pair this meal with a delicious Pinot Noir or Riesling.
Serving lamb is also a popular custom – the practice is said to have roots in the traditional Passover meal. Take this chance to order in some lamb chops or lamb shoulder for that hungry table. Round out the meal with complimentary dishes such as a spring greens salad, roasted potatoes and warm rolls. Don’t forget to serve a little Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot.
And to those of you non-traditionalists, I’ve included this menu for you. When it comes down to it, Easter’s about the people you share moments with, not so much the historical authenticity of the food. Create your own traditions! Try serving a simple roasted chicken with spring peas and roasted vegetables. You’ll save time with this simple meal, when you choose to order in. Be sure to dine with a few bottles of Syrah or Chardonnay. Just remember, you don’t have to do slave away in the kitchen to enjoy the holidays.
So whether you’re creating new traditions or observing old ones, celebrate with good company, great memories, and amazing food.
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Ashley Howe is a food enthusiast, a clean-eating blogger and a full-time chef to two little ones. When not experimenting in the kitchen, Ashley likes to seek out new foods and ways to make eating deliciously fun and accessible to everyone. You can find her recipes and tips at AshleyRightNow.wordpress.com and follow her on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
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