From Ham to Lamb: 21 Easy Easter Recipes Anyone Can Master

Simple is delicious with these Easter ham and lamb recipes for cooks of all skill levels
From Ham to Lamb: 21 Easy Easter Recipes Anyone Can Master


European tradition dictates serving a lamb dish, such as this roasted leg of lamb, on Easter.

There seem to be two camps when it comes to Easter: those who eat lamb and those who eat ham. Serving lamb on Easter is a European tradition, whereas European settlers in the Americas had to adapt to what was available by swapping lamb for the more readily available cured pork.

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No matter what your Easter traditions include, we have 21 impressive recipes for an Easter main course that are simple enough for anyone to master. Glaze a whole ham in Coca-Cola for a sweet and salty main course or slow-roast a whole leg of lamb with garlic and oregano.

If you are running low on time, utilize your slow-cooker for a simple ham recipe that will cook while you go about your day or try a make-ahead casserole for Easter brunch.

Preparation is half the battle when feeding a large crowd on a holiday, so check-out our guide for making the perfect Easter ham that will explain everything from which ham to buy to getting it on the table in time for the celebration. If ham isn’t your thing, we have a step-by-step guide to ensure your Easter leg of lamb turns out tender, juicy, and flavorful every time.

For more main course-worthy dishes to serve this Easter, including everything from ham to lamb, check out our 21 recipes that are easy enough for anyone to master.

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Angela Carlos contributed to this roundup.