From Ham to Lamb: 21 Easy Easter Recipes Anyone Can Master Gallery
March 6, 2018
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
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.
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.
Baked Ham With Wheat Germ Crust
Try this simple recipe that beats any of the pre-seasoned hams you might find at the grocery store. Cooking a fresh ham will keep you from ingesting all that extra bloating sodium this Easter.
Classic Ham and Leek Frittata
Need a simple breakfast item for your Easter table? This ham and leek frittata uses fresh spring vegetables with delicious Easter ham in a quick and easy way that any cook can perfect.
Coca-Cola Glazed Ham
Try this old Southern recipe this Easter for a sweet baked ham that uses Coca-Cola to achieve that shiny, sugar-coated ham.
Double Smoked Easter Ham
What’s better than a smoked ham for Easter Sunday? How about a double smoked ham that’s been ramped up with a little peach-ginger injection and a peach finishing glaze? — Clint Cantwell
Easter Ham, Asparagus, and Tomato Strata
Serve this ham strata with spring vegetables at your Easter morning brunch. This simple breakfast casserole can be assembled the night before and then baked the day of your family gathering.
Grilled Boneless Leg of Lamb
Spring grilling wouldn’t be complete without a great lamb recipe. And when I think of flavoring lamb, I always stick with light, bright tastes. Good olive oil, fresh rosemary, lemons, a little red wine, and not much more. I tend to cook my lamb hot and fast, providing guests with the bite of a quick char and the richness of a medium-rare interior. — Clint Cantwell
Lamb Chops With Fava Beans
We can’t help but co-opt this classic Roman dish for our Easter table. These lamb chops are cooked to a perfect medium-rare, and are served with a fresh squeeze of lemon juice, drizzle of olive oil, and spring beans.
Lemon and Fresh Herb Grill-Roasted Leg of Lamb
This simple-to-follow recipe teaches you how to grill your lamb over indirect heat while still developing that caramelized crust.
Mageiritsa (Easter Lamb Soup)
Whether you are Greek or not, you can enjoy this classic Greek Easter soup recipe that is richly flavored with lamb and offal in a lemony broth.
The rich flavors of maple syrup and vanilla combine to create the perfect complement for your salty Easter ham.
Mini Baked Ham Sandwiches
Serve these mini baked ham sandwiches at your Easter picnic. These sandwiches are easy-to-make with a store-bought precooked ham and perfect for a large crowd enjoying the beautiful spring weather.
Pimento Cheese Biscuits With Country Ham
Looking for a way to add a brunch-y touch to your Easter party this year? Try serving these ham and pimento cheese biscuits. Use store-bought country ham for a simple, time-saving trick.
Pistachio-Crusted Lamb Rack
If you are having a smaller crowd this Easter, try serving lamb chops instead of leg of lamb. These pistachio-crusted chops take less than 15 minutes in the oven and taste heavenly.
Roast Baby Lamb With Rosemary
This leg of lamb recipe calls for mild-flavored baby lamb that is seasoned with garlic, rosemary, crushed anchovies, and mint. The lamb is roasted and then served with artichokes for a delicious addition to your Easter dinner table.
Roasted Bone-In Lamb Leg With Rosemary and Lemon
Roasted Boneless Leg of Lamb With Fingerling Potatoes, Leeks, and Mint Salsa Verde
Mint salsa verde brightens up earthy roasted lamb. Remove the lamb from the fridge about two hours before you want to start cooking to coat with the herb salsa to infuse the flavor and bring the meat to room temperature. — The American Lamb Board
Roasted Whole Ham With Orange Honey Glaze
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It doesn’t get much simpler than this ham recipe that uses a precooked store-bought ham. Just add the homemade orange and honey glaze for a finishing touch, and serve to your hungry Easter guests.
Slow-Cooker Brown Sugar and Honey Ham
Your perfect secret weapon for a delicious Easter dinner on a time crunch. This honeyed ham is sweet and salty and cooks in your slow-cooker while you go about your hectic day.
Southwest Glazed Rack of Lamb
Southwest Glazed Rack of Lamb
This rack of lamb recipe packs a hidden punch. Seasoned with Tabasco sauce, chili powder, and serrano chile peppers this dish has plenty of spicy Southwestern flavor.
The Zahav Lamb Shoulder
This lamb shoulder recipe is perfect for a special occasion. Rubbed with fennel seed, allspice, pepper, and garlic, the dish has a distinctly Middle Eastern flavor. The shoulder rests on a bed of chickpeas that only enhance the dish’s flavor.
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