When it comes to Easter dinner, the centerpiece protein in the United States is pretty much always ham. Salty, slightly smoked, and glazed with brown sugar, ham is a budget-friendly and delicious meat that suits most palates — but not all palates.
Whether you’re simply not a fan of ham or want to shake up your routine this Easter Sunday, know that there are plenty of alternative main courses for a bountiful Easter feast that are filled with beautiful flavors, are stunning to look at, and are appropriate for this early spring holiday.
From a simple roast chicken fit for a large family to a decadent pistachio-crusted rack of lamb to vegetarian-friendly seasonal dishes, if you’re looking to move beyond ham, please know that you have options. We combed through The Daily Meal’s massive database of recipes to find beef, duck, turkey, fish and pasta dishes that will make for a wonderful Easter feast.
This brisket is cooked in a rich sauce of tomatoes, celery, pancetta and wine, packing tons of flavor in every tender bite. Its low and slow cooking process allows you to entertain your guests as it cooks.
For the Braised Beef Brisket recipe, click here.
This delicately seasoned wheel of colors uses the produce aisle to its fullest extent. Eggplant, zucchini, squash, onions and bell pepper add enough color and flavor to make this meatless dish feel like a feast fit for a king.
For the Classic French Ratatouille recipe, click here.
This roast duck is seasoned with allspice berries, cardamom, salt and plenty of freshly ground black pepper for a dish that’s wonderfully savory and comforting. Served with seasoned cabbage and some roasted potato and apple, this dish is perfect for spring.
Easter is all about the egg, so break away from deviled eggs and scrambled eggs and make this hearty seasonal frittata. Using fresh asparagus, mushrooms and onions, this dish is colorful, flavorful and simple to make for any Easter brunch or lunch.
For the Frittata With Asparagus, Mushrooms and Red Onion recipe, click here.
This lamb, cooked in buttermilk with an array or aromatic herbs, is sure to be the most tender lamb you’ve ever had! Along with a side of sweet roast pears and some roasted potatoes, this dish is sure to please everyone around the table.
For the Pot-Roasted Shoulder of Lamb Cooked in Buttermilk recipe, click here.
This delicious lamb dish is tender and juicy on the inside, but crunchy and nutty on the outside thanks to a crumbled pistachio crust. Rich in color and flavor, this meal is perfect for any holiday dinner.
For the Pistachio-Crusted Lamb Rack recipe, click here.
If you want to eat pork this Easter but aren’t a ham fan, this moist pork tenderloin recipe is perfect. The warm plum salsa looks stunning on the plate and adds a fresh, bright element to the pork by balancing the meat’s savory flavor with a little sweet fruit.
For the Pork Tenderloin With Warm Plum Salsa recipe, click here.
This tender, hearty roast is perfect for any holiday table, including Easter. With a homemade gravy and potato gratin, this dish is an all-in-one feast.
For the Prime Rib Roast With Potato and Rutabaga Gratin recipe, click here.
Who says that turkey is just for Thanksgiving? This savory turkey tenderloin dish is beautifully seasoned with white wine and rosemary. And because you’re just using the tenderloins, it can be ready in less than 45 minutes.
For the Roasted Turkey Tenderloins recipe, click here.
Few dishes are better suited for special occasions than lasagna. This simple vegetarian version of the Italian classic is easily customizable for whichever vegetables fit your fancy and is one of many delicious pasta recipes like Grandma used to make.
For the Roasted Vegetable Lasagna recipe, click here.
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