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Lamb, Prime Rib and 10 Other Easter Feasts That Aren’t Ham

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Forget that tired old ham and try these Easter dinners instead
Easter meal

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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.

Braised Beef Brisket

Braised Beef Brisket
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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.

Classic French Ratatouille

Classic French Ratatouille
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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.

Duck Legs With Potatoes, Apples and Brown Cabbage

Duck Legs With Potatoes, Apples and Brown Cabbage
Trine Hahnemann

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.

For the Duck Legs With Potatoes, Apples and Brown Cabbage recipe, click here.

Frittata With Asparagus, Mushrooms and Red Onion

Frittata With Asparagus, Mushrooms and Red Onion
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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.

Pot-Roasted Shoulder of Lamb Cooked in Buttermilk

Pot-Roasted Shoulder of Lamb Cooked in Buttermilk
Alan Benson

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.

Pistachio-Crusted Lamb Rack

Pistachio-Crusted Lamb Rack
Jane Bruce

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.

Pork Tenderloin With Warm Plum Salsa

Pork Tenderloin With Warm Plum Salsa
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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.

Prime Rib Roast With Potato and Rutabaga Gratin

Prime Rib Roast With Potato and Rutabaga Gratin
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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.

Roast Chicken

Roast Chicken
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This simply seasoned roast chicken is easy to prepare and will please and feed your entire family. Because you adjust the oven temperature as the bird roasts, the result is a wonderfully crispy skin and juicy, tender meat.

For the Roast Chicken recipe, click here.

Pea Pesto Salmon

Pea Pesto Salmon
Haylie Duff

For the seafood lovers out there, this simple salmon dish is the perfect main course for spring. A pea pesto made of peas, basil, pecorino and citrus is brightly flavored and colored, making for a stunning presentation.

For the Pea Pesto Salmon recipe, click here.

Roasted Turkey Tenderloins

Roasted Turkey Tenderloins
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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.