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When it comes to Easter dinner, the centerpiece protein in the United States is traditionally 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.
Easter signals the start of spring, which means it’s time to break out the grill. This classic grilled leg of lamb is marinated in an herby red wine and lemon mixture, giving it layers and layers of flavor. Serve with grilled spring onions and asparagus for a festive seasonal meal.
Knowing how to make the perfect prime rib unlocks a world of potential for special holiday meals, and this Christmastime crowd pleaser is also perfect for Easter. The best part of prime rib? The leftovers and everything you can make with leftover prime rib.
If you don't prefer ham but still want a hearty pork dinner for Easter, consider this roasted pork loin seasoned with a celebratory blend of brown sugar, orange zest and anise.
Maple lovers, rejoice! You can use the season’s superb syrup as a brine for this turkey fit for a feast, leading to a satisfying sweet meat.
You may think of brisket as one of the best recipes for Passover, so if you’re an interfaith family, you can be right on the money with this recipe. But even if you're not Jewish, anyone can really appreciate this slow cooked, uber tender cut of beef.
This hearty, savory pie is filled with chicken thighs, spicy pork sausages and dried apricots for just a touch of sweetness. It's a stunning, special centerpiece for your holiday meal.
Everything bagel seasoning mix is great for everything, from avocado toast to this roasted chicken recipe. Paired with seasonal new potatoes, you have an easy sheet pan dinner that tastes like it took a ton of time and effort.
Baked feta pasta has been all over the internet this year, and that viral recipe actually translates really well to holiday cooking. Stuff your salmon with feta and serve with blistered cherry tomatoes for a fun pescatarian-friendly meal.
Just because you’re not in the mood for ham doesn’t mean you can’t go all-in on pork for Easter. This pork shoulder recipe is stuffed with Italian sausage for tons of seasoned flavor.
A spring recipe perfect for Easter Sunday, these thick, marinated lamb chops get bright flavors from lemon and fresh chopped parsley. Serve with roasted carrots and scalloped potatoes for a full meal.
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 the best-ever Easter brunch.
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