Side dishes often play a supporting role at Easter dinner. With the following recipes, however, your accompaniments will be elevated to star-status. Pair your entree with a few of the following suggestions and be prepared for minimal or zero leftovers.
You’ve waited months for warmer temperatures, longer days of sunshine and, most importantly, spring produce, and Easter dinner is the perfect time to showcase the gifts of the season. Combine pasta with baby sweet peas and ham for the decadent Creamy Spring Pasta Bake (Julia’s Pasta Bake) from MyRecipes.com. A layer of parmesan cheese and croutons on top makes the dish irresistible. The peas add a sweet, fresh taste while the cheese and pasta provide your guests with pure comfort food.
Sweet strawberries and tart rhubarb are a match made in salad heaven. The colorful salad from Deb Wise at Southern Living also features a hint of mint, crunchy almonds and a dressing that blends rhubarb syrup, lemon and orange juices. The fresh salad is delicious whether chilled or served at room temperature, according to Wise.
With a side of honey glazed carrots, every guest at your dinner table will be eager to eat their veggies. To whip up the brightly colored and sweet-tasting recipe from Delish, you’ll need butter, honey, garlic powder, dried rosemary, black pepper and kosher salt for the glaze. Fresh thyme adds a colorful garnish.
Your table will instantly benefit from a pop of green. Good Housekeeping’s recipe for lemony asparagus, beans and peas offers spring-fresh veggies drizzled with olive oil and lemon juice and sweetened with honey. A healthy topping of sesame seeds adds a burst of flavor to each bite.
Whether baked, mashed or French-fried, potatoes are crowd-pleasers, and Food Network’s recipe for four-cheese scalloped potatoes are sure to impress. Slice two pounds of russet potatoes into 1/8-inch thick slices and combine heavy cream, garlic, salt, pepper, shredded parmesan cheese, asiago cheese, comte or raclette cheese and mozzarella cheese to create the cheesy, gooey and hard-to-resist dish.
Simple scalloped potatoes may require less culinary effort than the four-cheese version, but they deliver just as much flavor and deliciousness to your Easter dinner. Food Network’s recipe for simple scalloped potatoes favors low-sodium chicken broth, skim milk, nutmeg, garlic and gruyere cheese to dress up the slices of russet potatoes.
Rosemary roasted potatoes from Delish is a side worthy of your Easter dinner and every dinner party you throw. Two pounds of baby potatoes will be transformed by garlic, extra-virgin olive oil, kosher salt, black pepper, rosemary and a 400-degree oven.
Everyone will be reaching for the breadbasket when you serve Good Housekeeping’s recipe for buttery rosemary rolls. The name says it all: These light, fluffy rolls are drenched in butter and rosemary with hints of brown sugar and sea salt on top for a sweet, salty treat.
Make your Easter dinner unforgettable by trying one of these amazing side dishes guaranteed to please your discerning guests.