Many of us spend weeks planning our Thanksgiving and Christmas meals, but how many of us do the same for Easter? It’s a shame, too, because the beginning of the spring growing season means Easter is a great time for cooking. If you’re too fatigued from the holiday season to think about a big Easter meal, but still want to do something special, here’s four Easter recipes to get you started. They’re all super easy, and guaranteed to be a hit for kids and grown-ups alike. All of the kitchenware and serving dishes we recommend for these recipes come from Target and Kohls. To save on these kitchen essentials and more, take advantage of our Target promo codes and Kohls coupons, which save you a ton with just the click of a button.
Starter: Deviled Eggs
Deviled eggs are an Easter staple. And for good reason, too. Eggs and Easter go hand-in-hand, and these creamy, tangy snacks are super easy to make. So easy, in fact, that they’re a great way to get the kids involved in the kitchen. Set up a station for them early on Easter day, and have them make a dozen or more for the family.
Start by boiling at least 6 eggs. Remember, each egg is cut in half, so 6 eggs makes a dozen deviled eggs. If you’re worried about your children handling boiled water, invest in an egg cooker like the Dash Go Rapid Egg Cooker ($29.99 at Kohls). This model has one of the highest capacities on the market – 6 eggs at a time – and boils them up in a jiffy, too. All you have to do is arrange the eggs and pour water into the cooker, and in less than 15 minutes, you’ll be ready to devil your eggs.
Submerge the boiled eggs into ice water until they’re cool enough to handle. Next, gently peel off the shell. Cut the eggs in half (kids can do this with a butter knife), and use a spoon to scoop out the yolks. Collect the yolks in a bowl, then add about a cup of mayonnaise, and whatever other ingredients you like. The traditional recipe is a tablespoon of relish, a couple dashes of Worcestershire sauce, and a shake of salt and pepper. But feel free to add anything you like. Chopped green olives, jalapenos, cumin and chili powder, and paprika are all tasty options.
Mash the yolks and other ingredients together until they make a creamy mixture. Use a teaspoon to scoop small spoonfuls of the mixture into the center of each egg. You should have more than enough for each egg, so don’t be afraid to pile it on! After finishing each egg, arrange it on an egg tray. This traditional glass egg tray from Libbey Selene ($24.99 at Kohls) is perfect for an Easter feast. Though not necessary, an egg tray is a nice touch. Plus, with our Kohls coupons, it’ll be well worth the price.
Main Course: Garlic-And-Herb-Roasted Lamb
Besides Christmas, Easter is one of lamb’s few times to shine. So you’ll want to make this lamb a memorable experience. With this recipe, a memorable experience doesn’t have to cause a lot of stress. Roast lamb with potatoes couldn’t be easier.
Start by finely chopping 2 tablespoons of rosemary and a whole head of garlic. Mix these into a quarter cup of olive oil, along with a dash of salt and pepper. Rub the olive oil and herb-garlic mixture on a defrosted, boneless leg of lamb. A 6 pound lamb is enough for a whole family. Let marinate at room temperature for at least half an hour.
Next, cut 10 red-skinned potatoes into quarters. Arrange the potatoes in the bottom of a heavy-bottomed baking dish. Something like this NaturalStone 20-Cup Baker ($40 at Target) is ideal because stone retains heat very well, and the glazed bottom is great for caramelization. Place the leg of lamb on top of the potatoes, then put the baking dish uncovered in an oven preheated to 450 degrees.
Cook for about an hour and a half, until the potatoes are tender and the lamb cooked through. Transfer the lamb and potatoes to a platter. Let the lamb rest for half an hour before slicing. We recommend using a set like the Threshold Serving Platter Set ($34.99 at Target) to create a unifying theme at the dinner table. With the potatoes in one platter and the lamb in the next, it’ll be clear what the main course is at the table. It’s always a good idea to invest in good baking and serving dishes. Though already reasonably priced, this investment is a no-brainer with our Target promo codes.
Side: Grilled Asparagus
Asparagus season starts in late winter and ends in late spring. So Easter is the perfect time to highlight this tasty vegetable. There’s no better way to cook asparagus than grilling it. A bit of charring brings out the distinctive flavor of asparagus, and as a plus, it takes little time to do. Don’t have a grill? Don’t worry. Invest in a good grill pan. Trust us, you’ll use it all the time. The Fundix by Castey 10.5-inch Grill Pan ($79 at Kohls) mimics best the heat of the grill, and will give you a good char.
Set your stove to high, and place your grill pan on it to pre-heat. While waiting, slice the ends off 2 pounds of asparagus. Usually the bottom inch or so is woody and inedible. Toss the asparagus in a couple tablespoons of olive oil and salt and pepper. When the pan is hot, use tongs to arrange the asparagus on the grill pan. After 5 minutes, gently flip each piece. Five minutes more, and they’re ready to plate.
If you do have a grill, follow the same instruction as above. You can really impress the family this Easter when you bring the asparagus to the table on a Bobby Flay Grill-to-Table Sizzle Platter ($74.99 at Kohls). This platter keeps food sizzling hot until you’re ready to eat – and it looks pretty cool, too. Spring is the start of grilling season. Better stock up! Use our Kohls coupons to save on all your grilling needs.
Dessert: Fruit Parfait & Lemonade
This year, why not do something other than chocolate rabbits and candy-filled eggs? A fruit parfait and lemonade are light and easy, and are two Easter recipes sure to become a staples.
For the parfait, you’ll need a glass bowl. You’ll want to see the parfait’s beautiful, colorful layers. This Libbey Trifle Glass Bowl ($14.99 at Target) is a traditional vessel used to create all sorts of layered treats. Next, make some of homemade whipped cream. Empty a pint of whipping cream into a mixing bowl, then add a couple tablespoons of powdered sugar. Mix with an electric mixer until the cream is fluffy and holds its shape.
The only other ingredients you need are a variety of fresh fruits, nuts, and cookies. You want a lot of variety and color in your parfait. Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, shortbread cookies, and kiwi is just one combination. Start with a layer of whipped cream. Next, arrange one of the ingredients in about an inch-thick layer. Top with whipped cream, then do another layer of the fruits, cookies, or nuts. Continue layering until you reach the top, give it one final sprinkle of toppings, and you’re done!
For the lemonade, why not have some fun and put it in a Threshold Glass Beverage Dispenser ($24.99 at Target)? Kids will have a lot of fun using the dispenser. To make the lemonade, simply fill the dispenser halfway with water, then dissolve 1 cup of sugar per half-gallon of water. Top off the dispenser with lemon juice – fresh-squeezed would be ideal. To give the lemonade extra flavor, fill the dispenser’s infuser with halved lemons and various fruits, like strawberries. For an adults-only lemonade, add a cup of vodka for each half gallon of water. Don’t be afraid to splurge on fun party items like these two pieces! Besides, when you use our Target promo codes, they’re hardly a splurge.
As you can see, it doesn’t take a lot of time, effort, or money to make a great Easter feast. With the right Easter recipes and the right equipment, you can get the whole family to help in the kitchen and make a wholesome meal with minimal stress. These recipes – and the kitchenware they use – are guaranteed to become Easter mainstays. So what are you waiting for? Collect our Target promo codes and Kohls coupons, and get started!