Forget April showers; it looks like almost beautiful weather is on tap for this Easter weekend. While the sky will not be a cloudless bright blue, it won’t rain on our Easter Parades or egg hunts. If you’ve lived in New England for awhile, you know how unusual this is!
To Start: A holiday wouldn’t be a holiday without a big platter of shrimp. Forget the same-old/same-old shrimp with the red cocktail sauce. Give my Artichoke Leaves with Shrimp a try. Not feeling like shrimp, how about Smoked Salmon Mousse? For a little crunch, add a platter of crispy vegetables and a small bowl of Tapenade. And I always like to set out a bowl of Roasted Almonds to nibble.
The Main Event: Like the French and Italians, I look forward to lamb at Easter. If you’ve got a big crowd, Braised Lamb with Artichokes and Mushrooms and Creamy Polenta is great. Enjoy cocktails with your guests while the lamb braises in the oven. Grilled Lamb is also a great choice … especially when someone volunteers to man the grill.
The perfect side dish for the grilled lamb is Asparagus Risotto.
For a Sweet Finish: Something lemony is perfect for spring. How about lemon Cheesecake, Cupcakes, or my favorite Tart? If you are mad for strawberries, garnish Lemon Mousse with lots of berries or go all out with Strawberry & White Chocolate Fool Parfaits.
Have a wonderful weekend with family and friends. Bon appétit!
And if you prefer a roast ham or a buffet brunch for Easter, I’ve got great menus for a Traditional Holiday Ham Dinner and a Buffet Brunch. Lamb, Ham or Brunch, I’ve got you covered with menus and recipes to delight you and your guests.
What’s on your Easter menu? I’d love to hear from you! Let’s get a conversation going. To make a comment, just click on Comments below. I’d be delighted to add you to the growing list of blog subscribers. To subscribe: just scroll back up, fill in your email address and click on the Sign Me Up button.
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© Susan W. Nye, 2012