What? Easter is THIS week? I know…it snuck up on me too – but we’ve got you covered with the BEST last minute Easter menu.
I don’t know about you, but for me, the hard part of planning a big meal for a family celebration is picking the menu. If you are old school, this means pouring over your recipe books – trying to remember which book has which recipe. If you google most of your beloved recipes, this means an endless search down the rabbit hole that is the internet.
This takes freakin’ forever – am I right?!!!
Well this year, Danni and I decided to do the work for you and create the” best last minute Easter menu,” with links to all the recipes all in one place.
You are welcome!
Easter is this weekend – let’s get started!
You might not consider an appetizer for your Easter dinner if you are just having your immediate family for the meal, but if you are hosting a crowd, it is always nice to have a few things out for nibbles while people arrive and get settled. Fresh veggies may not seem like a “recipe” but if you put the effort into a homemade dip, like the “green goddess dip” noted below – it just takes things up a notch. Also, I love to check out all the pictures of veggie trays online for inspiration. A really pretty board makes it look like more effort than it actually was. The same can be said for the homemade olives. Yes – you can just buy olives, but warm olives with that homemade touch of orange and chili? YUM!
I have NEVER had a guest not RAVE about the whipped feta crostini – this is a MUST TRY – even if you bookmark it for another time. You WILL NOT be disappointed.
I threw in the caprese sticks because they are simple and fun, and easy to do the day before and put out for guest while you are cooking the big meal. Also – sometimes we just need a reminder of some of the recipes that are simple”go-to’s.” Or is that just me and my menopause brain? 🙂
The best last minute Easter menu needs one of each of the traditional Easter mains, and while I am a “ham traditionalist” I know many love to serve lamb or, dare I say, TURKEY again? If you love ham – we all know how easy it is – you MUST try this cherry and chili version. And bacon wrapped turkey? Need I say more? Of course, we have you covered on our website with Danni’s roasted rosemary lamb chops. Delish.
Roasted Lamb – from Mojo and Moxie
Slow Roasted Beef Tenderloin – from Mojo and Moxie
The number of side dishes that are available for your last minute easter dinner are endless – why not pick a few from our list and call it a day. We are helping you out by linking your fav’s here – so of course, you will find that old stand by – Schwarties Potatoes. Yes, these are not healthy. Yes, everyone knows how to make them, and yes, your kids love them. So you may as well just make them, and be done with it. Side note: I’ve always called these schwartzies – with a Z potatoes – am I the only one pronouncing this wrong my whole life??
You will also find my NEW go-to potato – discovered once my friends lured me over to the dark (and addictive) side of the air fryer!! Our favorite salads, found on Mojo and Moxie already and a couple veggies, round things out.
Light and Easy Summer Salads to make Now – from Mojo and Moxie
NOW – finally to my favorite part. Fun fact – my favorite thing about creating a special menu is ALWAYS the dessert. I get the most excited about what delicious goodness I am going to put on the table at the end of the meal. Easter desserts can be light and lemony – like our lemon shortbread tarts, or down right decadent like our Raspberry Baked Alaska or Speckled Easter Egg chocolate cake. If you are NOT the dessert type – why not something super light and easy, like the frozen berries with white hot chocolate? My girlfriend introduced me to this one, and it is now on the rotation for easy (and healthy-ish) desserts. And of course, Easter wouldn’t be Easter without a sinful carrot cake. 🙂 No matter what you choose from this list, I guarantee you will be happy (and full!)
Raspberry Baked Alaska – from Mojo and Moxie
Lemon Shortbread Tarts – from Mojo and Moxie
So there you have it – our best last minute dinner menu, all set up for you! Just pick your favs, make a list and head to the grocery store.
I hope we’ve saved you some time trying to find all the recipes you need for the weekend. I myself am off the hook, as we are doing Easter brunch late in the afternoon at our golf course. This means easy peasy charcuterie board dinner with maybe, just maybe, one of those decadent desserts…
I will keep you posted!
Happy Easter – hope the Easter bunny leaves you something special.