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Easter Dinner Dishes That Aren’t Ham or Lamb

Easter Dinner Dishes That Aren’t Ham or Lamb

When it comes time to plan Easter dinner, a glazed ham or a big roast leg of lamb always feel like the defaults. They’re classics for sure, but they’re far from the only options for your spring celebration. I enjoy changing up our Easter dinner menu every year, in part because ham is usually too much food for our small gathering, and not everyone enjoys lamb. Plus it’s fun to have a rotating seasonal menu that feels new.


But what to make? Large cuts of beef, roast turkey, and cheesy pans of baked pasta are well-suited for the winter months, but don’t quite have the light, fresh feeling so many of us crave in April. Instead, your best bet is sticking with crowd-pleasers like pork tenderloin or pork chops with can be easily dressed up with a sauce or simple glaze. (You might not be making a ham, but you can still use a ham glaze on your tenderloin!)

If you want to switch it up this year, here are fresh ideas for Easter mains that aren’t ham or lamb.

1. Stuffed Chicken Breast with Spinach & Cheese

Any time you want to dress up an everyday chicken breast into a dinner that feels fancy, all you need to do is stuff it with some greens and cheese. It turns a weeknight family favorite into a meal impressive enough for guests.

Get the recipe: Stuffed Chicken Breast with Spinach & Cheese

2. Pork Loin with Herb Potatoes and Vegetables

If you’re looking for an Easter dinner that’s as wildly delicious as it is ridiculously easy to get on the table, you’ve come to the right spot. This 3-ingredient dinner (yes, really) starts with some of our favorite smart shortcuts from Trader Joe’s. A juicy pork loin roast is rubbed with a roasted garlic and herb compound butter, which adds a warm blanket of rich flavor. It’s cooked on a sheet pan with a bag of country potatoes, which happen to be mixed with haricots verts (green beans) and wild mushrooms.

Get the recipe: Sheet Pan Pork Loin with Herb Potatoes and Vegetables

3. Honey-Glazed Pork Tenderloin

On the years we don’t have ham, this is my favorite thing to cook for Easter dinner. The tenderloin, which comfortably feeds about four, is simply cooked, but finished with a sweet and tangy mustard-flecked glaze that makes it feel fancy.

Get the recipe: Honey-Glazed Pork Tenderloin

4. Feta-Brined Chicken Breast with Rosemary

Lots of briny feta and roasted garlic transform mild-mannered chicken breasts into a full-flavored, holiday-worthy meal.

Get the recipe: Feta-Brined Chicken Breast with Rosemary

5. Juicy & Tender Roasted Pork Loin

If you prefer to skip the ham and lamb, a juicy pork loin is a nice alternative when you need a main to feed a crowd.

Get the recipe: How To Make Juicy & Tender Roasted Pork Loin: The Simplest, Easiest Method