Thursday, March 28, 2013

Easter Dishes Round Up

Easter is coming up! We spend Easter with Adam's family and it is always a holiday centered around food, which is my favorite kind of holiday. They always do potluck, and I always have an incredibly hard time deciding what to bring! My mind goes completely blank, which is weird since I do have a food blog to reference, but I always want to try something new! Which sometimes always isn't the best strategy, especially when feeding some particularly picky people (remember Adam's taste preferences? He gets them from somewhere...). I don't help the matter by always trying to think of a dish way outside the box. There was this one Christmas I made mashed celery root and apples, knowing full well that I myself don't like celery root and that most likely so will no one else. Adam's mom really tried to like it. It made me want to throw up so I greatly appreciate her effort. Then there was last Easter when I decided to try a new cupcake frosting recipe and ended up with a frosting so liquid-y that I had to serve it on the side as a cupcake "dipping sauce". So, Adam has banned me from using his family and friends as my guinea pigs. This year, I'm making a recipe that I've made before but never actually wrote down so I'm hoping my memory will serve me well! It involves bacon, jalapeno cream cheese, shrimp, and a honey sauce so I'm pretty sure I can't go wrong when it comes to people liking it. And if I'm wrong, I might need to consider getting a new family. (Just kidding!! I love you guys! Seriously, I really do.)

So, if you are running into a real mental road block when it comes to what to serve this Easter, here are some tried and true recipes of mine that I would recommend!


Make a couple of my Breakfast Bacon Apple Tarts - they are sure to be a crowd-pleaser!

My Paleo Espresso Mini Muffins are a great option for Gluten-Free family members. You can double the batch to feed more!

This Sweet Potato, Caramelized Onion, and Blue Cheese Quiche is a real treat!


My Mini Party Sandwiches feature ham, cheese, and a poppy onion seed sauce that is perfect for Spring!

Fruit Pizza would be great for Easter Brunch. Half dessert / half healthy, it is sure to please!

A nice refreshing Asian inspired salad to bring some Easter colors to the party!

Main Dishes:

Beer and Balsamic Braised short ribs are sure to wow your guests. Start them in the morning and let them cook while you entertain. This is a recipe you will for sure want to double if serving more than 4 people.

Crispy Chicken Thighs with Kale In a Clementine Sauce are perfect for a taste of Spring. This recipe only serves 2, so double or triple the recipe and brown your chicken in batches.

Another one of my all time favorite meals - Brown Butter Pork Chops! This is another 2 serving recipe. But you can brown the chops in batches in the cast iron skillet and then cook the browned chops in a large glass dish and then transfer them back to the skillet in batches to baste with brown butter.


Make this German Potato Salad. Seriously, just do it. And double the batch.

Everyone loves mashed potatoes so make one of my two favorite recipes!
Buttery Mashed Potatoes with Spinach:

Or Creamy Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes:

Roast Veggies are easy to prepare ahead and pop in the oven while you entertain guests. These ones are my favorite.

It would not be a recipe round up without mentioning these Mushrooms in Cream and Ale Sauce. These are a must serve if you are having any kind of roast or steak. 


This crustless cheesecake would be festive with a strawberry topping!

Individual fruit crumbles are a great dessert option! Use whatever fruit is in season and double the topping as necessary.

Have a happy Easter!

Love, Luck, and Happiness!


  1. That quiche looks amazing! Geez, you always make me so hungry :)



    Southern (California) Belle

  2. I'm guilty of trying new dishes on company. Just this week, I was going to quick pan-fry pork chops for a friend from Church that came over for dinner (kinda like how the Pioneer Woman did last Saturday on her show). Uhh, I don't know what happened, but the pork chops never browned. They looked like plain white pieces of meat. So I had to make a quick brown gravy to cover their naked selves. Lesson learned: no more last minute recipe testing!
    PS I want that apple bacon tart for breakfast today! :)


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