How to Make Easter Extra Special - Try These 9 Dinner & Side Dish Recipes

written by

Dave Stoltzfus

posted on

April 2, 2020

  • Easter falls on Sunday, April 12 this year. I don’t think we need to point out the fact that it will be a little different in 2020, as we all settle into a new norm and navigate a lifestyle socially distanced from friends and family as a result of COVID-19. One thing remains the same for Dutch Meadows’ customers this Easter though - we can prepare and enjoy nourishing and healthy REAL food, while continuing to vote for our local economy and the environment. I don’t know about you, but when we look at it that way, we can’t help but feel positive and grateful. Yes, these are tough times but we have to find the slivers of light when they appear and having access to nutritious food is the first blessing to count. Knowing that purchasing that food supports small family businesses and a brighter future for our planet? Well those are just extra helpings of blessings at that point. Let’s round them all up and hold onto this feeling of gratitude as we go explore some new Easter recipes.

Maple Bacon Carrots

You’ll Need

Full Recipe

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Honey-Maple Vinaigrette

You’ll Need

  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch pieces (about 7 cups)
  • 5 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 package (6 ounces) fresh baby spinach
  • 1 medium apple, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese

Full Recipe

Easy Skillet Scalloped Potatoes au Gratin

You’ll Need

  • 2 Tbsp Butter
  • ½ Medium onion, diced
  • 1 tsp Garlic, minced
  • 3 Tbsp All-purpose flour
  • 1 cup Chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup Heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup 1% milk
  • 2 cups + 1/2 cup Mozzarella (or cheese of choice) cheese, shredded
  • 2 tsp Chives (or herbs of choice)
  • To taste Salt and pepper
  • 1.5 lbs Potatoes, sliced or quartered

Full Recipe

Saute of Scallions and Radish

You’ll Need

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 pound green onions or scallions, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 pound small radishes, Easter egg or a red variety, trimmed and quartered
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped curly or flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, or more as needed
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Full Recipe

Crock Pot Ham

You’ll Need

  • 2-7 lb ham boneless or bone-in
  • 1 20- oz can sliced pineapple
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves

Full Recipe


Brown Sugar Dijon Pork Tenderloin

You’ll Need

  • 1 ½ lb pork tenderloin
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp French’s Dijon Mustard
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • Salt and Pepper, to season

Full Recipe

Simple Roast Chicken

You’ll Need

  • 1 whole chicken, 3 to 4 pounds, trimmed of excess fat
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

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Spicy Lamb Patties

You’ll Need

  • 1 pound ground lamb or mutton
  • 3 green onions, minced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes

Full Recipe

Citrus Marinated Steak

You’ll Need

steak of your choice, recipe used flank @ 1 1/4 to 2 lbs.

2 tbsp. cup honey

1 garlic clove, minced

pinch kosher salt

1 medium to large navel orange

1 lemon

2 limes

3 tbsp. vegetable or canola oil (not olive)

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As always, we wish you many blessings and good health!

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