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Anything BESIDES ham/lamb for Easter dinner??

amandine Apr 4, 2007 10:14 PM

My family is NOT into ham or lamb in the LEAST. I am absolutely stymied on what entree to serve Sunday night, and everywhere I turn, it's ham and lamb recipes. PLEASE HELP! I am completely at a loss. Thank you.

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  1. OldDog RE: amandine Apr 4, 2007 10:27 PM

    Geez, the options are endless. What DO they like? :-)

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      mojoeater RE: amandine Apr 4, 2007 10:45 PM

      Roast chicken with lemon and garlic. Grilled asparagus or broccoli. Garlic mashed or roasted new potatoes.

      1. QueenB RE: amandine Apr 5, 2007 05:48 AM

        We're having turkey!
        Seriously, anything for a crowd is great. There are no rules that say you must stick to ham and lamb. Make something you'd all like.

        1. hotoynoodle RE: amandine Apr 5, 2007 06:20 AM

          i made cornish game hens one easter.

          1. fayehess RE: amandine Apr 5, 2007 06:44 AM

            how about poached salmon with all of the aromatics (leeks, fresh thyme, garlic, a little olive oil) served with little spinach pies and roasted potatoes and maybe a cherry tomato salad or (much more in season) marinated artichokes? fayefood.com

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              mrfixr RE: fayehess Apr 12, 2009 12:09 PM

              Yum! excellent suggestions. LOVE your website Faye. thanks so much. Same deal in our house: my turn to cook and no-one into ham or lamb. Our "chef" son (in college) made a delicious dinner last year, but it was Rabbit and some of our guests didn't appreciate the irony. Won't do that again...

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              flipkeat RE: amandine Apr 5, 2007 07:05 AM

              Roasted Filet of Beef!! That's what we're having..No turkey, ham, lamb for us..Mmm can't wait. There you go!!

              1. LulusMom RE: amandine Apr 5, 2007 07:26 AM

                I always think salmon seems very spring-like. And asparagus.

                1. littlegreenpea RE: amandine Apr 5, 2007 08:16 AM

                  What about roasted quails? I suppose it depends on how many you're cooking for though.

                  1. mels RE: amandine Apr 5, 2007 08:23 AM

                    I'll be doing Easter with the in laws and there will be a ton of people. We are having 4 lasagnas, each different from each other. There will be a veggie one, one made with a bechamel, a meat one and I am unsure of the 4th kind...

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                      chef chicklet RE: mels Apr 5, 2007 11:35 AM

                      Seafood lasagne! Silver Palate has an excellent one that is delicious. I believe it called for Pernod, and that can be expensive. But sure is a nice addition to your cooking pantry.

                      I changed the recipe though that calls for clams or mussels, and used I prawns, salmon and scallops and made the entire dish with a creamy bechamel sauce. Did not make it with the tomatoes because I didn't think the Pernod belonged with the tomatoes, anyhow and it was extremely yummy.
                      I think I wrote down my changes, I can look if you want it...

                    2. Non Cognomina RE: amandine Apr 5, 2007 11:15 AM


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                        Neely_Ohara RE: Non Cognomina Apr 5, 2007 11:55 AM

                        Hilarious!! (But could be very traumatizing if there are children around!)

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                        dukegirl RE: amandine Apr 5, 2007 11:30 AM

                        I would kill to have ham or lamb on Easter. Every year, my mother insists on making a lasagna and meatballs and she's getting older so things aren't exactly as well-executed as they once were. Not exactly the spring-welcoming dinner I'd like to have, but it's an idea for you, as it's easy and you can make it ahead.

                        I'm so jealous of everyone else's dinners. =(

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                          aurora50 RE: dukegirl Apr 5, 2007 11:40 AM

                          Standing Rib Roast (Prime Rib). Yum.

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                          ChiliDude RE: amandine Apr 5, 2007 11:54 AM

                          Matzoh ball soup and a Passover menu?

                          1. jinet12 RE: amandine Apr 5, 2007 08:02 PM

                            Maybe old fashioned, but a great quiche along with a good deviled crab, and a wonderful salad with some yummy croissants or rolls and a huge coconut cake usually pleases all...

                            1. pikawicca RE: amandine Apr 6, 2007 05:12 AM

                              The Chowpup is once again descending with attendant vegetarian friends, so no meat at all for us this Easter. I'm planning to make a rice pilaf with assorted roasted veggies from the farmers' market, and various side from "Arabesque," the April cookbook-of-the-month. I'm actually looking forward to doing something different.

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                                Val55 RE: amandine Apr 6, 2007 06:02 AM

                                Easter, shmeaster, celebrate the real holiday that's happening this Sunday--the return of the Sopranos!! Go Italian!!! I know that's not specific, but every family has their italian favorites

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                                  jinet12 RE: Val55 Apr 6, 2007 06:04 AM

                                  Love it!

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                                    MAH RE: jinet12 Apr 6, 2007 07:15 AM

                                    We are going just that -- veal osso bucco, polenta with fontina and herbs, broccolini and berries with mascarpone for desert.

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                                    Mawrter RE: Val55 Apr 12, 2009 01:16 PM

                                    Return? I thought the Sopranos were done forever? That would be a very big deal around here if there's a return! WOW!
                                    But see, this isn't off-topic. I'm making something very Italian: lamb. ;-) Wait, that's not the help the OP wanted at all...

                                    ... Since Amandine seems to be looking for a meat main course, my best suggestion would be a "fresh ham" - the same cut of pork, but roasted instead of smoked (or smoked and roasted).

                                    I also think the suggestions of turkey, fish & veggie mains are excellent, especially if her (his?) dinner party isn't made up of the enthusiastic pork eaters my family is. They're all seasonal, appropriate, delicious, goes w/seasonal and appropriate veggie sides. Beef, not so much. I think veal would be okay, but I don't do veal. Also not mentioned, but very suitable: suckling pig or goat.

                                    I *lurrrve* the OP's follow-up, cioppino. I think that's a great festive dish and I'd be thrilled to have it for a special holiday dinner!

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                                      Milt RE: Mawrter Apr 12, 2009 01:26 PM

                                      Today, I prepared a pork picnic roast which was well received. It was accompanied by potato salad, glazed carrots, a plate of fresh relish (carrots, celery, and radishes), croissants, and apple buttermilk custard pie - with sweet tea to drink.

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                                    phoenikia RE: amandine Apr 6, 2007 06:04 AM

                                    Easter eggs.

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                                      Kris RE: phoenikia Apr 7, 2007 01:27 PM

                                      I'm making beef brisket with a rosemary/garlic paste, roast chicken with stuffing, mac & cheese, scalloped potatoes and roasted asparagus drizzled with kosher salt & olive oil.

                                      For dessert: bourbon pecan pie, key lime pie.

                                    2. OCEllen RE: amandine Apr 7, 2007 01:36 PM

                                      Roast duck! Or even just duck breasts. With some nice roasted new potatoes and spring veggies such as asparagus and sugar snap peas.

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                                        LisaN RE: amandine Apr 7, 2007 01:41 PM

                                        My mom is doing a pork loin roast.

                                        1. amandine RE: amandine Apr 9, 2007 05:24 PM

                                          thanks for all your suggestions, everyone! all the things you mentioned are definitely things we like... but unfortunately things that we have A LOT (chicken & salmon). So what did I finally think up? CIOPPINO! (so i guess val55 and i were thinking along the same lines....) Cioppino with swordfish & cod, mussels, clams, and shrimp with good fettucini dressed with a little garlic olive oil and thick slices of toasted rustic bread. Yum!

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                                            Brookegeorgia RE: amandine Apr 14, 2014 09:09 AM

                                            Pulled pirk and salmon

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