Easter is fast approaching. Besides the four-day weekend (thank you, Easter), Easter is a wonderful time to get together with family and friends, even if it means having to sit outdoors this year! As with all holidays and celebrations, they wouldn’t be anything without lots of good food. So, I’ve picked some of the best Easter recipes by Plate Up chefs that you can impress your guests with, and there’s something for everyone — meat-eaters, veggies and vegans!
9 of the best Easter recipes
1. Chocolate Easter Baskets
Is it even Easter if you haven’t made any chocolate Easter egg baskets? Besides looking and tasting amazing, this is a great recipe to get kids baking. The baskets are really simple to make and require little ingredients, so it’s a win-win scenario.
See Brit Woodruff’s Chocolate Easter Baskets here.
2. Tear and Share Hot Cross Buns
There’s really not much better than a freshly toasted hot cross bun with butter and big cuppa tea... I’m getting hungry even thinking about it. These buns are brilliant for sharing and best eaten warm straight out of the oven.
See Brit Woodruff’s Tear and Share Hot Cross Buns here.
Vegans, you haven’t been forgotten. For a plant-based version of this traditional recipe, try these hot cross buns by Veganuary.
Lamb is traditionally eaten in Easter celebrations in many cultures. This recipe by Thomas Li — a chef who has worked in the kitchen at The Savoy — takes a little bit of extra time to cook but is so worth it! These braised lamb shanks are paired with a red onion, apricot and pine nut stuffing, making the perfect accompaniment to the succulent meat. This recipe can be found on the Plate Up app.
See Thomas’ Braised Lamb Shanks with Stuffing by downloading the Plate Up app here.
4. Sous Vide Rosemary Leg of Lamb
This is another tasty lamb recipe for Easter. Sous vide is a cooking process of sealing food in an airtight container and then cooking that food in temperature-controlled water. In French, the term means ‘under vacuum.’ You will need an Instant Pot for this recipe.
See Instant Pot’s Sous Vide Rosemary Leg of Lamb here.
5. Chardonnay Honey Glazed Ham
For another delicious meat recipe to add to your feast, this chardonnay honey glazed ham by Marcella DiLonardo is sure to hit the spot. Marcella found inspiration for this ham from the honey spiral ham her mother serves at Christmas, which is her favourite meat of them all.
This is the perfect Easter pudding. This sharing cookie is deliciously soft and chewy with crispy edges. Best served straight from the oven with a big scoop or two of ice cream, extra mini eggs and chocolate sauce. Mmm.
For a vegan Easter, try this portobello wellington by Rachel Carr at Plant Craft. It’s an elegant dish to add to your table, with a filling made from pecans and mushrooms with hints of sage and rosemary. The mushroom jus and creamy sweet potatoes keep the dish nice and juicy, and it pairs well with sautéed greens.
See Rachel’s Portobello Wellington with Pecans and Sage here.
8. Lentil and Mushroom Savoury Pie
Another cruelty-free option to add to your dinner table. This pie is made entirely from scratch, making the ultimate warm and hearty home-cooked meal.
Make Veganuary’s Lentil and Mushroom Savoury Pie here.
9. Carrot Cake Roll
Last but not least, another sweet treat (because one simply isn’t enough). A carrot cake for Easter celebrations is a must in Marcella DiLonardo’s family. This beautifully spiralled carrot cake roll is everything you love about carrot cake but smaller and easier to assemble.