Italian-style Easter feast
Easter and any holiday for that matter is an excuse to eat a huge feast in most Italian families. Starting with an antipasto platter, soup, pasta, a meat entree, multiple sides, and of course dessert, Easter is a time to indulge after 40 days of Lent. Whether or not you have Italian roots, preparing the following Italian-style Easter meal will make the spring holiday all the more reason to celebrate.
Italian-style Easter supper menu
Here is a typical Italian Easter spread from antipasti to dessert.
- Meat, cheese and vegetable antipasto platter
- Italian wedding soup
- Vegetable risotto (recipe below)
- Roasted lamb (recipes below)
- Braised spring peas
- Spring asparagus salad
- Italian ricotta pie (recipe below)
Easter Supper Tips
Make your Easter extra special with the following entertaining tips.
Have Special Treats for your Guests
To make your Easter supper extra special, before your guests arrive, find out what they gave up for Lent and have a few treats waiting for them. If your friends gave up chocolate or sweets, make sure to have plenty of chocolate Easter candy to go around, or if they gave up drinking soda, have a few bottles waiting for them.
Pair wine with your Easter foods
Wine is definitely a great option for Easter dinner. There are lots of delicious spring reds and whites that will pair perfectly with each individual course.
Serve Plenty of Spring Vegetables
Easter is all about life and spring, so take advantage of all the fresh spring vegetables and base your Easter dishes on asparagus, peas, carrots, beets, leeks and onions.
Make (or Buy) Easter Bread
An Easter tradition in many families is to have Easter bread -- a kind of braided sweet bread with eggs baked in. It is easy to make, but if you're not up for baking bread, you can find it at most grocery stores or bakeries. Easter bread goes great with dinner (serve it instead of regular bread), but it also works well as a dessert when dunked in coffee.