Confession: I hate ham. Pork chops are a go-to dinner in my house, but if you ask me, ham is just glorified bologna (which I also hate). And with Easter coming up, it’s time once again to put on my Google-emblazoned thinking cap, and scour the internet for Easter main dishes I can serve in place of my food nemesis.
For many, ham becomes the star of special meals like Easter and Christmas because it’s a time of year that calls for a special menu, and whole hams aren’t something most families invest the time and money in for normal weekly meals. So this collection of recipes features memorable mains fit for a holiday meal in addition to dressed-up daily dinner favorites for less adventurous palates. And yes, there’s also lamb, the de facto alternative for a ham-free Easter feast.
A version of this article was originally published March 2019.