This festive bread, which is traditionally made in Greek or Italian households, is sure to be a hit at your Easter brunch celebration. (Plus, it can play double duty as centerpiece). It’s similar to a brioche or challah bread, but with a twist: orange zest and rum-soaked dried fruit are stuffed into each strand of dough. Kids can help braid the bread, as well as brush on the egg wash—which gives the bread its deeply golden crust. If braiding isn’t your strong suit, don’t sweat: you can always flip the loaf over after you’ve connected the two ends for a tidy finish. The dyed eggs add a fun pop of color, but can be removed before slicing into the bread. We suggest serving it warm from the oven.
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Rosemary, Lemon, and Garlic Leg of Lamb
It’s the only recipe for leg of lamb you’ll ever need. Our version of this celebratory roast, often prepared for Easter feast menus, roasts in the oven in less than two hours, and requires little, compared to other time-intensive recipes, in the way of hands-on work. Before putting the cut of meat in the oven, you’ll cut small slits in it with a paring knife and place slices of garlic in this slits. That move, along with placing lemon slices and rosemary between the meat and your roasting pan, imbue the perfectly cooked leg of lamb with a deep, earthy flavor.
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Garlic Roasted Potatoes
By tossing these roasted red potatoes with minced garlic and fresh parsley, we seriously upped the ante. After just 15 minutes of chopping and prep work, you’ll toss a rimmed baking sheet—loaded with quartered spuds and their seasonings—in the oven for just under an hour. The result? Bites of perfectly baked, steaming potatoes with an impossibly crispy exterior. Serve the vegetable side alongside grilled steaks, backyard burgers or a roast. And forget French fries. This homemade side satisfies the craving, but we have a hunch your kids might beg to dip theirs in ketchup, and so be it.
Italian Easter Pie
If you’re looking for a classic Italian Easter Pie recipe (also called Pizza Rustica), the search is over. This baby is packed with more than two pounds of meat, including sweet Italian sausage, salami, hot capicola, smoked ham, and prosciutto. The buttery homemade crust sandwiches the filling, which oozes with melty pockets of mozzarella cheese. The addition of roasted red peppers adds a nice bright flavor to this rich Italian Easter Pie pie. The pie needs to sit for at least 3 hours after it’s baked before you can slice into it, so we suggest making it the day before, then heating in the oven before serving.
Honeyed Carrots and Oranges
Glazed with honey and slow-roasted in the oven, this carrot side dish proves a pretty sweet way to eat your vegetables. We used whole small baby carrots—and we don’t mean the little nubs you buy in a bag. Look for miniature carrots at the farmers market or grocery, or opt for regular carrots, peeled and trimmed and cut into thin, long sticks. You’ll toss the carrots and sliced orange with olive oil, honey, salt and pepper, than roast for just about 30 minutes. The versatile finished dish works well alongside chicken, steak, and turkey, and while it feels fit for a special occasion, the dish is simple enough to make anytime.
Classic diner-style hash browns are an American breakfast food staple, served alongside fried eggs, crisp bacon, and a slice or two of fresh fruit. The best hash brown recipe calls on you to dice, shred, julienne, or rice white potatoes, then pan-fry them until the potato pieces are tender, and a crunchy, lacy, golden brown crust forms. The secret of how to make perfect hash browns every time is to not rush the pan-frying stage. Interrupting this breakfast side while it’s cooking could leave you with a chewy, chunky, and not altogether appealing dish. For flawless hash browns, be patient.