Our 14 Best Easter Recipes

Whether you are hosting Easter dinner or brunch this year, these recipes will be sure to please your guests any time over this holiday weekend.

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Easter is a great time to try out new recipes or take a new spin on traditional recipes. With spring in full swing, get creative with colours and new, fresh ingredients. We've mapped out some brunch items, sides, mains, and desserts for Easter, so you need not look further for the perfect Easter meal.

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Mini Biscuits and Ham

Finger foods are the prefect brunch food to tide your guests over as the meal is prepared.  These little mouthfuls will be sure to satisfy and because they can be made in advance and frozen, you have a bit more time to relax over the Easter weekend.

Click here for the mini biscuits and ham recipe.

(Photo: Angelo Caggiano)

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Asparagus Hollandaise Puff

This is an impressive looking (and tasting) meal for your Easter brunch. It's decadent and will compliment other items you may have on your menu. Cut in larger slices, it could serve as the primary piece of your brunch, or cut in smaller slices for a decadent accompaniment to your brunch.

Get the recipe for asparagus hollandaise puff here.

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Herb-Crusted Leg of Lamb

If you prefer a more traditional Easter dinner, the following recipes are for you. A staple in many Easter dinners, this herb-crusted leg of lamb will please your guests and, because of it's simplicity, it will please the cook, too! The key here is the herbs, so use fresh rosemary, thyme and mint, if you can.

Click here to get the recipe for the herb-crusted leg of lamb.

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Roast Goose with Dried Apple Stuffing

The dried apple stuffing is what makes this meal extra unique. The roast goose is a perfect main for your Easter dinner and with our gravy to drizzle over, you'll be delighted with the final outcome.

Get the recipe for the roast goose with dried apple stuffing.

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Bourbon-Brown Sugar Glazed Ham

Ham is a great meal to serve on any occasion, but at Easter it fits just right. Although it takes a bit of cooking time, the preparation is only 20 minutes, giving you the time to make your other hit Easter recipes.

Click here for the bourbon-brown sugar glazed ham.

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Fillet of Beef With Horseradish Sauce

If you prefer beef for your Easter meal, this dish is hearty and looks beautiful on the plate. The succulent tastes of the beef go well with just about any side you pick.

Get the recipe for fillet of beef with horseradish sauce.

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Scalloped Potatoes

Is there Easter without scalloped potatoes? This delicious (and very decadent) side dish will complement any of the previous meat dishes and is always a hit with guests. You can even make it a day before and re-heat it for your Easter meal.

Click here to get the scalloped potatoes recipe.

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Carrot and Parsnip Purée

This side dish will only take you about 30 minutes from start to finish and only has two steps, making it a great choice for your Easter meal. Regardless of the main meat you decide to have with your meal, this will taste great with it and the vibrant orange colour will brighten up every plate.

Get the recipe for carrot and parsnip purée.

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Scarlet's Orange Cake

Now, let's move on to dessert. This cake not only looks beautiful, but will pair very well with tea or coffee after a heavy Easter meal. The light taste of orange, almonds, and cinnamon with the orange glaze on top will be a delight for everyone around the table.

Click here to get the recipe for Scarlet's Orange Cake

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Daffodil Cake

Just the name sounds like spring. The best thing about this recipe, other than the great orange flavour, is that per serving, it only has 200 calories and less than one gram of fat. It serves 16, so it's the prefect dessert for a large group at your Easter meal.

Get the recipe to make a daffodil cake here.

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Basic Sugar Cookies

Everyone loves sugar cookies, but the kids could especially be excited about this dessert this Easter. Get some decorations and icing for them to decorate their own cookies, or decorate them yourself before your guests arrive with your favourite Easter and spring-time images.

Get the basic sugar cookies recipe here.

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Double-Lemon Cheesecake Bars

Looking for a delicious, crowd-pleasing dessert for Easter dinner? You've found it. The tart zing of citrus from these cheesecake bars provides a great balance with a savory ham. 

Get the recipe for double-lemon cheesecake bars here.

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Almond Cheesecake With Raspberries

Incorporate fresh berries into your dessert to keep the meal vibrant and light on your palette.

Get the recipe for almond cheesecake with raspberries.

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Carrot Cheesecake Bars

These bars compliment fresh herbs, spices and garlic that you might find on your Easter lamb.

Get the recipe for carrot cheesecake bars.