The Ultimate Easter Meal, with Recipes

The last holiday menu you'll ever need.

  • Pomelder Prosecco Punch. With sparkling pear juice and prosecco, this punch has double the bubbles and a beautiful crimson color thanks to tart pomegranate juice. Subtle hints of ginger and cardamom mix with the elderflower liqueur to provide a spicy-floral balance to the sweet, tart flavors.
  • Virginia Willis' Deviled Eggs. Deviled eggs have never looked so appealing. A speckling of fresh herbs is to thank for the welcome addition of color, while just a tiny bit of soft butter mixed into the filling renders each bite impossibly creamy.
  • Absurdly Addictive Asparagus. The title pretty much says it all. 2-inch lengths of asparagus, crisp-tender to the bite, take center stage in a savory tangle of leeks, pancetta, garlic, orange zest, parsley and pine nuts. The rendered fat from the pancetta, along with a knob of butter, is just enough to keep the vegetables from being dry without smothering the fresh flavors.
  • Potato Mash with Leek Confit and Bacon. A bacon- and leek-studded mashed potato casserole. Need we say more?
  • Spiced Leg of Lamb on the Grill. The title of this recipe conjures up a lengthy process in your kitchen and on your deck, but it's actually one of the fastest recipes around. The marinade takes about 10 minutes to make and the lamb, because it's butterflied, cooks in about the same time.
  • Mint Sauce for Lamb. Before you recoil from your computer screen in unbridled horror, let us assure you that this mint sauce bears absolutely no relation to that cloying, emerald-green goop commonly known as "mint jelly." This version is a simple showcase for the bracing quality of fresh mint, made lively with the tang of vinegar and mellowed by a little sugar. It cuts through the richness of lamb with just the right mix of acid, fragrance, and sweetness.
  • James Beard's Strawberry Shortcakes. In his twenty-plus cookbooks, James Beard never published his mother's shortcake recipe, which relies on a clever secret ingredient: hard boiled egg yolks.

A good Easter meal needs a few things. It needs lamb, because it’s spring and lambs are delicious. It needs mint sauce, to accompany said lamb. And it needs some other stuff to make the whole thing into the bountiful, joyous feast it should be—but what?

It’s easy to spend all your time thinking about the lamb but fall at the finish line when it comes to the rest of the spread. To help you out, we hollered at the DIY wizards at Food52 and asked them for 7 recipes—from a prosecco punch party-starter, to a shortcake to end all shortcakes—that would function as the last Easter menu you’ll ever need.

Oh, and don’t worry—they didn’t forget to include the lamb and the mint sauce.

Click through the gallery above to get all of the recipes.

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