Keys to Hosting a Successful Easter Dinner
Today I have a guest post for you by Dan Kamys, Recipe4Living Editor
Easter is the Christmas of Spring in terms of getting to see loved ones. I love it because food becomes the focal point yet again. Usually, I’m the one tasked with making the Easter meal for my family, and I’ve picked up a few tips for pulling off a delicious dinner without a hitch.
Serve bite-size appetizers: Appetizers are a critical aspect of the meal, and I’m a firm believer in allowing people to get up and move around before the main course is served. I save things like salad for a side dish and stick to bite-size items for the appetizers. Things like bruschetta, popcorn shrimp, Swedish meatballs, or anything on a toothpick are great here. Sticking to the basics is a great way to ease people into the mood of the party.
Create a focal point: I find that the best way to throw a simple but elegant family dinner is to create a focal point on the table. Many people would suggest flowers or another decorative centerpiece, but I think food is the best choice. Just make something delicious, simple, and beautiful like this Honey and Cider Glazed Leg of Lamb, place it on a nice platter of roasted asparagus, and move on. Everyone’s eyes will be naturally drawn to the roast.
Keep sides easy: Since I believe in making a more complex and ornate focal point for the main dish, I am a firm believer in doing simple sides. Usually, I’ll whip up things like a salad, mashed potatoes, pan-seared asparagus, and some fresh rolls. I keep the cold items like the salad on ice and keep the warm items in a low-temperature oven. When we’re ready to eat, I just lay the dishes out on the table and everything’s guaranteed to be at the right temperature!
Give choices for dessert: Dessert is one area that I frequently buy store-bought items for (let’s keep that between us). Really, I’m doing it more for people to have a choice over my personal convenience. I find that if I slave over a pie all day only to find out that half the guests don’t like chocolate, it’s a real disappointment for all of us. A fresh fruit tray, something with chocolate, and ice cream (for the kids) are staples of my dessert table.
Have any traditions or suggestions for making Easter entertaining a little easier? Feel free to chime in!
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