Easter Dinner

One of my favorite parts of any holiday is the food. I love sitting around the table with family, all enjoying a well-planned and well-prepared meal. I definitely was spoiled in that way growing up–anyone who knows my parents knows they are the best cooks/hosts around. It just doesn’t feel like a holiday to me without at least one big meal with a fully set table complete with seasonal decorations.

So, now that I have my own little family to celebrate holidays with, I find myself planning the same sort of meals. I thought you might want to get a glimpse of our Easter table this year! And just in case you think it costs a ton to put on a meal like this, think again. Our dinner cost about $5/person. Delicious and cheap!

Happy daffodils from our yard decorated our Easter dinner table.

Herb Crusted Lamb Breast (serves 4)
1.5 lb lamb breast
2 c bread crumbs
3 TBS olive oil
3 TBS chopped parsley
2 TBS dried rosemary

Season the lamb breast with salt and pepper. Combine the bread crumbs, olive oil, parsley, and rosemary to create a rub. Add more olive oil if the mixture isn’t coming together to create a paste. Rub the bread crumb mixture over both sides of the lamb. Place the lamb breast in a baking dish and cook at 325 degrees for 1 hour 15 minutes.

I made up this recipe this year using two other recipes for inspiration. It turned out delicious. Lamb breast is a very cheap cut of lamb, because it is a little fatty. Just cut away the fat and enjoy this succulent meat. Everyone will think you spent a ton on lamb, but you will know you didn’t!

Sweet Potato Casserole (serves 12)
This sweet potato dish is the BEST. It is from Cooking Light, but you would never guess that it was a light dish. It is sooo good that my husband won’t let me cook any other sweet potato dish. I usually go ahead and make the full recipe and then we enjoy leftovers for the following week. Seriously, so good. I had all the ingredients on hand except for sweet potatoes, so this was another cheap dish.

Buttered Green Beans with Mushrooms (serves 8 )
This was a fresh new take on a classic dish. I felt like the green beans could have used a few more minutes of steaming before going into the water bath. They were a bit crisp for my taste. But still, a nice side dish with little fuss. If you want to go even cheaper, just use porcini mushrooms instead of the specialty mushroom.

Easy Drop Biscuits (makes 6 biscuits)
These are such good biscuits. I’m not usually a fan of biscuits and these little guys still make me swoon. It’s probably that 1/2 cup of butter. Yum. I think that you can make the biscuits slightly smaller and make 8 instead. At least, that is what I did and nobody complained! Most of you will have all the ingredients for the on hand: cheap, easy, and yummy!

I hope you all had a great Easter!!