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Easter Favorites: Sides and Sweets to Match the Entree

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By: Andrea Lynn
Easter Favorites: Sides and Sweets to Match the Entree

Enhance your Easter feast with sides both bright and rich, and finish off the family gathering with dazzling desserts. Here are some flavorful ideas, including spins on classic holiday dishes to match your Easter entree of lamb, ham, poultry and more, plus new ideas to amplify your holiday tradition.

Vegetables Drizzled with Black Pepper Vinaigrette

Nothing is easier to pull off than thinly slicing fresh vegetables (think radishes, asparagus, carrots, and green beans), assembling them on a platter, and drizzling with the pop of a black pepper vinaigrette. Alternatively, parboil vegetables for a few minutes until still crispy but almost cooked, rinse under cold water to cool, and then dress with the vinaigrette.

Smashed or Whipped Potatoes

Who can argue with a crowd-pleasing spin on mashed potatoes for any special occasion? Go with light and fluffy Herb Whipped Potatoes heightened with garlic and Italian herbs or Smashed Potatoes made extra-silky with the addition of cream cheese.

Sun-Dried Tomato Deviled Eggs

Easter is an egg-centric holiday, so a side of deviled eggs fits nicely into the mix. The addition of sun-dried tomatoes, basil and paprika packs a ton of flavor into each bite. You can even recycle decorated Easter eggs for this winning side.



Lemon Herb Risotto

Wow your guests with a show-stopping number on risotto. Flavored with the dual power of Spice Islands® lemon peel and lemon juice, this creamy rice dish adds a touch of indulgence to any Easter meat. Also consider stirring in peas or sliced asparagus in the final five minutes of cooking to bring out the spring like nature of the dish.

Fruit Basket Salad

On the lighter side, Fruit Basket Salad incorporates pineapple, oranges, and other fresh fruit of your choosing in a cinnamon and nutmeg-spiked simple syrup. Serve as a dessert or even as a side to the main meal.

Decadent Chocolate Mousse Pie

With the help of a store-bought chocolate crumb crust, Decadent Chocolate Mousse Pie is assembled in just 20 minutes. No one will be wise to how easy this cinnamon-scented chocolate pie is to make as they devour each bite of this sweet ending.


Another luxurious dessert offering, silky smooth cheesecake is a winner, whether it's Classic Vanilla Cheesecake or a variation, such as Creamy White Chocolate Cheesecake. To top the cheesecake with fruit, add berries or sliced fruit into a bowl along with one tablespoon of granulated sugar, one teaspoon Spice Islands® Pure Vanilla Extract and a few tablespoons of water. Cover and refrigerate for a few hours or up to overnight. Then, drizzle the fruit and the resulting juice over the cake right before serving.

Salted Caramel Cashew Shortbread Bars

Introduce guests to the hot trend of salted caramel in these cashew shortbread bars. The buttery cashew bars are topped with both caramel and chocolate ganache that has been mixed with sea salt flakes for the perfect combination of salty and sweet.

Andrea Lynn is a recipe developer and cookbook author, most recently of the culinary guidebook/cookbook, Queens: A Culinary Passport.

Spice Islands® spices deliver high quality, authentic flavors from all over the world so you can put the most delicious meals on your table.

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