20 Easter Dinner Recipes for Four
Your Easter table might be a bit smaller this year, but that doesn't mean it's any less enjoyable. You can create many of the same delicious Easter recipes you look forward to each year and enjoy them as a family of two, three, or four. From easy appetizers, salads, and sides to decadent lamb and ham dishes, there are many wonderful Easter dinner recipes for four people you can cook and share this holiday. Don beautiful Easter decorations, and create a fantastic feast.
Chef John's Deviled Eggs
A great Easter appetizer for a small gathering, classic deviled eggs are a welcome option at the holiday table. Halve the recipe for just 12 egg halves (so you'll cook six eggs), and feel OK with any extras because they make easy snacks throughout the week. Play around with toppings, and add in some salt and pepper, or maybe a bit of cayenne or paprika for heat.
Artichoke Hearts Gratin
"This easy, all-veggie appetizer idea is proof you don't have to make a dish, to reinvent it," writes recipe creator Chef John. These look more impressive than they are complicated. Serve as a side if appetizers are too formal for your crew.
Chicken Marsala Over White Rice
This creamy chicken dish is rich and silky, perfect for an Easter celebration for a small group. Plus, it can serve two to four people, so you are getting just the right amount and won't need to waste any ingredients. Pair with a lovely white wine, and you're set.
Easy Tasty Ham Steaks with Maple Glaze For 2
These ham steaks for two people feature a luscious, sweet maple glaze that complements the meaty notes of classic Easter ham nicely. Plus, it's done in under an hour and easy to double for a bigger family, so you can start eating fairly soon after cooking.
Ham and Pineapple Dinner
Chop ham, pineapple, and broccoli and make a fun tropical-inspired dinner for Easter that serves two or four people. The pineapple gives this dish some acidity and fruity flavor, for that amazing tang to go with savory meat. Enjoy with rice, noodles, veggies, and more. It might not be traditional, but it is a fun way to fill the ham-and-pineapple void if a traditional glazed ham just isn't in the cards this year.
Crispy Chicken Salad with Yummy Honey Mustard Dressing
A large salad might be untraditional for an Easter gathering, for a small celebration, it can easily be the best choice. This salad features homemade crispy chicken strips and an unforgettable dressing. Use your favorite greens and thinly sliced veggies to round out the salad.
Korean Barbecued Rack of Lamb
"Lamb's subtly sweet gaminess works perfectly with the funky goodness of gochujang chile paste," writes recipe creator Chef John. "The salt and sugar content of the simple Korean marinade acts as a brine for the lamb, producing a juicy interior when soaked overnight. In the final stage, the marinade is reduced, doubling as a sauce. I love using rack for this, since it's more tender and easier to work with than leg and a little more user-friendly than chops."
Crispy Skin Salmon
A side of salmon is a common Easter main dish, but if you don't want to get such a large piece of fish, consider this recipe for four, which uses a large filet for the four servings.
Pistachio Crusted Rack of Lamb
A crunchy crust of pistachios and bread crumbs adds great texture to lamb, and it also adds in some extra protein and good fats to keep you fuller longer. It's an easy recipe for Easter that takes under an hour to whip up, too.
Everything Salmon Sheet Pan Dinner
A sheet pan dinner is a weeknight dinner savior, but for this special occasion, you can still use it. It just needs to be one really great option — like NicoleMcmom's salmon sheet pan dinner. A high-impact flavoring ingredient, like everything bagel seasoning helps bring together all the elements of this sheet pan dinner for four.
Cool Cucumber Salad
Offset the heat and spice of the lamb or ham with this creamy cucumber side. This dish gets better after sitting for a bit, so make this early Easter morning, and bring it to the table just before you pick up your forks.
Roasted Asparagus with Parmesan
These cheesy, crusted asparagus spears are perfect as a simple but tasty side for a small Easter gathering. Pair with lamb, ham, or fish and some bread rolls and you have a great Easter meal for a small family or group of friends.
If you're looking for a new spin on the deviled egg, this cloud egg is as beautiful as it is unique. The recipe serves two, so double for more diners. Developed in France, Eggs in Snow, or Oeufs à la Neige is a show-stopping side that is actually ridiculously easy to make.
Greek Pasta Salad I
Sometimes you want a light appetizer or side when you will be eating a hefty portion of meat on Easter. And this Greek pasta salad has you covered. It is light and flavorful, and there's some nice salt from the feta too. Got a vegetarian coming to Easter dinner? Cut out the pepperoni, and add some seared tofu cubes for a fantastic main dish.
Baked Potatoes with Ramps and Feta
Here's another fantastic spring side dish that can easily be a main dish for anyone who abstains from meat. The baked potatoes are stuffed with a creamy mixture of feta cheese, tomatoes, and ramps (which are only briefly available in spring).
Honey Roasted Carrots
Keep this vegetable side simple, with a sweet honey dressing and quick roast. These are proof a dish doesn't have to be complicated to be a favorite.
Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes
Who doesn't love au gratin potatoes on Easter with a nice leg of lamb or a slice of ham? This gooey, cheesy, and decadent dish will just melt in your mouth. And it serves a crowd of four, so it's a winner for a smaller Easter dinner.
These strawberry tarts are light and airy, and they're sweet for a great ending to your Easter dinner. Strawberries are right in season for spring, so it's a wonderful time to take advantage of this fresh and delicious fruit.
A whole pan of these lemon brownies, divided by your family, shouldn't be too much to handle — in fact, there may be arguments over who gets the last piece. Be playful and cut them into an Easter egg or flower shape. The bright, tangy dessert is a sweet way to end a special meal.
Easy Orange Ricotta Cake
This citrus-infused cake recipe starts with a box of cake mix, and it's easy enough you'll want to make it the day before your Easter dinner. It makes a whole Bundt cake, so if you don't want to face lots of leftover slices, consider giving half to another family that's enjoying a small Easter dinner. They'll appreciate the sweet gesture.