Easter Dinner Made Simple

By: Gaby Dalkin
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With Easter right around the corner, it's never too soon to start planning — the sooner you create a plan, the more organized the day will be and you'll wind up enjoying it more yourself.

I’m hosting Easter again this year — it's become somewhat of a tradition. Or maybe it’s the fact that everyone knows I’m going to cook up a storm so they are all always open to coming to my house. Either way, I love it. I get to decide what’s on the menu and make things I think will please a crowd.

This year I'm going heavy on the appetizers. I want to host a fun outdoor party with plenty of cocktails and lots of delicious appetizers for my guests to choose from. That way they get to taste a lot of different things without getting totally stuffed from the ham. Not to fear, though, there will absolutely be ham, but I’m incorporating it in a little bit of a different way this time. By eliminating the centerpiece of the large-baked ham, it takes the pressure off of the long cook time and preparation. The recipes below incorporate classic flavors you'd see on an Easter table, but in a casual form — perfect for entertaining a large or small crowd.

Get the menu:
Ricotta and scallions in a tart? You can’t do wrong with this one!

This is another Food Network favorite of mine. I love buying the skinny little asparagus from the farmers' market for this one especially.

Stuffed mushrooms are not only delicious, but they're so easy to just pop out of the oven onto a serving dish. These are a must.

Get the recipe: Sausage-Stuffed Mushrooms

Alex’s recipe for roasted mushrooms toasts is unbelievable. I just omit the hazelnuts because I’m not into them, but feel free to leave them in if you are.

You may be used to a sweet monkey bread, but this savory one will please the kids and adults.

Get the recipe: Herbed Monkey Bread

Smoked salmon is the ultimate treat for Easter and this dip turns this product into a party-ready appetizer.

Get the recipe: Smoked Salmon Dip

Gaby Dalkin is a chef, photographer/food stylist, enthusiastic traveler and guacamole fanatic. She is the founder of What’s Gaby Cooking, where she showcases her simple and sassy recipes that feature whichever ingredients she is currently obsessing over. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Thomas, and her cat, Stella.

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