37 Impressive Mains Worthy of a Spot on Your Easter Table
The roast is the centerpiece of any holiday table. Make sure yours is a showstopper with these delicious recipes for ham, lamb, pork roast and more.
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The Main Event
There’s plenty to look forward to on Easter Sunday, from egg hunts and baskets full of goodies to holiday brunch and the absolute cutest treats. But, everyone knows that the highlight of the day is sitting down with family and friends to share a feast. Appetizers, side dishes like scalloped potatoes and seasonal veggies and, of course, a perfectly cooked roast. Whether you choose ham, lamb or something else, these recipes will help you get an impressive main dish on the table with ease, even if you choose a special-occasion cut (that you don’t normally cook) like a crown roast. Talk to your butcher (who can french and shape the roast for you) so that all you have to do when you get home is follow this foolproof method for cooking it.
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Honey Mustard-Glazed Ham
Trisha combines honey, brown sugar and country Dijon mustard to make a simple yet tasty glaze for her Easter ham.
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Crispy Roasted Porchetta
This gorgeous rolled porchetta looks as good as it tastes. Garlic, fresh herbs and sweet citrus zest give the pork roll tons of flavor — along with it's signature swirl.
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Roasted Fresh Ham with Cider Glaze
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Spice-Rubbed Lamb Chops with Green Beans
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Baked Ham with Orange-Pepper Glaze
Hints of orange and spicy pepper jelly really shine through in this sweet-and-savory glazed ham.
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Ina's Panko-Crusted Rack of Lamb
The magic behind this rack of lamb comes from its golden-brown crust. To make it, Ina mixes creamy goat cheese with garlic, rosemary, thyme and pepper. For a more elegant tablescape, ask your butcher to "french" your lamb chops.
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Slow-Cooker Ham with Apricot-Dijon Glaze
This super-convenient ham leaves your oven free for all the sides. For an easy variation on the glaze, try peach or pineapple preserves.
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Slow-Roasted Salmon with Cucumber-Dill Salad
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Glazed Smoked Ham
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Roasted Rack of Lamb With Mint Pesto
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Baked Ham with Brown Sugar Mustard Glaze
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Herbed Leg of Lamb with Roasted Turnips
By rendering the fat first, this lamb can take a second trip with an herb rubdown and vegetables added to soak up flavorful but not-so-fatty pan juices.
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Roast Pork with Creamy Peas
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Baked Ham with Spiced Cherry Glaze
Melissa glazes her ham in a horseradish and brown sugar glaze, plus a key sweet ingredient: cherry preserves.
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Roast Leg of Lamb with Ginger and Mint
The night before Easter, rub the lamb with a garlic-ginger paste and refrigerate overnight. The next morning, all that’s needed is a few hours in the oven and a quick pan gravy.
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Glazed Pineapple Ham
Slice your way through this extra sweet pineapple and ham combo – perfect for Sunday dinner.
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Herb and Garlic Roast Pork Loin with Honey-Mustard Sauce
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Instant Pot Whiskey and Honey Glazed Ham
Lock in the sweet taste of this honey-glazed whisky ham with help from the Instant Pot!
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Lamb Chops with Tomato-Mint Jam
Sear and then bake lamb chops before topping with homemade tomato-mint jam.
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Orange-and-Pineapple Hasselback Ham
This Easter ham is as visually stunning as it is bursting with flavor. To create this eye-catching caramelized showstopper, make eight to ten cuts into your ham and insert thinly sliced oranges and pineapple inside.
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Pancetta-Wrapped Pork Roast
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Amazing Glazed Ham
The secret for mouth-watering ham in every bite? Let the glaze not only cover the surface but let it fall between the thin slices to seal in all the flavor.
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Lamb Chops with Eggplant Caponata
Caponata, an Italian relish, is ideal for the holidays: You can make it ahead and keep it in the fridge for about a week.
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Tyler's Tangerine-Glazed Easter Ham
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Stuffed Hasselback Ham
A showstopping holiday centerpiece combining three different sides with a hearty main. What more do you need?
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Roasted Sweet Vidalia Pork Loin
Pork loin is the perfect choice for celebratory dinners and family get-togethers, Easter included. It looks stunning on the table — but is easy to make.
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Classic Glazed Ham
Get Food Network Magazine's tips to choose the best-quality ham, then choose one of four mix-and-match glazes for a delicious, customized main dish.
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Ginger-Peach Glazed Ham
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Orange Baked Ham
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Spicy Honey-Glazed Ham
Guests will adore this five-star ham recipe. Sugar, honey, hot sauce and red pepper flakes come together to form the sweet-and-spicy glaze.
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Fresh Ham with Tuscan Bread Stuffing
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Cobb Style Meat Loaf, Spinach Salad with Dijon Dressing
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Sandra's Brown Sugar Glazed Ham
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Brandy Peppercorn Honey Glazed Ham
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Perfect Glazed Ham
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Citrus Jalapeno Glazed Ham
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