With Easter seemingly right around the corner, if you haven’t already, now is definitely the time to start planning and thinking about what you’d like to serve (and/or devour) as your side dishes on Easter Sunday. Whether that’s related to bread, veggies, potatoes, or even a version of each one of these at your table, is up to you. See below for some of our most favorite dishes to put alongside your main meal on Easter, or just any old Sunday.
1. Four-Cheese Scalloped Potatoes
With a total preparation and cook time of only 50 minutes, this potato dish is a lot less time-consuming than others, but still serves six to eight hungry people. Along with the common staples of just about any potato dish like butter, garlic, and cream, this baked dish ups the cheese ante very high with mozzarella, asiago, raclette, and parmesan. A bay leaf and nutmeg are also added to give the dish a distinctive earthy flavor. You’ll need to use the stovetop first and then bake in the oven at 425 degrees for the last 25 minutes.Read More »
2. Make-Ahead Yeast Rolls
Bread is considered an upgrade for any meal, especially when it comes as a holiday side dish and it’s made from scratch. You’ll have a choice here about whether you want to make them the day of (you’ll need about 1.5 hours for the dough to rise and then another 8 for chilling the dough) or in advance (you can store them in plastic bags in the freezer and bake the day of). This dough is extremely malleable; you can form traditional roll shapes or liven it up with something different like braids, or if you are feeling very handy, a bunny or egg shape for Easter. The recipe produces up to 32 rolls, but that number fluctuates depending on the size and shape you choose. While the recipe does require active dry yeast (normally found in the baking aisle of any supermarket), everything else involved are standard ingredients that you should already have in your pantry, like flour, salt, and sugar. This recipe is extremely easy and very thorough; the most important thing is to make sure you have the proper conditions set for the bread to rise (covering the dough, keeping it safe from any drafts, and leaving it somewhere where the temperature is as close to 85 degrees as possible). The actual baking time is only twelve minutes!
3. Sauteed Garlic Asparagus
Up you and your guests’ folic acid intake for the day by serving asparagus as a side dish. This recipe kicks the already-strong flavor of asparagus up a notch by frying the stalks with chopped garlic. This quick (only 30 minutes of total prep and cook time) and easy (only three ingredients) dish only makes four servings though, so feel free to double or even triple the recipe, depending on how many people will be in attendance. If you like this spring veggie to be more on the crispier side, add another ten minutes or so to the listed cook time.
4. Creamed Curry Spinach
If leafy greens are more up your alley this Easter, try this creamed curry spinach dish on for size. The sweet and savory curry powder will transform this usually just ordinary dish into something much bolder and flavorsome. And the addition of yogurt works to make the side dish much heartier than usual as well. Other lively ingredients include shallots, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Similar to the sauteed garlic asparagus dish, this recipe only yields four servings, so adjust accordingly. However, this shouldn’t be a problem at all, considering this side dish literally cooks in minutes!
5. Cheesy Pancetta Green Beans
No matter if you prefer to call them green, string, or snap, one thing is for sure: beans are not only a low-calorie food, but they are also a great source of Vitamin C and K. They also happen to be one of the most versatile members of the veggie group, meaning you can mix and match them with just about anything. This recipe combines grated parmesan and shredded mozzarella with pancetta. You’ll need to roast the beans (smothered in extra-virgin olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper) for at least 30 minutes at 425 degrees with the pancetta and cheese sprinkled atop.
6. Honey-Glazed Carrots and Parsnips
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Although you will need to peel and cut up two pounds of carrots and then another two pounds of parsnips, once you get a taste of this colorful and delectable side dish, you’ll realize it was well worth the time you took out to prep for it. And the sweet honey glazing over these root veggies puts the cherry on top of the cake. You’ll need to cook the carrots and parsnips together for about 20 minutes and then add the honey and butter at a lower heat in the end.
7. Zucchini Cakes
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Have your cake (and eat it too!) as a side dish for Easter with this recipe for crispy, golden, moist zucchini cakes. In addition to the zucchini, you will also need eggs, ricotta cheese, bread crumbs, parmesan, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, and vegetable oil for frying. The trick for perfectly frying-up zucchinis is to make sure that after you have grated them, you work to remove as much water as possible. The more moisture that is left in the zucchini, the soggier your final product will be. Fry each zucchini cake for 2-3 minutes on each side and then place them on top of paper towels to blot excess oil before serving.
These are just a small taste of the many, many different recipes for side dishes that are a perfect match to any main Easter meal this year!
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