The ultimate Easter Sunday lunch

  • By BBC Good Food team

Serve a special Easter Sunday lunch for family and friends. Our easy menu plan and shopping list make the most of seasonal ingredients.

Easter lunch spread with lamb centerpiece

Easter is a great time to gather together friends and family and enjoy the very best food and wines. Make Sunday lunch something special by following our classic menu plan – start with a fresh veggie soup, then enjoy roast lamb and all the trimmings followed by a decadent chocolate tart.

This crowd-pleasing menu and shopping list serves a minimum of six people, so will be perfect if you're catering for guests or extended family. We've also made several alternative suggestions for each course so you can mix and match according to diet and preference.
 

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Starter

Pea, mint & spring onion soup with parmesan biscuits

Several bowls of green pea soup with Parmesan tuiles

Kick off your meal with a stylish springtime starter packed full of feel-good greens. For best results, always liquidise the soup while still hot. The parmesan tuiles are packed with cheesy flavour but are incredibly delicate and brittle, so handle with care when serving. You can make both the soup and biscuits a day ahead and store in an airtight container; keep the tuiles between sheets of baking parchment.

Alternative starters

Smoked salmon, cucumber, capers & freshly baked soda bread
Spiced beetroot & feta tarts with tahini-dressed leaves
Salmon & prawns with dill & lime aïoli
Classic potted shrimps
Smoked trout & radish remoulade tartines
Asparagus wraps with lemon mayo
Whipped brie salad with dates & candied walnuts
Creamy curried carrot & butter bean soup

Main

Roast lamb studded with rosemary & garlic

Roast leg of lamb on a plate

Make traditional spring lamb the centrepiece of your celebratory lunch. This simple and succulent roast leg is studded with rosemary and garlic for a real flavour boost. If you have time, stud the lamb a day in advance to allow the herbs to really permeate the meat. Arm yourself with all the essential roasting gadgets to help achieve the perfect results.

Alternative lamb suggestions

Greek roast lamb
Herb-crusted leg of lamb with red wine gravy
Hay-baked stuffed leg of lamb
One-pan Easter lamb
Roast lamb with spring herb crumbs
Garlic & herb roast lamb on boulangère potatoes
Korean crusted roast lamb

Discover more roast lamb and leg of lamb recipes.

Alternative veggie mains

Cabbage steaks with apple, goat's cheese & pecans
Creamy courgette lasagne
Crispy Greek-style pie
Squash with rice, sage & goat's cheese
Mushroom, shallot & squash pie
Sticky onion & cheddar quiche

For more impressive meat-free mains, see our veggie and vegan Easter menu ideas.

Sides

Dauphinoise potatoes, spring vegetables, and lemon & thyme baby carrots

Oval dish of Dauphinoise potatoes

Garlicky potatoes are the perfect accompaniment to lamb, and our slow-cooked dauphinoise is sure to impress. Make this classic potato bake extra-luxurious with double cream and add gruyère for an extra cheesy hit, if you like. Serve alongside fresh spring vegetables and sweet, seasonal baby carrots.

Alternative sides

Giant butter bean stew
Braised baby leeks
Lighter cauliflower cheese
Green beans with shallots
Spinach rice
Raid-the-storecupboard side
Mustard-glazed roast new potatoes 

Dessert

Chocolate egg baked tart

Chocolate tart filled with golden eggs

Finish the meal off in style with a slice of our showstopping chocolate egg baked tart. Combining a rich chocolatey filling, crumbly shortbread base and glittering golden egg nuggets, this mouthwatering marvel is sure to leave everyone satisfied. It cuts into 12 slices, but we doubt there'll be any trouble polishing off leftovers the next day. Deceptively simple to make, and ready in under an hour, this tempting tart is a real timesaver. What's more, you could make it a day ahead and chill in the tin overnight. 

Alternative desserts

Hot cross bun & butter pudding
Dark & white chocolate cardamom swirl tart
Prune & chocolate torte
Amaretti & sultana chesecake
Double chocolate Easter Danish
Rhubarb fool trifle
Chocolate, pistachio & nougat semifreddo
Rhubarb, pear & hazelnut crumbles
Rhubarb & ginger syllabub
Easter puddings

Discover more delicious Easter dessert recipes.

Get more Easter inspiration...

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Will you be entertaining a crowd this Easter? Let us know what you cook...

 

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