Easter is a time of celebration, and what better way to mark this joyous occasion than with a delicious spread of satisfying starters to decadent desserts?
Sit down with friends and family to watch the kids get excited over copious amounts of chocolate while you get a bit merry with our Easter drink recipes.
To keep the celebrations going from the start of the day to the end, why not also check out our most indulgent Easter brunch recipes and top 10 Easter lunch ideas?
Finally, Easter is as much about activities as it is about food. Think outside the box and keep children entertained with activities other than the usual Easter egg hunt with our top 10 Easter craft ideas.
For more inspiration, check out our collection of Easter recipes.
1. Asparagus soup
This vibrant green asparagus soup is a fantastic light starter to begin your Easter feast. It takes only 30 minutes to make from start to finish, but is also freezable, so you could simply reheat it for a fuss-free start to the meal. Serve with homemade bread, such as our delicious crusty bread.
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2. Greek bouyiourdi
This baked feta with tomatoes, garlic and chilli is a beautiful, low-carb, vegetarian starter. Enjoy it with fluffy pitta bread to scoop up the flavourful juices, or keep it keto-friendly with our keto bread.
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3. Avocado panzanella
This delicious avocado Panzanella is a great healthy vegan starter that takes only 20 minutes to prepare and involves no cooking. However, bake your own ciabatta or crusty bread if you’d like to impress your guests.
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4. Creamy fish & leek pie
Fish pie has become a firm family favourite as it’s both rich and comforting. Enhance it even further with the addition of king prawns to the filling, plus parmesan and cheddar cheese to the mash. Everyone’s going to want seconds!
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5. Beetroot & red onion tarte tatin
This vegan beetroot & red onion tarte tatin is the perfect colourful, meat-free centrepiece. Using shop-bought puff pastry means it only takes 10 minutes to prepare.
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6. Greek roast lamb
Serving eight people, this Greek roast lamb is perfect for entertaining a large crowd at Easter. With only 15 minutes of preparation time, there’ll be no slaving away in a hot kitchen.
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7. Baked new potatoes with wilted wild garlic
Forage for seasonal wild garlic to make these incredible baked new potatoes. They’re a healthy vegetarian side that can serve up to six people. You can also replace the wild garlic with watercress if you’d prefer.
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8. Next-level cauliflower cheese
This next-level cauliflower cheese makes a rich and indulgent side dish. The parmesan, cheddar and spices in its sauce pair fantastically with the crunch and sweetness of the crispy onion and breadcrumb topping.
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9. Dauphinoise potatoes
Make our decadent dauphinoise potatoes for a mouth-watering side dish. Slow-cook slices of potatoes with cream, garlic and cheese, and watch as it bubbles and oozes. Follow along with our helpful video tutorial, perfect for absolute beginners and seasoned pros alike.
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10. Chocolate egg baked tart
This chocolate egg baked tart makes a fantastic, showstopping end to any meal despite being incredibly simple to make. Enjoy with a dollop of crème fraîche, or for extra indulgence, why not pair it with our ultimate vanilla ice cream?
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11. Chocca mocca caramel cake
This chocca mocca caramel cake is beautifully light and spongy with pockets of delicious melted chocolate caramel. Decorate with a handful of your favourite miniature easter eggs or broken pieces of full-sized eggs.
For recommendations on the best Easter eggs to buy and other Easter products, whether hot cross buns or simnel cakes, check out our BBC Good Food Easter Taste Awards 2022.
12. Hot cross bun & butter pudding
If you love bread and butter pudding, you’ll love this twist on the classic dish which uses hot cross buns instead. This is a great dessert to make with leftover buns or freshly baked buns – try our simple hot cross buns recipe.
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13. Mini egg martini
Satisfy a nostalgic chocolate craving and enjoy this creamy Easter cocktail with moreish mini chocolate eggs and a splash of Irish cream.
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14. Rhubarb gin
Use seasonal rhubarb to make this G&T with a difference! Top the finished gin with soda water for a refreshing and gloriously pink springtime drink.
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15. Easy iced tea
Make a jug of refreshing iced tea to rehydrate kids after a day spent running around hunting for Easter eggs. With a subtle tea flavour, oranges, lemons and mint, it’s also an excellent alcohol-free party drink, so adults will enjoy it too.
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