Easter is usually a time that should be spent with friends, but because of how the Coronavirus changed the world in 2020, Easter this year will look a little different. One aspect of Easter that will have to change is Easter dinner.
If you’re looking for some fresh new ideas for approaching the Easter holiday, then here are some good ideas or plans for how to best prepare a meal for it.
Shrink the Portion Sizes and Break out the Sides
One thing that you will have to change as you come to Easter dinner in 2021 is the portion sizes. It should come as no surprise, but many are still uncomfortable traveling and spending time with family because of the pandemic, and the table might be a little more empty than you would like.
A benefit of this is that your classic Easter dinner ideas are still applicable; you just need to shrink them to work for your family. If you usually roast an 8-pound ham or a massive leg of lamb, it might be a good idea to go with a mini ham or get a handful of lamb chops instead of avoiding overeating during the holiday.
Finally, it is essential to realize that you might not have the same amount of sizes or desserts that you are used to because of the lack of people. To take this into account, it is essential to either focus on the sides that you specifically enjoy or even try something new!
Time to Get Creative in the Meal
Another good Easter dinner idea for the coming year would be to try something brand new! The risk this year is relatively small since the meal will likely only be immediate family. A list of ideas you might consider could be:
- Try a vegetarian dish, or change the main to something like fish or a fancy bird.
- Consider making some sort of pot roast or slow roast; that way, you avoid a ton of clean-up after the meal.
- Consider outsourcing some of the Easter meal to a small, local business. Maybe buy a dessert or aside from a local company to support them in this difficult time.
Actual Recipe Ideas for your Meal
You might not be a wizard in the kitchen and know that there are not many people showing up; you aren’t sure exactly what to try out. Here are a few good ideas of things you could try and make this year.
- Beef Wellington: More complicated, but it is worth the pay-off if you have the time to prepare it.
- Pork Tenderloin: A quick honey or soy marinade for a few hours the morning of, before a nice roast in the oven, and you will be rewarded with one of the most tender pieces of meat known to man
- Prime Rib: It’s not called “prime” for no reason, but this juicy cut of beef that could be enjoyed over potatoes or with pretty much any vegetable.