From deviled eggs to Cadbury's Creme Eggs (plus plenty of other egg-free dishes), these recipes make it easy to feed lots of hungry mouths. You can make many of these dishes in advance too, so there's plenty of time to enjoy your own chocolate egg...
Easter is a time for feasting and filling the house once more after the post-Christmas lull. It’s also a time for dusting off those skills in feeding large crowds.
With a bit of planning, the workload can be spread about over time and between people—so that a single, solitary cook isn’t rushed off their feet in the kitchen, feeling overwhelmed.
Here are some of our favourite crowd-feeding recipes.
1. Easy no-churn Cadbury Creme Egg ice cream
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Cadbury’s Creme Eggs are only around between New Year’s Day and Easter. They’re a little too sugary and gooey for my taste—and once you’ve bitten into one, you have no choice but to finish it. This a great way to use them, though: a simple, no churn ice cream, of which can enjoy a single scoop. Or more, should you wish.
Get the recipe for easy no-churn Cadbury Creme Egg ice cream
2. Spicy deviled eggs
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Deviling anything has a real Victorian feel, and eggs are a very traditional recipient for this treatment. If it’s not a term you’ve come across before, “deviled” simply means that spice and heat have been used.
Get the recipe for spicy deviled eggs
3. Italian Easter pie
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There are many traditional meals at this time of year: the end of the Lenten fast means that people are ready for a rich, luxurious and tasty feast. Here’s an Italian version—pie made with salami, mozzarella, ricotta cheese and boiled eggs.
Get the recipe for Italian Easter pie
4. Rich and comforting beef bourguignon
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A casserole is a great way of feeding a crowd and is perfect for a cold Easter. Easy to scale up or down (as they also don’t rely on split-second timing), they’re a way of dialing back kitchen stress levels. Beef Bourguignon is a classic: hearty, warming and delicious.
Get the recipe for rich and comforting beef bourguignon
5. Persian leg of lamb with jewelled tabbouleh
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This is a superb way of cooking a leg of lamb, with blood oranges and pomegranate molasses. It’s served with tabbouleh that’s been enlivened with currants, almonds, and herbs. I love blood oranges: their arrival in the shops really lifts the winter blues.
Get the recipe for Persian leg of lamb with jewelled tabbouleh
6. Natural egg dye with onion skins five ways
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Dyed boiled eggs for breakfast on Easter day is traditional, and this recipe uses onion skins rather than artificial food dye. I really like the natural brown colours that result and, with some inventiveness with rice and string, there are some wonderfully pretty results.
Get the recipe for natural egg dye with onion skins five ways
7. Rum bundt (Tortuga rum cake)
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Bundt tins—a circular, ring-shaped cake tin—are a great addition to the kitchen cupboard. The built-in patterns or swirls result in an interesting-looking cake with minimal effort. What’s more, the greater surface area means it’s easier to ensure that your cake is evenly cooked. Here’s a cake that’s very much about the rum: cooked with rum, soaked in rum and with a rum-based glaze added.
Get the recipe for rum bundt
8. Savoury cous cous salad
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Americans call it “family style”: when dishes are placed on the table, passed around, and people help themselves and others. It’s a great way of serving a large, convivial meal, and here’s a cous cous salad that would work so well served in this manner. Its bursting with colours and flavours from black beans, corn, tomatoes, peppers and spring onions.
Get the recipe for savoury cous cous salad
9. Maple orange garlic glazed ham
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A magnificent roast ham is a real centerpiece to a family meal. Here’s one with a glaze that gives a sweet finish with a hint of acidity from the orange, complementing the rich, savoury flavours of the ham.
Get the recipe for maple orange garlic glazed ham
10. Slow cooker pulled pork sandwich with apple slaw
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We finish with something a bit less formal: slow cooked pulled pork, served in a bun, with a crunchy apple slaw. The pork is cooked in a slow cooker, which is both economical and convenient. The recipe uses pork shoulder (a cheaper cut than many) and adds a spicy paprika rub for a hint of heat.
Get the recipe for slow cooker pulled pork sandwich with apple slaw
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Helen Best-Shaw, is a freelance food & travel writer, recipe developer & photographer. She has been blogging at Fuss Free Flavours for over 10 years.
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