I would imagine that most you have your Easter menus planned, so I will refrain from posting a new recipe today. However, if you are still uncertain about the components to your meal or need some inspiration, I have included some recipes from the archives that would make everyone (ok-- almost everyone) rejoice at the table. Have a wonderful weekend and Easter celebration!
For mixed greens--
For the main event and sides--
And for a sweet finish--
I remember being excited that Easter was going to be celebrated on the latest possible date this year. I was looking forward to green grass, spring flowers, and warm temperatures. The snow storm we had last night wasn't exactly what I had envisioned. I don't think I can handle one more layer of the white stuff. What I can handle are the layers in these muffin-size potato stacks. With Easter right around the corner, I wanted to share this individual side dish that we enjoyed this past Sunday. They are a perfect single portion for each guest's plate. They would also make a lovely addition to a buffet table.
Thinly sliced Russet potatoes are tossed with a garlic and thyme butter mixture before being stacked and layered into a 12-cup standard muffin tin. You might not think that all those potato slices will fit, but trust me, they will. Since the base of the cup is smaller than the top, start layering with the smaller ends of the potatoes and finish with the larger middle slices. And as you go, press down on the potatoes to ensure a packed stack. Bake until golden brown on the outside and tender on the inside.
Once baked, they can be kept in the oven on a low temperature until the final components to the meal are ready. However, I would recommend lightly tenting the muffin pan with a sheet of aluminum foil to keep the stacks from drying out. According to my husband and children who went with a few leftovers for lunch on Monday, they reheat well too☺.
Spring Break came...and Spring Break went. Notice that I didn't say vacation? It was a fairly smooth road trip halfway across the country and back for me and my three children to visit aunts, uncles, and cousins. Baseball games, riding Harleys, playing with little cousins, watching old home movies with freshly popped popcorn, and just good clean family time made up the vacation part. But being a single parent for a week, daily chores, cooking, and sleeping with one of my children in the same bed on several nights...?? Well, at least the scenery was different. And seeing flowers in bloom (not to mention green grass) was a bonus for this snow refugee.
Now I'm back in my kitchen and back to the daily grind of chores, cooking, afterschool activities, and sports. (But at least there are no more children sleeping in my bed.) It's time to pull out those quick and easy dinner recipes.
A stir-fry provides a great way to get dinner on the table in a flash. Yes, there is a little prep work like cutting the pork and stringing the peas, but it really doesn't take much time at all. Better yet... enlist some helpers. Company is always appreciated in the kitchen☺.
I changed the proportions around a bit to suit the serving size for my family and my need for leftovers for work/school lunches. I also added an onion because I love them and put them in as many savory dishes as I can. Just before serving, I like to stir in some Sambal Oelek--I love me some spicy garlic chili paste. Seriously, I can eat that stuff by the spoonful! But if you are like my son and can't handle the heat, just serve it on the side and let others add to taste. Steamed white rice completes the meal.