Start planning your scrumptious bank holiday weekend menu with our round-up of the best Easter food ideas. Whether you're hosting a large family get together or just entertaining a few friends, we've got everything you need for a brilliant Easter weekend.
From impressive cheffy starters to wow factor desserts, get ready to dish up your best bank holiday menu yet
Everyone loves a traditional roast with all the trimmings but no one wants to slave over a hot stove all day! Find the perfect roast recipe that you can just pop in the oven and leave to it, whether it's a tender melt-in-your-mouth beef brisket or an impressive lamb leg with herby stuffing served with fluffy roast potatoes.
And let's not forget about the veg – from crunchy salads to making the most of the last of the winter root vegetables, our simple side dishes are the perfect accompaniment to your Easter feast. Plus we've got enough sweet Easter recipes to satisfy everyone.
Starters: Drop scones with smoked salmon and crème fraiche
Starter: Broad bean purée
Main: Roast lamb with herby stuffing
You can't beat a tender lamb dish with a crisp topping and flavour-packed mint sauce. This roast lamb with herby stuffing recipe uses a leg of lamb for a juicy dish but for other lamb ideas, take a look at these 7 luscious lamb recipes to feed a crowd.
Main: Coffee-rubbed beef brisket with beer
Retro dishes are back on the menu so why not try this coffee-rubbed beef brisket with beer. Tender, juicy rolled beef brisket is packed full of flavour and just falls away from the bone. Serve with savoy cabbage and sweet potato mash.
Main: Vegetarian floral flan
Our meat-free Easter main with carrots and courgettes tastes just as gorgeous as it looks. Stunning!
Main: Zesty baked whole salmon
Looking for a fish centrepiece for Easter? This impressive *salmon main* is filled with five types of citrus fruit to complement the rich fish.
Main: Almond herb crusted salmon
An impressive centrepiece that's simple to make, this almond herb crusted salmon is a modern twist on the traditional Good Friday fish dish.
Main: Slow-cooked duck in cherry sauce
Want to try something a little different this year? This slow-cooked duck in cherry sauce is a tasty main meal that's surprisingly easy to make.
Main: Chicken cooked in milk with garlic and herbs
Give your regular roast chicken a juicy twist by cooking it in milk. This British whole roasted chicken is cooked in milk to make the meat extra succulent and can be used to create a sauce. Simple! Get the recipe here.
Main: Leek, mushroom and butterbean crumble
Entertaining vegetarians this year? Don't fret – this gorgeous leek, mushroom and butterbean crumble will satisfy veggies and meat eaters alike.
Side: Braised broad beans, peas and artichokes
Get three of your five-a-day with this delicious braised broad bens, peas and artichokes dish that can be on the table in just fifteen minutes.
Side: Potato nests with roasted carrots, courgettes and herb oil
An impressive side dish, these potato nests with roasted carrots, courgettes and herb oil are a delicious way to serve vegetables and will look lovely next to your roast.
Check out all our Easter sides dishes including proper roast potatoes, griddled courgette, stuffed peppers and spiced French beans here.
Sweet: Oozy chocolate egg brownies
Sweet: Marvellous mini egg cake
If you're looking for a serious show-stopper, then this marvellous mini egg cake is just the thing. Triple-layered vanilla cake, sandwiched with chocolate buttercream and topped with chocolate mini eggs... we'll have seconds, please!
Sweet: Carrot shaped chocolate cake
What will the Easter bunny eat this year? How about this quirky *chocolate cake* with a carrot-shaped centre.
Sweet: Burrowing bunnies
Sweet: Flower Bowl Cake
With a cake this pretty, it's – almost – a shame to eat it! Cupcakes are used to create the flowers, while the base of the bouquet is lined with Cadbury's white chocolate fingers. Get the flower bowl cake recipe here.
Sweet: Hot Cross Buns
It wouldn't be Easter without hot cross buns! Children and adults alike will love these mini hot cross buns that leave enough room for seconds! Or why not try something different this year? We've got 8 delicious ways to pimp your hot cross buns here.
Sweet: Easter egg biscuits