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Our ultimate Easter menu

Our ultimate Easter menu

by Great British Chefs Monday, March 21, 2016

Get inspired with our Easter Sunday menu, covering everything from the seasonal cocktail to the main event.

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On the menu

Starter

Being based on the beautiful Cornish coast means Paul Ainsworth certainly knows his seafood. The beauty of his light, vibrant pasta starter is that it takes as little as fifteen minutes to cook – you just fry everything in one pan, then stir through cooked fettuccine and scatter a few final ingredients on top.

If you feel a pasta dish won’t offer the wow factor you’re after, then turn back the clock to the 1970s and serve a prawn cocktail. Chris doesn’t rely on a martini glass full of jarred pink sauce for presentation, however; he’s spruced up the retro classic with a modern, relaxed look. The sauce is made entirely from scratch (which can be done in advance), and other seafood can be thrown into the mix for variety.

Main

Lamb is the traditional choice on Easter Sunday, so there’s no real reason to stray away from the popular classic (try serving a roast chicken and you’re bound to ruffle a few feathers). Most cooks opt for a nice leg or shoulder, which is fine, but for a proper chef-like centrepiece a saddle of lamb is tough to beat. Try your hand at some light butchery with Galton Blackiston’s recipe; you’ll need to trim and roll the saddle, stuffing it with spinach leaves and black pudding then securing it all with a thin layer of fat. Of course, you can get your butcher to do most of the hard work for you if you’re not that handy with a knife. Serve it with classic side dishes of potatoes and spring vegetables – just don’t forget the gravy.

If it’s a vegetarian showstopper you’re after, then you can’t do much better than this incredible Pithivier-style pie that uses the very best of spring’s green bounty. Wrapped up in a rich mascarpone sauce and encased in Jus-Rol puff pastry (so you don’t have to spend hours making your own), it’s a dish full of comforting, fresh flavours that will more than satisfy even the most devoutly carnivorous family members.

Dessert

 

Milk or dark chocolate may have been done to death earlier on in the morning (especially if you have younger children in the house), but this dessert is a great way to finish off with something sweet that isn’t too sickly. The lemon curd stops the white chocolate from becoming too heavy, while the light, bouncy sponge has a fantastic texture. An easy decorative sprinkle of chocolate curls and crushed pistachio nuts makes all the difference, but you could add some broken up Easter egg or mini eggs on top instead if you really want to hammer home the seasonality.

Petit fours

The sugar-fest that is Easter Sunday probably doesn’t need a petit fours course – but if you really want to go the whole hog, make some fudge in advance for people to snack on throughout the evening. It’s quick, easy and a tried and tested crowd-pleaser.

Cocktail

Yes, it’s more chocolate. But if you can’t gorge on sugar during Easter Sunday, when can you? A combination of hay-infused cognac and homemade white chocolate liqueur served in cleaned out eggshells (or glasses, if that sounds a bit too daunting) will cement your status as the ultimate home bartender. There’s even a real egg included in the mix to give the cocktail a frothy finish.

 
 

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