Holiday food traditions build up over many years, and while the food is delicious, it can sometimes overshadow the holiday you are supposed to be celebrating. This Easter, simplify your life with some of these time saving tips on classic Easter dishes. You will still end up with a beautiful spread, but you will spend less time in the kitchen so you are better able to celebrate with friends and family.
Rely on make-ahead recipes for brunch
When you’re serving Easter brunch, don’t choose recipes that will keep you in the kitchen during the hour or two leading up to serving the meal. Instead, prepare dishes that you can make a day or two ahead of time. For example, many egg bakes can be assembled the night before so all you need to do on Easter is to pop the casserole dish in the oven. Salads are also a hit at brunch, and they are easy to assemble ahead of time so you just need to add the dressing and toss the salad before serving.
Use your slow cooker for meat
Being tied to the kitchen to baste the meat can put a damper on your Easter festivities. This year, pull out your slow cooker and let it do all the work for you. You can prepare a slow cooker ham as your main dish, and then just whip up a couple of simple sides, like asparagus, to round out the meal.
Enlist the help of your kids
If you have kids, they will probably be eager to help, especially if you let them assist with baking and assembling Easter desserts. Your older children should be able to read a recipe, measure ingredients, and mix batters. Kids are also great at decorating cakes and cookies, and even if they don’t look perfect, family and friends will love seeing their artistic touch on the table.
Easter is not supposed to be all about the food, and saving time in the kitchen will free you up to really enjoy the holiday with family and friends. Plus, as long as you choose the right recipes and plan ahead, you will still end up with a delicious meal to share as you celebrate.