Quick! You’ve just been given a last minute invite to a friend’s Easter dinner and you want to bring a dish to share. Sure, you could stop by a grocery store and pick up something pre-packaged, but homemade really does add a personal touch as an expression of gratitude for your host. Here are a few ideas for last minute Easter dishes you can make using items that you most likely already have in your pantry.
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Last minute Easter dishes don’t have to be hard! There’s almost always a can of vegetables lurking in the back corner of the pantry. You can heat them on the stove and dress them up with spices and a little bit of butter. Here’s a recipe for green beans that are sure to be a crowd pleaser. To really go the extra mile, you could also add something like sliced almonds or goat cheese crumbles if you happen to have them!
Almost any vegetable can be roasted, which is super simple and enhances the flavors, making them even more delicious. Vegetables like carrots, broccoli, beets, or cauliflower can be sliced and dressed in olive oil and salt and pepper. Depending on the flavors you like, you can also add something interesting like cumin powder. Cumin also goes great with lemon juice and tahini, which can be applied when the veggies are done cooking.
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You really can’t go wrong with pasta. Make it a hot or a cold dish, and throw in any sautéed veggies you have like asparagus or zucchini. You can also add fresh tomatoes and spinach, or olives from a jar. Use store bought tomato sauce or make your own light sauce using simply olive oil, garlic, lemon, and salt and pepper.
Bread goes with just about anything. While a baguette or a fresh, homemade loaf are definitely preferred, you can also keep it simple if you’re pressed for time. Toast a few slices of sandwich bread and dress them with butter and fresh garlic. If you don’t have fresh garlic, sprinkle on some garlic powder. Italian seasoning and similar herbs will also bring in more flavors and make it a little more interesting.
Potatoes are so versatile and can be cooked many different ways. Mash them with butter, milk, and salt and pepper for a simple but satisfying comfort dish. Chop them and roast them like the veggies listed above. Slice them into long wedges and serve them as home fries. If you have at least an hour before “go-time,” try this easy but totally impressive Cheesy Potato Gratin Stacks recipe, which uses basic ingredients.
These last minute Easter dishes will help take the pressure off so that you can hop on over to Easter dinner for a stress-free time of celebration and fun!