So you’ve lined up a gorgeous ham for this Easter. (If you’re anything like us, you opted for a bone-in spiral ham.) But you don’t know what to serve alongside the main event. That’s A-OK: We’ve taken the guesswork out of Sunday’s spread by selecting five fittingly spring-themed accompaniments, from soup to a salad featuring peak-season produce.
| Spring Salad with Baby Artichokes and Peas
Celebrate the arrival of the new season by combining several types of at-their-peak vegetables in this beautiful salad. For the tastiest possible plate, be sure to buy the freshest peas possible from the farmers’ market and use them within a few days of purchase, so they retain their tender texture and sweet flavor.
|Carrot Ginger Soup
The key to this soup’s velvety texture is slowly cooking the onions and carrots over low heat before pureeing them. Garnishing the soup with toasted almonds adds crunch.
|Pan-Roasted Asparagus with Garlic and Lemon
Welcome the holiday with a classic vernal vegetable, asparagus. Use fresh, snappy stalks for this recipe, which is topped with lemon zest, garlic and Japanese bread crumbs for crunch.
|Spinach and Potato Gratin
Thinly sliced potatoes soak up heavy cream perfumed with garlic and fresh herbs in this luxurious side dish, which is perfect for serving alongside roast meats. The spinach adds fresh flavor and makes the dish a little lighter than your typical gratin.
|Meyer Lemon French Toast
Golden, egg-rich challah makes the most decadent French toast, since it really soaks up the custard and adds a richness of its own. And, because the entire dish can be assembled the night before it’s popped into the oven, it’s the ideal dish for serving brunch to a house full of guests.
What are you serving this Sunday? Share your plans with us in the comments below!