With Easter upon us, it’s time to plan a meal. Glazed ham or roast lamb may be traditional for some, but this year, we suggest a fresh, seasonal menu that leans French. Try the entire menu below, or pick and choose as you like. Either way, you’ll find approachable, flavorful recipes that you’ll want to make again.
France’s one-pot solution for roast chicken is a terrific dish for entertaining because it requires very little prep or hands-on cooking and feeds a crowd. Cooking the chicken breast side down ensures an evenly cooked bird, with the delicate white meat gently poaching in wine while the legs bake up above.
This simple pilaf gets bright flavor from heaps of fresh parsley and tarragon, along with a good measure of lemon juice and zest. Basmati rice works best because the grains retain their shape well, but jasmine rice works as well. Depending on how many people you’re serving, you can easily double the recipe in a Dutch oven.
This iconic French side dish, salade de carottes râpées, transforms that familiar root vegetable you may have tired of by now into a sweet, colorful and flavorful salad fit for an Easter meal.
Here, an initial blast over high heat gives asparagus spears a light char to develop sweet, nutty flavor, before covered cooking with a little water renders them perfectly crisp-tender. Serving the spears straight for the pan makes for one less dish to clean at the end of the party.
Make things easy on yourself with a loaf cake that’s as simple as it is impressive, as in this nutty, aromatic quick bread-style cake from Rose’s Bakery in Paris. Toasted ground pistachios, flour and olive oil make an elegant dessert, while cardamom and grated orange zest add a Middle Eastern flair.
For more ideas, check out these 11 ideas for Easter brunch and these springtime recipes that highlight the best produce of the season.