Fancy a break from tradition this year? Most people like to eat lamb on Easter Sunday, but doing a big traditional lamb roast can be tricky to get right, as well as fiddly and time-consuming – especially if you are having to juggle lots of side dishes too. In this post I have put together 4 super easy alternatives to traditional Easter lamb – from tagines to traybakes – all of which are simple to make and don’t require much hands on time, meaning you will have more time to spend with your friends and family this Easter.
If you want to cook a whole piece of lamb with a twist, this is a deliciously easy recipe to try. Inspired by the flavours of North Africa, the lamb is simply coated in the ras-el-hanout spice blend and slow roasted for a few hours. The side dishes can be quickly assembled and you can have a fabulous roast lamb dinner, without the stress and hassle of a traditional roast. Get the recipe here.
If you like the idea of North African flavours, but want an even simpler dish, why not try my Lamb and Apricot Tagine? This tagine is so easy to put together – simply fry onions, add a few spices, lamb and apricots and pop it in the oven for just over an hour. Keep things really easy by serving the tagine with plain couscous or rice. Get the recipe here.
If you prefer Indian flavours instead, why not try my Lamb Rogan Josh? It’s very simple to put together – only 15 minutes prep time – and the flavours are amazing, not to mention the melt in the mouth texture of the lamb! It works really well with my Easy Peasy Pilau Rice or, for an even easier meal, you could serve this rogan josh with plain basmati rice and all your favourite chutneys and pickles. Get the recipe here.
Or what about a Greek-Style Lamb Traybake? I am such a fan of traybakes as they are so simple to put together – just throw a few ingredients in a tray and let the oven do the work this Easter. This one is inspired by the traditional Greek dish Kleftiko and includes chunks of lamb rump, garlic and potatoes, slowly cooked in lemon juice, oregano and olive oil. The long, slow cooking allows the delicious Greek flavours to permeate the lamb and potatoes. This dish can be served with green vegetables and gravy for an easy take on the traditional lamb roast or it can be served with a Greek salad for something a little bit different. Get the recipe here.
Do you need an easy peasy pudding too? Why not try my Creme Egg Chocolate tart? It’s so easy to make and only takes 10 minutes. It makes a fabulously decadent pudding fit for an Easter celebration! Get the recipe here.
Whatever you are cooking this Easter, I hope it works out well and you have a lovely time with your friends and family. I look forward to hearing about and seeing what you have been making!