Dyeing eggs, hiding eggs, filling Easter baskets, making sure the family is all decked out for church—there’s scarcely time to think about Easter dinner. Here’s a meal that stars traditional Easter lamb and includes make-ahead sides and garnishes.
Lamb chops, grilled at the last moment, are garnished with a make-ahead relish of mangos and kiwifruit. Strawberries dress up the salad that’s flavored with a make-ahead vinaigrette. Mashed potatoes—either enriched with mascarpone cheese or simply prepared in the microwave—can be placed in a slow cooker to rewarm. The ingredients for the spinach can all be prepared ahead of time, waiting for a quick turn in a large skillet as the lamb chops are grilling. Cloverleaf rolls are started the day ahead and baked just before serving so that they are piping hot and ready for a smear of butter. And to cap the meal, a simple lemon sherbet, made a day or two in advance, provides a cool, sweet taste of spring.