Our Best Easter Side Dishes for Lamb
Serving lamb on Easter Sunday is a treasured tradition to which many Southern families stick true. Whether braised or glazed, shank or rack, lamb has an easy elegance to it that calls for a slightly different sideboard than your honey-baked ham. A tradition of biblical origins, lamb comfortably suits more formal Easter feasts, but—as delicious as it is—deserves a spot at even your most laidback Easter lunch. We’ve collected some of our very best sides for lamb that’ll round out your Easter ensemble quite nicely. From savory and crisp to rich and creamy, here are some delicious side dishes to pair with your Easter lamb this year.
Herbed Breadcrumb-Topped Macaroni and Cheese
Give your staple macaroni and cheese a little facelift, fitting for a lamb dinner. Buttery panko breadcrumbs seasoned with sage, thyme, and rosemary are the trick to this elevated mac and cheese.
Asparagus with Red Pepper Chowchow
We know one thing for certain: Southerners love some chowchow. This pepper-pecked recipe will spice up one of your favorite vegetables for Easter.
Herbed Potato Stacks
Recipe: Herbed Potato Stacks
These pretty stacked potatoes aren't your usual mashed or twice baked. The best part? The deliciously crispy exterior and creamy, tender inside.
Green Beans with Caramelized Shallots
A little sweet, smoky flavor from caramelized shallots gives this staple vegetable side just what it needs to buddy up to your savory Easter lamb.
Savory Corn Pudding
Recipe: Savory Corn Pudding
Elevate your classic Southern corn pudding with this recipe that uses chopped onion and fresh thyme for a slightly more savory spin. It doesn't hurt that it even looks a little fancier too, right?
Roasted Beets, Carrots, and Sweet Onions
Literally made to surround your gorgeously roasted lamb, these roasted springtime favorites will bring out even more of the caramelized flavor.
Recipe: Fennel-and-Potato Gratin
This cheesy potato gratin is more than impressive enough for any Easter meal, and we love trying a fun alternative to our staple mashed potatoes.
Shaved Vegetable Salad with Toasted Almonds
Gorgoeus ribbons of some of your favorite springtime vegetables create this colorful salad that just belongs on your elegant Easter sideboard.
Spring Pea Pasta with Ricotta and Herbs
Maybe you want to go a little lighter than your ultra-creamy macaroni and cheese? Well, this fresh spring pea dish uses fluffy ricotta and herbs to create the easiest sauce ever that won't feel quite as heavy.
Recipe: Strawberry-Rhubarb Salad
This fresh salad adds a pop of color to your Easter table, and the sweet-tart flavors complement savory lamb shanks and roasts perfectly.
Spring Onion Pie
Recipe: Spring Onion Pie
Take advantage of fresh spring onions to create this delicious pie-shaped side dish. It'll look just as pretty on the Easter table as it tastes on your plate.
Recipe: Yeast Rolls
While we won't deny that buttermilk biscuits make a lovely vessel for leftover ham, these yeast rolls just seem fitting for Easter, and for a perfectly roasted rack of lamb!
Brussels Sprouts with Parmesan Cream
You'll never second-guess serving Brussels sprouts on Easter ever again after trying this savory, caramelized dish. Truly irresistible, these roasted sprouts are topped with a creamy Parmesan drizzle and freshly shaved Parmesan, which will complement lamb beautifully.
Roasted Root Vegetables
Recipe: Roasted Root Vegetables
When in doubt, whip together some hardy root vegetables with plenty of herbs and seasoning for roasting. It's deceptively easy, but always a crowd-pleaser.
Cheese Grits Soufflé with Mushroom Gravy
Warm, sherry-laced mushroom gravy gives this simple grits soufflé a little oomph. Gruyère cheese gets deliciously melty in the grits and lends subtle nutty flavor.