Recipe ideas for Easter 2024

Barnsley chops with seasonal veg

Are you looking to create a delicious easter dinner for the family, but aren’t sure what to prepare? Don’t worry, we’ve put together some of our favourite recipes in this guide to make sure easter 2024 is full of amazing culinary creations for everyone to enjoy.

Lamb is one of the most popular and commonly eaten meats at easter, so we’re starting our list of recipe ideas off with a dish that resembles classic easter traditions. For this recipe you will need:

  • 2 Barnsley lamb chops
  • 1 handful fresh mint leaves
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • Honey roast carrots and parsnips

Taking only 30 minutes to prepare this dish is ideal for those who don’t want to spend too much time cooking in the kitchen on Easter Sunday, but still ensure that everyone has a mouth-watering meal that effectively celebrates and commemorates the special history and meaning behind easter. See our full recipe for Barnsley chops here.


Maple glazed gammon

If you’re looking for an alternative to lamb, gammon is extremely popular due to its versatility and visual appeal. A big gammon joint certainly has a presence when it’s the centrepiece of a meal, making it a great option for a holiday celebration like easter. For this recipe you will need:

  • 3kg unsmoked gammon joint
  • 1 cup maple syrup (plus a bit extra for basting)
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup bourbon (optional)
  • 3 tbsp Dijon mustard (1 for binding the rub and 2 for the glaze)
  • 1 tbsp cloves
  • 2 tbsp sweet paprika (rub)
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder (rub)
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar (rub)
  • 1 tsp onion powder (rub)
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper (rub)
  • 1 tsp sea salt (rub)

This recipe takes 180 minutes to prepare and will give your easter dinner the wow factor. Perfectly balancing sweet, salty, and a little hint of spice, this dish offers well-rounded flavours that make for a delicious easter celebration and are sure to leave everyone asking for more. You can see how to prepare the maple glazed gammon here.

Beef rump joint with garlic roasted potatoes

Another option to consider if you don’t want to use lamb for your easter dinner, beef can offer plenty of flavour, juiciness, and a melt in the mouth texture. A key benefit of beef is that it can be paired well with a wide range of different flavours, so you won’t be limited on your choice of sides for your easter spread. For this easter recipe you will need:

  • Rump joint
  • Sea salt
  • Rape seed oil
  • Hickory wood (for smoking)
  • Potatoes and your choice of veg

Taking 90 minutes to prepare this dish makes a great alternative to some of the more traditional easter food options whilst still maintaining the sense of occasion and celebration. It has the feel of a classic Sunday roast but elevated to a new level, which gives it the special and different feel it needs to mark your easter dinner. See how to prepare this recipe in full here.

Rotisserie pork loin with honey mustard glaze

Pork can only mean one thing – crackling, which makes for a beautifully indulgent treat over the easter celebration. Combining different textures and flavours to create a truly harmonious dish, good hearty food like this is what an easter dinner should be about. For this recipe you will need:

  • Boneless pork loin joint
  • Salt
  • 1 tbsp English mustard
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • Your choice of accompaniments (we recommend roasted carrots and scalloped potatoes)

Only taking an hour to prepare, this is a recipe you won’t want to miss out on if you want a quick and easy easter meal. The saltiness of the pork is lightened by the sweetness of the honey and all the flavours come together to create a memorable dinner for the whole family to enjoy. You can see the full recipe for rotisserie pork loin here.


We hope this guide has offered some inspiration for this year’s easter celebration. At The Village Butcher we provide a wide range of high-quality meats and easter hampers to suit your preferences. Whether your yearly meat of choice is lamb, or you want to opt for a different meat as your dinner centrepiece, we’ve got you covered. Be fully prepared for Easter Sunday early this year by ordering online and get fast and reliable delivery direct to your door. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

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