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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Easter Dinner From Pattycakes Kitchen

My husband loves lamb, but I had never cooked it until his 70th birthday last year, when I decided to give it a try. I found this lamb recipe on Food Network, and made a menu of  Greek Salad, Grilled Lamb, Wayne's Risotto, and Buttery Minted Peas. A great combination!  The meal was delicious, so it will be our Easter dinner this year! I decided to add Pineapple Chess Pie for dessert.  It is quick and easy to make, and is so good!  Here are all of the recipes:

Greek Salad (adapted from The Pioneer Woman)

Head of Romaine lettuce, chopped (not bagged)
4 ripe tomatoes, cut into wedges
1 cucumber, peeled and cut into chunks
1/2 red onion, sliced very thin
30 whole pitted Kalamata olives
6 ounces crumbled Feta cheese (or to taste)
1/4 C olive oil
2 tbs red wine vinegar
1 tsp sugar or Splenda (or to taste)
1 clove garlic, minced
6 Kalamata olives (extra), minced
1/4 tsp sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 whole lemon

Put chopped lettuce, tomato wedges, cucumber chunks, onion slices, Kalamata olives, and feta into a salad bowl.  Combine olive oil, vinegar, sugar, garlic, salt, pepper, and chopped olives in a small bowl. Whisk together until combined. Taste and adjust seasonings.  Pour dressing over sald and toss right beforre serving. Squeeze fresh lemon over salad, and serve.

Grilled Lamb Chops With Rosemary and Garlic 
8 4oz. New Zealand lamb chops
¼ C extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp. finely minced garlic
1 TBS fresh rosemary leaves, finely chopped
Juice of ½ large lemon
1 tsp. kosher salt
½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Mix all ingredients except lamb. Rub chops with mixture, and put in refrigerator for a couple of hours. Preheat grill to 400*. Cook on each side about 6 minutes, or until desired doneness. May also be cooked in oven, but is more flavorful on the grill.

Wayne's Risotto (from my friend Carol B., a fantastic cook...who doesn't blog. :(  )
1 TBS olive oil
1 C onion, chopped
½ tsp. salt and pepper
6 C chicken STOCK
1 tsp. garlic, chopped
2 C Arborio rice
1 C baby bella mushrooms, sliced
1 TBS butter
¼ C heavy cream
½ C good parmesan, grated
3 TBS green onion, green part mostly, chopped
2 TBS white truffle oil

Heat oil, add onion, salt and pepper; cook, stirring, until soft. Add stock; simmer 6 minutes. Add rice; simmer, stirring for 10 minutes. Add mushrooms; cook and stir 10 minutes. Add butter, heavy cream, cheese, green onions and truffle oil; cook 2 minutes more, or until rice is done, and risotto is thick enough to sit on a plate without running.

Minted Peas (adapted from About.com)
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon Braswell's Mint Jelly with Leaves
1 tablespoon water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 bag frozen English peas, defrosted and drained
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves

Melt butter, mint jelly, water, and salt together. Toss with the defrosted, drained peas. .
Heat gently just until done, and sprinkle with the fresh mint leaves.  You would never believe these peas are from the supermarket freezer. The mint jelly, butter, and fresh mint bring them up to the quality of a vegetable at a good restaurant. 

Pineapple Chess Pie
1 1/3 C sugar
1 TBS fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. vanilla
3 eggs
¼ C butter, melted
8oz. can crushed pineapple with juice
1 refrigerated pie crust, partially baked

Bake pie crust at 425* for about 10 minutes.  Melt butter; add sugar, eggs, lemon juice and vanilla; beat well.  Add crushed pineapple and juice and mix well. Pour into pie crust and bake at 375* until filling is just set.  A really good pie!


  1. I have only had lamb once. It was delicious, but I've never made it! I do love Minted Peas!

  2. Have never tried lamb, I want to, but it is not available here. The recipes always look so tasty. I have to try that pineapple chess pie!!!! That looks like it would be a winner here! We love chess pie and this looks yummy!

  3. Sounds like a very delicious Easter menu! Have a happy and blessed Easter weekend. xo

  4. OMGOODNESS! What time did you want me there for dinner?;>) Blessings to you-xo Diana

  5. Sounds like Bobby will be one happy camper! The menu sounds fabulous. Happy Easter, my friend!!

  6. You forgot to post directions to your house. I think we all want to stop by on Easter.
    Thanks for sharing your menu. Hope to see you back next week on Foodie Friday.

  7. Oh it all looks delicious! Happy Easter Patsy

    Bridget xo

  8. Good Morning Patsy,
    Easter Dinner at your house must have been awesome! It all looks delicious, hope you had a wonderful Easter with your family. Hope you have a wonderful week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  9. Hi Pasty, your Easter dinner look so delicious. I love the pineapple pie. :)

    Have a nice day.

  10. What a lovely spread...hope you had a great time :-)

  11. Patsy, I'd love it if you would share some of your terrific recipes on my Southern Sundays linky party when you come back! www.asliceofsouthern.blogspot.com

    Hope to see you there!