Easter is fast approaching and for those who celebrate, this year it’s on Sunday, April 9, 2023… time to think of the Easter Feast that you will serve!

If you want to bring a French touch to your Easter meal, follow our tips and tricks for incorporating seasonal ingredients into your recipes and sourcing from the local suppliers we have selected for you.

Agneau, févettes, ail des ours – Recette Elle

For a “French-style” menu, we suggest that you cook with some of the traditional ingredients of the Easter holiday which happen to be perfectly in season:

  • As a starter, how about some steamed asparagus served with a mousseline or Hollandaise sauce? Do not hesitate to serve eggs as a side, cocotte style, poached, soft-boiled, hard-boiled, sous-vide, or even deviled eggs.
    • Shopping tip: go to your local Farmer’s market to find the freshest local vegetables (list of Farmers Markets in San Francisco here).
    • Shortcut tip: Fabrique Délices offers sous-vide eggs made with broccoli and parmesan or with gruyère and prosciutto.
  • As a main course, you could serve a traditional Easter lamb accompanied by potatoes and flageolet beans and seasoned with garlic and rosemary.
    • Shopping tips: Olivier’s Butchery offers a wide selection of lamb cuts including the famous French lamb leg roast, and flageolet beans (and many other French specialties) can be found at Frenchery.com, Goudy’s or Mypanier.com.
    • If you are not a lamb lover, or to switch things up, you could cook an “Easter Ham” which is an American tradition for Easter. In the United States, it is not the lamb but rather the ham that is the real star of the Easter meal. It is often glazed with maple syrup or honey with orange juice and sometimes also decorated with pineapple slices.
    • If you want to serve Parisian-style ham or other French charcuterie specialties including patés en croute and puff pastries, we recommend Maison Porcella.
    • Vegan recipe idea: an asparagus and mushroom risotto.
  • For dessert, an Easter celebration wouldn’t be complete without chocolate that you can serve as a mousse, pie, or cake… or to lighten things up, you could serve strawberries in a fruit salad, mousse, or pie for example. Another good reason to visit your Farmers Market if you prepare your dessert yourself. Otherwise, consider paying a visit to one of these excellent bakeries in the Bay Area:

To bring an American touch to your Easter menu, consider serving a brunch with these great classics such as deviled eggs, French Toast, pancakes or biscuits, ham (Easter Ham), or an asparagus salad.

To decorate your festive table, think of some pretty, seasonal tulips that you can find at your local florist such as French Tulip in Noe Valley or you could visit Guy, the San Francisco florist whom we talked about in our recent article.

Easter eggs by One65

For the traditional egg hunt, you will find chocolate delights of all shapes and sizes at these great Bay Area bakeries and chocolate makers that offer beautiful Easter collections:

Bon Appétit 

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