Planning to host an Easter Sunday dinner on April 17? Why not keep things simple by ordering some, or all, of your meal at some of the best restaurants in the country?
We found plenty of Easter dinner ideas from Goldbelly, a website that helps local restaurants ship their food across the country. Delight guests with elegant cheese boards, Christmas-themed Italian pastries, cookies, mac and cheese, lamb, ham, and even turducken. Because saving precious time in the kitchen to spend with the family is worth its weight in chocolate bunny gold.
$39 at Goldbelly
Want to really show off this Easter? Attend your celebration with this beautiful charcuterie and cheese board and get ready for lots of gasps. To serve three to four, not only does it come with 15 hand-cut gourmet artisanal cheeses (including a bunny-shaped black truffle moliterno), charcuterie, dried fruit, nuts, crackers and chocolates, but you also receive a wooden board. reusable acacia and bamboo serving utensils. Consider it your hostess gift.
$69 at Goldbelly
Easter wouldn’t be Easter without some serious sweet treats, which is why we recommend starting your meal with pastry appetizers. Serving 10 people, this package from the famous New York bakery founded in 1892 in New York’s Little Italy includes a 1-pound tray of assorted cookies, a mini Colomba (a dove-shaped sweet bread symbol of Easter), a Three-egg Casatiello (a braided Easter egg loaf representing the circle of life) and a mini Struffoli (a bite-sized baked puff pastry topped with honey).
$60 at Goldbelly
Easter dinner guests will love this elegant — and downright delicious — appetizer from the Kent Island, Maryland restaurant, renowned for its Maryland blue crab cakes since 1952. Made with giant chunks of Atlantic blue crab, you get a dozen of mini cakes But if that doesn’t seem like enough, you have the option to add more for an additional fee.
$85.95 at Goldbelly
When your Easter guests arrive, start the meal off right with a tray of gorgeous pastel hand-rolled bagels from this New York Lower East Side bagel shop. For additional fees, add cream cheese, smoked salmon, black and white crackers, babka, or any crispy condiments.
$129 at Goldbelly
You don’t have to be from St. Louis to appreciate the splendor of toasted ravioli and Provel cheese balls. From the Missouri pizzeria, with more than 50 years in business, comes this package that includes two bags, about 116 pieces of Provel bites (Provel is a combination of cheddar, Swiss and provolone cheese) and a box, about 175 pieces, of oven. oven-toasted ravioli. If there are any leftovers (and we find that highly unlikely), save them for a quick meal later.
$39 at Goldbelly
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with green bean casserole or gratin corn at Easter. But when lobster mac and cheese is an option, you order it. This decadent dish from the legendary Cambridge, Massachusetts fish house is filled with sweet chunks of lobster meat, al dente pasta, and a white cheddar cheese cream sauce. Serve four as a side or two as an entree.
$51 at Goldbelly
Technically, this is a dessert, but we love it as a decadent side dish for Easter dinner. From one of New York’s last old-world Italian bakeries (in business for over 125 years), this cake is made from wheat, ricotta, diced fruit, and a hint of orange. Serves 8-10.
$79.95 at Goldbelly
Bring a barbecue twist to your Easter meal with this side dish combo pack from the beloved North Carolina restaurant. Choose from five 1-pint side dishes with options of kale, blackeye, macaroni and cheese, hush puppies and Brunswick stew.
$79.95 at Goldbelly
Run-DMC’s Rev Run is known for more than just his rap skills—in addition to other things, he hosts a cooking show with his wife, Justine. He makes them a part of his Easter dinner when he orders his two-pound combo pack of smoked sauteed green beans and a 2-pound platter of four-cheese mac and cheese.
$131.95 at Goldbelly
If you’re planning a southern-themed Easter dinner, you know that cookies are simply necessary. This pack from bakers in Charlotte, SC makes serving the standard a no-brainer: It comes with six frozen blueberry, 12 buttermilk, and 12 frozen country ham handmade cookies, plus cheese, pecan cocktail, pimento cheese, raspberry-pepper preserves, and, just for good measure, a pound of bacon. Serves 8.
Easter dinner main dishes
$99.95 at Goldbelly
Niman Ranch near San Francisco has been raising high-quality cattle using humane and sustainable methods since the early 1970s. Order their cooked, applewood-smoked, spiral-cut, bone-in ham (about 9 lbs. and serves 25) that comes with a packet of frosting, and simply thaw and reheat for a delicious, no-fuss Easter dinner.
$159.95 at Goldbelly
If you’d rather spend Easter Sunday with your family than sweat it out in the kitchen, consider this dinner package with enough food to feed four to six people. From the New Orleans butcher/restaurant comes a combination of 2 1/2 pounds of butcher ham with a cane syrup glaze, 1 pound of gratin crawfish and braised collard greens with bacon and six biscuits. Allons Manger!
$199.95 at Goldbelly
Are you planning a formal Easter party? Ilili, an upscale Lebanese restaurant in New York City’s Flatiron neighborhood, serves up a popular slow-braised lamb, now available at Goldbelly. For four people, you will receive two legs of lamb, lamb gravy, lamb broth, cucumber mint yogurt, Lebanese dirty rice, pita bread, hummus, Brussels sprouts, harissa sauce, mint yogurt and fig jam, plus of grapes, walnuts, turnips and zucchini, radishes and carrots.
$189.95 at Goldbelly
If Easter ham is not your thing, we have a delicious alternative: fried chicken! Indulge in this feast from Blue Ribbon, known for its extra-crispy fried chicken drenched in spices, topped with egg whites and topped with matzah meal crumbs. The restaurant’s meal kit serves 8-10 and includes four pancakes of fried chicken breast, thighs, drumsticks and wings, plus two quarters of mashed potatoes and kale, along with chicken gravy, honey wildflower and relish of fried chicken.
$199.95 at Goldbelly
What a whole hog and, we guess, fowl, with a 12-pound Cajun turducken, which is a turkey stuffed with duck, stuffed with chicken, from the well-known Tulsa, Oklahoma restaurant. Do you prefer something a little more traditional? The package also includes a honey-glazed cajun or regular ham. Serves 15.
$59.95 at Goldbelly
End your Easter dinner on a super sweet note with 12 cupcakes from the famous Washington, DC bakery. You will get one of each of the following flavors: Carrot, Cherry Blossom, Coconut, Peanut Butter Fudge, Vanilla Confetti with Sunshine Buttercream, Vanilla Confetti with an Easter Egg, Chocolate Candy, Red Velvet, salted caramel, hummingbird, earl gray lavender tea cake and cherry cheesecake. And, just to gild the Easter lily, they all feature cute holiday-themed fondant accents.
$65 at Goldbelly
Let the kids gorge themselves on jelly beans. In the meantime, the grown-ups will love biting into these delicious hand-dipped chocolate truffle cake balls from Florida’s popular 4 Rivers Smokehouse. Beautifully decorated with white chocolate and colorful pastel accents, they come 20 per order.
$79.95 at Goldbelly
Guests will jump for joy when you present this amazing 6-inch four-layer carrot cake from Duff Goldman of “Ace of Cakes” fame. With vanilla cream cheese frosting and buttercream decorations, plus adorable fondant bunny ears, it comes on a silver board for easy presentation. Serves 8-10.
$69.95 at Goldbelly
Order Junior’s famous original New York Cheesecake delivered right to your door, made extra special with a festive Easter design. From the Brooklyn, New York landmark, in business since 1950, you’ll get a 9-inch egg-shaped cheesecake topped with chocolate ganache and hand-decorated with pastel swirls and curls. In a word: Wow. Serves 8.