Easter dinner this year was, once again, at Sue's house. She has the biggest kitchen to fit the whole family. I think we had 17 for dinner this year. Sue wanted to do a bacon themed Easter dinner so 99.9% of our dishes included bacon. Including our chicken cheese ball appie above.
We saw an adorable bean bag chicken on Pinterest and decided to try and turn it into an edible treat. She turned out pretty cute.
We will do a post on that recipe and link it back to here. (Check back for link).
We are sharing our entire meal here, from appies to desserts, and below the photos we have done separate posts for we will share the links!
Lets start with appetizers, shall we?
The table center was our chicken cheese ball with several homemade breads. Sue made a Swiss zopf, herb and garlic knots, gluten free mini cornmeal muffins, and wholegrain crackers. I made a hot cross loaf.
In case you just need a Small Batch Hot Cross Buns(6 buns) we created this recipe. (Click HERE)
Veggies are so much more fun to eat when they look pretty. I made this vegetable flower tray for our mom's senior's center. Perfect for spring and Easter dinner.
Mom made her famous deviled eggs and topped them with bacon to match our bacon theme.
Our Aunty and Uncle brought a lovely fruit and nut mix to snack on too. The gummies on top are always the first to go!
For the main course we had a whole bunch of choices!
The spread! Sue's mother-in-law made the best stuffing!
Is it possible to have too many choices? I don't think so.
Bacon wrapped pork tenderloin! A great ham alternative. Sue cooked it just right.
That turkey tho. Crispy skin is the best, am I right?
Add bacon bits to your green beans to elevate them to a whole new level. Seriously. Do it.
Orra made these lovely filo pastry wrapped asparagus spears with a drizzle of balsamic reduction. They work as an appetizer or a side dish. So yummy!
And, can we just take a moment to admire these bacon wrapped roast carrots?
(Check back for link to recipe). This is how all carrots should be cooked from now on.
We made our macaroni salad into a little piggy. Because adorable, that's why.
(The ears, tail, and snout are bologna. The eyes, black olives.)
Sue made a pea and bacon salad that was my favorite dish of the evening. I'm adding this to my permanent salad rotation. (Check back for link to recipe.)
The desserts were plentiful this year! Our cousin Carol-Anne made a tasty gluten free pineapple and coconut square pictured in the corner of the photo that was a big hit.
Bacon for dessert? Yes. Of course. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bacon Cookies (recipe HERE), Maple Bacon Ice Cream (check back for link to recipe), and Chocolate Dipped Bacon (Check back for link).
Sue made an impressive Pineapple Upside Down Cake with Caramelized Bacon. (Check back for link to recipe.)
And she made these crazy Pecan Pie Bacon Squares that everyone was drooling over! (Check back for link to recipe.)
More Chocolate Dipped Bacon - with skor bits, almonds, and salted peanuts. (Check back for link to recipe.)
I made the richest, creamiest ice cream ever. Maple Bacon Ice Cream! Yes, bacon works in ice cream too! (Check back for link to recipe.)
Orra made these fun peanut butter chocolate squares and added some pretend candy bacon because she didn't want to add real bacon. Pretend bacon still counts plus it looks cute.
Want to check out where we get some of our ideas? Visit our Easter Pinterest Board and follow us on Pinterest!