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Hosting Easter

This past weekend, we hosted Easter at our house. Almost 20 people, ranging from four years old to seventy. It went really well, but what a day! Anyway, this is the schedule I followed throughout the day.

We wanted an early dinner, so the goal was to have everything out by about 4. After some wrangling, we were all eating by 4:30. My mother-in-law was nice enough to prepare the gravy (sauce) and meatballs the night before and bring that over.

What I need:

  • 2 full baking sheets for the zucchini and potatoes
  • Stock pot and colander
  • Skillet
  • Oven Trays

10:30 : Prep begins

Remove the lamb, trim the fat off of it

Prep the marinade (also, this video)

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 – 2tbsp cut rosemary
  • 1 – 2tbsp parlsey
  • A little juice of the lemon
  • 4 tsp of garlic (or more)

Cut the potatoes in half and throw them in some water

Prep the potatoes seasoning

  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2.5 tsp italian seasoning
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 3 tbsp parmesean cheese
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Pinch of black pepper

12:30: Get the lamb ready

Pull the lamb from the fridge

  • Season it with 1tbsp of salt on each side, plus a bit of pepper
  • Add the herb marinade
  • Roll it, truss it, get it ready for the oven

Preheat the oven to 425

1:30: Lamb goes in the oven

Lamb goes in at 425 for 20 minutes, then down to 325
This thing is 6.7lbs. It could be anywhere from 2 to 2.5 hours, pull it when the internal temp hits 135

  • Note: It took around 2 hours to cook, with temperature at around 300

2:30: Start on potatoes

Dry, season and prep the potatoes

  • Add parchment paper to 2 baking sheets
  • Drizzle and spread oil on each
  • Sprinkle the potato seasoning on each pan
  • Place each potato face down
  • Preheat the second oven to 400

Start on the zucchini

  • Halve and score the zucchinis
  • Snow salt on to cross hatched zucchini

3:00: Sides

Potatoes go in the oven

Start warming the gravy on the stove

3:30: Cook the Zucchini

  • Put the Zucchini into the skillet, a few minutes on each side
  • Move them to a plate as they get finished up
  • Add salt, pepper and a bit of italian seasoning and garlic to each

3:30 – 4:00: Everything everything.

Zucchinis in the oven

  • Raise heat to 450 in the second oven
  • Put zucchini in for 25 minutes or so

Pull the lamb when it’s finished

  • Put Manicotti in when the lamb is finished

Put the water for the spagetthi up

  • Throw the spaghetti in for a few minutes then transfer to the colander

4:00 – 4:30: We eat!