Nope, it's not the mac & cheese! 

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If you haven’t checked your calendar lately, we’re here to announce that Easter is in April this year. And, in the South, planning for this glorious occasion begins weeks in advance. Matching pastel colored outfits need to be chosen, Resurrection Day decorations need to be hung, and a plethora of delicious food needs to be cooked. Of course, the meaning of Easter centers on the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, which means we pull out all the stops when it comes to this highly anticipated holiday. Honey-roasted ham, homemade mac and cheese, fresh-out-the-oven crescent rolls, indulgent banana pudding, and candied yams are just a few of the impeccable dishes that grace our dining room table on Easter Sunday. However, it goes without saying that one cuisine rules them all; it’s the shining beacon of Resurrection Day – especially if you’re heading to a local church potluck. What is this magical dish you may ask? Potato salad, of course!

If any region has perfected the art of making potato salad, it’s surely the South. Below the Mason-Dixon, this beloved side comes in all shapes, sizes, and flavors. Whether you’re looking for light and fluffy or thick and creamy, any Easter Sunday church potluck simply wouldn’t be the same without the beloved dish. One of our favorite recipes here at Southern Living is the Carbonara Potato Salad. With pancetta, potatoes, eggs, and cheese… this combo is sure to send your taste buds soaring. It’s hearty, satisfying, and oh so savory. The hard-boiled eggs beautifully contrast the crispy bacon flecks, and fresh lemon juice offers a tangy finish. Packed with zesty herbs, this potato salad is sure to impress even the choosiest Easter food connoisseurs. As fancy as it sounds, you’ll be happy to know this dish is incredibly easy to pull together. In fact, we’re willing to bet that most of the ingredients are already in your kitchen; it’s a win-win for everyone!