Our Favorite Easter Menu Ideas Of All Time

Easy & Elegant Easter Menu
Photo: Photo: Helen Norman

Celebrate Easter with one of our creative and delicious Easter meal recipes. You will find all your favorite Easter dinner recipes included in this selection, from glazed hams to scalloped potatoes and pretty green salads. If you are hosting a formal Easter supper, we have the perfect lineup of tasty dishes that will impress your guests. Or choose a hearty breakfast casserole, break out the champagne flutes, and gather family and friends for a mid-morning brunch. If the weather promises to be nice, pull the picnic tables together for a casual potluck gathering full of everyone's favorite Easter food. Our Easter menus are loaded with recipes that are easy to assemble and transport to the party. Whether you need a menu for a small party of four or large gathering of more than 20 guests, you will find a host of ideas in this Easter menu collection.

Entertaining family and friends at Easter has never been so easy. Set up the sideboard with crystal and silver or simply dust off the patio chairs and get ready for some backyard fun. These carefree Easter menus and spring brunch recipes offer something for everyone. These Easter recipes are all about fresh seasonal flavor and the supermarkets are loaded with bargains. Many have components that can be prepared ahead on Saturday, so there's no last minute scrambling before the guests arrive. Try one of our favorite Easter menus, and you'll be sure to revisit it for years to come.

01 of 10

Family Easter Dinner

Spring Salad with Berries and Bacon
Johnny Autry; Food and Prop Styling: Charlotte L. Autry

Recipe: Sweet-Hot Plum-Glazed Ham
Recipe: Classic Parmesan Scalloped Potatoes
Recipe: Oven-Roasted Asparagus
Recipe: Spring Salad With Berries And Bacon
Recipe: Make-Ahead Yeast Rolls
Recipe: Classic Coconut Cake
Recipe: Blueberry-Lemon Iced Tea

Plum preserves spiked with fresh citrus, ginger, and crushed red pepper update the traditional baked ham. A creamy casserole of scalloped potatoes and tender Oven-Roasted Asparagus round out this family-pleasing menu. Sliced strawberries, bacon, and a tangy vinaigrette make our colorful Spring Salad with Berries and Bacon (pictured) a perennial holiday favorite. Warm, fluffy rolls straight from the oven are a must-have on Easter Sunday, and our Make-Ahead Yeast Rolls take the stress out of holiday cooking. And of course we wouldn't even think about having Easter without a coconut cake! The best part about this layered delicacy is the creamy coconut filling.

02 of 10

Laid-Back Easter Sunday Dinner

Top-Shelf Chicken Under a Brick
Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Top-Shelf Chicken Under A Brick
Recipe: Roasted Tomato Macaroni And Cheese
Recipe: Creamy Broccoli Slaw

Recipe: Strawberry-Spinach Salad
Recipe: Double Citrus Tart
Recipe: Classic Sweet Tea

This easy menu brings together familiar ingredients in fresh new ways. After church, slip the chicken on the grill and the mac and cheese in the oven. Prep for the Creamy Broccoli Slaw is minimal thanks to store-bought broccoli slaw mix. Put the finishing touches on the citrusy tart, toss the slaw, and pour the iced tea. And there you have it, Easter dinner made easier thanks to some pre-planning and simple prep work.

03 of 10

Elegant Easter Menu

Easy & Elegant Easter Menu
Photo: Helen Norman

Recipe: Glazed Spiral-Cut Holiday Ham
Recipe: Buttermilk Drop Biscuits
Recipe: Hot Potato Salad

Recipe: Field Pea, Corn, And Bacon Salad
Recipe: Brown Butter Easter Egg Blondies

This easy and elegant menu keeps things classic, but with an extra helping of flavor and color. Make your Easter celebration truly special with a Spiral-Cut Holiday Ham. This meaty main is already fully-cooked, leaving you with more time on your hands to whip up one of our three homemade glazes instead of using the sugary store-bought packet. Hot Potato Salad will make a wonderful addition to your Easter spread, combining the flavor you've come to love in traditional potato salad with a warm and cheesy twist.

04 of 10

Easiest Easter Ever

Herb-Crusted Roasted Leg of Lamb
Greg Dupree; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Herb-Crusted Roasted Leg of Lamb
Recipe: Garlic Parmesan Green Beans
Recipe: Goat Cheese-and-Spring Onion Grits Soufflés
Recipe: Strawberries-And-Cream Sheet Cake

Recipe: Strawberry-Mint Tea

Any cook can conquer these fresh, celebratory recipes. For the main dish star, roasted lamb is surprisingly no-fuss. Simply season the meat the meat an hour before you pop it in the oven. Trust an instant-read meat thermometer to ensure the lamb is the perfect rosy pink in the center. The roasted green beans add a pop of color to the plate. A cheesy and fresh grits soufflé is worthy of special occasion. This side dish is the perfect blend of comfort food taste and company-worthy presentation. Juicy strawberries on our easiest ever shortcake complete the fresh springtime menu.

05 of 10

The Easter Potluck

Asparagus Quiche
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Tina Bell Stamos

Recipe: Tangy Potato-Green Bean Salad
Recipe: Creamy Spring Pasta Bake (Julia's Pasta Bake)
Recipe: Basic Deviled Eggs
Recipe: The Ultimate Chocolate Pie
Recipe: Lemon Sherbet Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting (Pam's Citrus Cupcakes)
Recipe: Asparagus Quiche
Recipe: Champagne Punch

Want to plan an everyone-pitches-in meal that still looks stunning? Here's how. Start off by choosing a theme for your gathering. Let guests know if you're planning a traditional holiday buffet or a casual get-together. Know your numbers: Decide how many appetizers, sides, and desserts you will need based on the number of people attending. Keep it organized (no duplicate dishes!) and ask guests to sign up. Make a list—two green vegetables, three starches, one chocolate dessert—and ask guests to take one. Communicate this however you feel comfortable: Make phone calls, email a sign-up sheet, etc. If your crowd will be looking forward to Aunt Susan's famous squash casserole, then ask her to bring it to the party. On Easter, label the dishes so everyone knows who brought what. Don't forget to be prepared with essential serveware, as every guest won't remember to bring a slotted spoon or pie server. Lastly, plan for leftovers. Should guests divide up any food that remains? Are to-go plates approved? Leave it up to the person who made the dish. Stock up on extra paper plates, aluminum foil, and plastic wrap so you're also prepared for the meal's end.

06 of 10

A Laid-Back Easter Lunch

Baked Ham with Brown Sugar-Citrus Glaze
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Ginny Branch; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer

Recipe: Spinach-Artichoke Dip
Recipe: Carrot Soup With Pea Pesto
Recipe: Sautéed Radishes With Bacon

Recipe: Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus
Recipe: Baked Ham With Brown Sugar-Citrus Glaze
Recipe: Angel Biscuits
Recipe: Mini Coconut-Key Lime Pies

Gather the whole family for a beautiful spring meal that celebrates the best seasonal ingredients. Keep your guests satisfied when they arrive with a fresh dip. Start the meal with a beautiful spring soup. All three side dishes showcase colorful spring favorites like various radishes and asparagus. Covered in sugar-citrus glaze, this ham recipe is a showstopper worthy of the center of the table. The dough for our heavenly Angel Biscuits can be refrigerated until you're ready to bake. Finally, end the meal with a heavenly dessert of miniature Key Lime pies. They can be made ahead, too!

07 of 10

A Beautiful Easter Brunch

SL 2018 Easter Menu - Biscuits w/ all the Fixings
Photographer Victor Protasio Food Stylist: Torie Cox Prop Stylist: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

Recipe: Buttermilk Biscuits with Ham
Recipe: Mini Cheese Grits Casseroles
Recipe: Potato-Bacon Hash
Recipe: Fresh Fruit Salad

Recipe: Coconut-Carrot Cake With Coconut Buttercream
Recipe: Ginger-Orange Mocktails

Make this wonderful celebration with an easy-to-prepare spread of ham biscuits, springtime salads, and a festive punch. The good news for busy hostesses? The biscuits can be cut and frozen up to two weeks in advance. We used a small 2-inch biscuit cutter, so you may want to bake extra. We served our cheese grits casseroles in mini ramekins for a more formal look and easier serving than a casserole dish. Our potato hash holds up better on a buffet than a bowl of mixed greens, but still includes plenty of spinach. A lightly spiced, sheet-cake twist on carrot cake was made for feeding a crowd and travels well if you've been assigned dessert duty at someone else's house. Keep your sparkling punch from getting watered down while it stays cool with pretty lemonade ice cubes.

08 of 10

Easter Made Easy

Glazed Ham with Pineapple Chutney
Greg Dupree; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Glazed Ham With Pineapple Chutney
Recipe: Southern Cobb Salad With Cornbread Croutons
Recipe: Asparagus With Cheese Sauce And Herb Breadcrumbs
Recipe: Potato Salad With Dijon and Scallions
Recipe: Sugar Snap Peas With Orange Zest And Buttery Almonds

Choose a classic main dish and four go-with-anything sides to design a memorable holiday menu. The ham is delicious on its own, but the spiced pineapple chutney takes it to another level. Use fresh (not canned) pineapple, and don't move the fruit around in the skillet too much at first. You want it to char a bit. If you go with the lamb, the secret is to cook it low and slow and then turn up the heat so the exterior can brown and form a crust. The result will be wonderfully crisp on the outside and tender on the inside.

09 of 10

Easter Feast

Southern Living Hummingbird Sheet Cake

Victor Protasio; Food Stylist: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Stylist: Mary Clayton Carl Jones

Recipe: Roasted Lamb With Fresh-Herb Sauce
Recipe: Gingery Carrots
Recipe: Romaine Salad With Oranges And Radishes
Recipe: Potato-And-Rutabaga Gratin
Recipe: Hummingbird Sheet Cake

Staying tried and true to a traditional menu might satisfy your older relatives, but sometimes breaking from tradition makes a meal more memorable and treasured. Make roasted lamb the star of your holiday menu by adding a fresh herb sauce and a lot of brightness to the otherwise heavy main. We've also lightened up the traditional Potato Gratin by adding rutabagas for an extra layer of goodness. The finishing touch of the Hummingbird Sheet Cake is an effortlessly elegant way to end the meal.

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Easter Off The Grill

Grilled Baby Artichokes with Brown Butter Aïoli
Greg DuPree; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer; Prop Styling: Christine Keely

Recipe: Grilled Lamb Chops With Green Garlic Chimichurri
Recipe: Grilled Baby Artichokes With Brown Butter Aïoli
Recipe: Grilled Radish-and-Fennel Salad With Goat Cheese Toasts
Recipe: Spring Onion Grilled Pizza
Recipe: Lemon-Cheese Layer Cake

Easter is the ultimate excuse to dust off the grill and get outside. While you're adding charcoal to the grill, don't put the usual hamburgers and hotdogs on the lineup. We've pulled some recipes that you will be proud to serve up with style as you celebrate spring. Start off the festivities with the Grilled Baby Artichokes and then continue with Grilled Lamb Chops and two sides that focus on the freshness of the season. Ending the meal with the classic Lemon-Cheese Layer Cake will have all of your relatives scheduling next year's Easter celebration in your backyard.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How can you best prepare an Easter menu for a large crowd?

    Preparing a large holiday feast requires planning. Make side dishes in advance so all that's needed the day of is to bake or reheat. Additionally, prepare in stages so there is less chopping or measuring work. Finally, making dessert in advance will save time on the holiday. Other preparation ideas include delegating specific dishes to family members to help contribute to the meal.

  • What's a traditional Easter menu include?

    The main dish for an Easter meal varies, but some typical dishes include honey-baked ham, pot roast, pork chops, and fish. Some popular side dishes include scalloped or mashed potatoes, spring vegetables, and dinner rolls.

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