Easy Easter Recipes That'll Have You Volunteering To Host Again Next Year

Nutter Butter-Banana Pudding Trifle
Photo: Jennifer Davick

So, every seat at your Easter table is accounted for and you still have no idea what you're cooking? Don't fret—these quick and easy recipes will have your guests singing your praises until Thanksgiving dinner. Start with simple appetizers like Carrot Hummus and Spinach-and-Vidalia Dip. They're easy to munch on while holding a cocktail and won't leave your guests with no appetite. Set the table with delicious sides like Hot Potato Salad—a delicious take on traditional potato salad that's warm, creamy, cheesy, and absolutely mouth-watering. Lighter options like Lemony Green Bean Pasta Salad and Carrot-Ginger Puree highlight the season's freshest produce. Of course, no Southern Easter is complete without Pineapple Casserole—not to mention it's probably the easiest side recipe in the bunch. Just pour the ingredients in a casserole dish and bake. If you're hosting brunch, try our Asparagus and Goat Cheese Mini Quiches. Store-bought crust will speed up the prep.For the main event, give our No-Fail Ham Glaze a try. Trust us, it's definitely an upgrade from that sugary packet that's included with your store-bought ham. Bake a Hummingbird Bundt Cake for dessert. It's full of all the flavors you love about classic Hummingbird Cake, but in time-saving Bundt-form.

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Here's Why Pineapple Casserole Deserves A Spot On Your Easter Table

Recipe: Pineapple Casserole

We celebrate Easter with our finest china, starched tablecloths, gorgeous flower arrangements, and heirloom crystal glasses. So, it's only natural that we bring out our most prized recipes to match our beautiful tablescapes. This spring holiday is one of our absolute favorites to appreciate the new life of spring and to spend time together as a family. Easter dinner wouldn't be complete without this nostalgic Southern dish gracing the table. Made with chunks of juicy pineapple, crushed Ritz crackers, and shredded Cheddar cheese, Pineapple Casserole is a rich side dish recipe with an unlikely flavor combination. Although strangers may turn up their noses at the combination of pineapple and Cheddar cheese, we implore you to take a bite of this Easter side and be transported back to your Grandmama's house on Easter weekend. We don't need many variations on this iconic casserole, as there are few ways to make this Pineapple Casserole better than our six-ingredient recipe. Plus, if you need any other reason to try out this oh-so-Southern dish for Easter dinner, the recipe takes less than 40 minutes from start to finish.

Start your Pineapple Casserole by combining the sugar, flour, and pineapple juice in a medium bowl. This will create the thickened sauce for your casserole. Add in the pineapple chunks, and toss them thoroughly in the mixture. Spoon your pineapple into a casserole dish, and add a layer of shredded cheese. Next, you'll want to make the crispy Ritz Cracker crust. Similar to the topping of Poppy Seed Chicken, this crisp coating gives your casserole a buttery, rich texture that makes it all the more worthwhile. Pop the dish into the oven until bubbly around the edges (about 30 minutes), and be sure to serve it up with a large spoon – guests will want seconds. Don't knock it 'til you've tried it!

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Warm Asparagus, Radish, and New Potato Salad with Herb Dressing

Mini Cheese Grits Casseroles
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Torie Cox; Prop Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

Recipe: Warm Asparagus, Radish, and New Potato Salad with Herb Dressing

We added some seasonal flavor to the traditional potato salad with asparagus and radishes.

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Beet-and-Orange Salad with Spiced Pecans

Beet-and-Orange Salad with Spiced Pecans
Victor Protasio

Recipe: Beet-and-Orange Salad with Spiced Pecans

A package of ready-to-eat peeled and steamed beets allows this recipe to come together in just 15 minutes.

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Coconut-Carrot Cake with Coconut Buttercream

Coconut-Carrot Cake with Coconut Buttercream
Photo: Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Torie Cox; Prop Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

Recipe: Coconut-Carrot Cake with Coconut Buttercream

What could be easier than two cakes in one?

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“Carrot Cake” Biscuits and Pineapple-Cinnamon Butter

Honey-Port Lacquered Ham with Whipped Dijon Cream
PHOTO: HECTOR MANUEL SANCHEZ; PROP STYLING: CAROLINE M. CUNNINGHAM

Recipe: “Carrot Cake” Biscuits and Pineapple-Cinnamon Butter

Carrot Cake is an Easter classic, but these make-ahead biscuits capture all the flavor in half the time.

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Strawberry-Rhubarb Salad

Strawberry-Rhubarb Salad
Photo: Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Torie Cox; Prop Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

Recipe: Strawberry-Rhubarb Salad

This simple salad is as tasty as it is beautiful.

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Mini Cheese Grits Casseroles

Mini Cheese Grits Casseroles
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Torie Cox; Prop Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

Recipe: Mini Cheese Grits Casseroles

15 minutes of prep work, chilling overnight, and less than an hour baking the day of? That sounds pretty easy to us.

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Beet Red Velvet Cupcakes

Beet Red Velvet Cupcakes
Photo: Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Missie Neville Crawford; Food Styling Torie Cox

Recipe: Beet Red Velvet Cupcakes

Skip the layer cake and make these pretty beet cupcakes instead. They’ll only require 25 minutes hands-on time, but be sure to plan for an hour and 35 minutes total.

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Asparagus and Goat Cheese Mini Quiches

Asparagus and Goat Cheese Mini Quiches
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Asparagus and Goat Cheese Mini Quiches

Use store-bought crust to speed up this Easter brunch recipe.

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Carrot Hummus

Carrot Hummus
Hector Manuel Sanchez; Prop Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham; Food Styling: Marian Cooper Cairns

Recipe: Carrot Hummus

This Easter appetizer only takes 20 minutes to prepare, but it will need to chill in the refrigerator for four hours before serving.

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Tarragon Asparagus with Eggs

New Potato and Fennel Salad
Hector Manuel Sanchez; Prop Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

Recipe: Tarragon Asparagus with Eggs

Create a simple vinaigrette for boiled asparagus and top with grated eggs—it’s that simple.

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New Potato and Fennel Salad

New Potato and Fennel Salad
Hector Manuel Sanchez; Prop Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

Recipe: New Potato and Fennel Salad

Potatoes, fennel and briny green olives, and a light dressing create a fresh twist on classic potato salad.

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Radishes in Warm Herb Butter

New Potato and Fennel Salad
Hector Manuel Sanchez; Prop Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

Recipe: Radishes in Warm Herb Butter

This bright side dish is a feast for the eyes—and the taste buds.

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Spring Lettuce and Leek Soup

Spring Lettuce and Leek Soup
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Spring Lettuce and Leek Soup

Use an immersion blender to keep required cleanup to a minimum. Top with a dollop of sour cream and dill sprigs.

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No-Fail Easter Ham Glaze

Glazed Spiral-Cut Holiday Ham
Helen Norman; Styling: Carrie Purcell

Recipe: No-Fail Easter Ham Glaze

This year, don’t use the prepackaged glaze that comes with your holiday ham. Opt for our no-fail glaze instead.

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Spinach-and-Vidalia Dip

Spinach-and-Vidalia Dip
Photo: Greg Dupree

Recipe: Spinach-and-Vidalia Dip

This crudité spread is perfect for a casual Easter gathering.

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Herbed Dip with Baby Vegetables

Herb Dip
Photo: Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Herbed Dip with Baby Vegetables

A chilled, creamy dip elevates baby vegetables to appetizer status.

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Prosciutto-Wrapped Mango Bites

Prosciutto-Wrapped Mango Bites
Beth Dreiling Hontzas

Recipe: Prosciutto-Wrapped Mango Bites

This simple, no-cook appetizer is an Easter crowd pleaser.

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Potato Hash

Potato Hash
Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Potato Hash

Cut potatoes into 1/2–inch pieces to speed up the cook-time.

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Lemony Green Bean Pasta Salad

Lemony Green Bean Pasta Salad
Helene Dujardin

Recipe: Lemony Green Bean Pasta Salad

Once you make this as an Easter side, it may end up becoming your favorite light spring supper recipe.

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Spinach-and-Romaine Salad with Cucumbers, Radishes, and Creamy Mint Dressing

Spinach-and-Romaine Salad with Cucumbers, Radishes, and Creamy Mint Dressing
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Spinach-and-Romaine Salad with Cucumbers, Radishes, and Creamy Mint Dressing

Toss together all the ingredients for this bright spring salad and top with our creamy vinaigrette.

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Hot Potato Salad

Hot Potato Salad
Helen Norman

Recipe: Hot Potato Salad

Potato salad just got an upgrade. This casserole is cheesy, creamy, and everything delicious.

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Carrot-Ginger Puree

Hot Potato Salad
Helen Norman

Recipe: Carrot-Ginger Puree

Make this Easter side up to three days ahead.

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Easy Parmesan-Herb Rolls

Glazed Spiral-Cut Holiday Ham
Helen Norman; Styling: Carrie Purcell

Recipe: Easy Parmesan-Herb Rolls

This recipe dresses up store-bought canned dough with dried herbs.

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Easy Three-Seed Pan Rolls

Easy Three-Seed Pan Rolls
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Easy Three-Seed Pan Rolls

Start with frozen bread dough and transform it into addictive rolls that your guests will love.

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Marbled Eggs

Marbled Eggs
Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Buffy Hargett

Recipe: Marbled Eggs

These stunning beet-dyed eggs will work twofold as a delicious Easter side and an unexpected table centerpiece.

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Chocolate Truffle Pie with Amaretto Cream

Lemon Sherbet Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Chocolate Truffle Pie with Amaretto Cream

A crispy crust and gooey center make this Chocolate Truffle Pie a winner.

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Mini Strawberry Tarts

Mini Strawberry Tarts
Greg Dupree

Recipe: Mini Strawberry Tarts

To make the filling, simply beat cream cheese, lemon zest, lemon juice and granulated sugar until blended. Fold in whipped cream before adding to the pie shells. Chill for four hours.

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Easter-Egg Shortbread Cookies

Easter-Egg Shortbread Cookies
Helen Norman

Recipe: Easter-Egg Shortbread Cookies

The Easter bunny is going to love these pretty little cookies.

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Hummingbird Bundt Cake

Hummingbird Bundt Cake
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Hummingbird Bundt Cake

Layered Hummingbird Cake is delicious, but time consuming. Skip the work and make it a Bundt cake that still captures all the delicious flavor of the original.

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Nutter Butter-Banana Pudding Trifle

Nutter Butter-Banana Pudding Trifle
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Nutter Butter-Banana Pudding Trifle

Kids are going to go bananas over this one. You’ll be happy to find you already have most of the ingredients on hand.

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Braised Lamb Shank

Potato Hash
Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Braised Lamb

You might not consider braised lamb shanks to fall in the category of easy, but it’s all about the convenience. Make them a day ahead and reheat just before serving.

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Glazed Spiral-Cut Holiday Ham

Glazed Spiral-Cut Holiday Ham
Helen Norman; Styling: Carrie Purcell

Recipe: Glazed Spiral-Cut Holiday Ham

Take a store-bought ham and jazz it up with our delicious (and easy) glaze.

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