Get fresh recipe inspiration for every kind of Easter gathering.
It’s easy to find yourself boxed into making the same dishes for Easter every year. Even if you aren’t sick of serving ham or lamb, you might want to mix up how you cook the centerpieces of the meal. Maybe a chicken is more appropriate for the size of your gatherings, especially if don’t want tons of leftovers. Perhaps it’s the sides you need help with.
No matter the course or type of Easter feast, we have recipes for classic and new-school takes on all the staples. From casseroles to cakes, and everything in between, these are the Easter recipes we reach for when entertaining.
Spice-Rubbed Tenderloin with Mustard-Cream Sauce
A rosy-centered tenderloin is the perfect centerpiece to an Easter feast for those who don’t eat or want ham.
Related:24 Easter Dinner Ideas That Go Way Beyond Ham
Instead of a leg of lamb, try serving braised lamb shanks this year. Served over cheesy grits, all you need is a green side salad to complete the meal.
Every holiday table needs something green, and this crunchy romaine salad with juicy orange segments is as colorful as it is flavorful.
For a healthier take on the classic cheesy side, we use rutabagas as well as potatoes and lean on nutty Gruyére cheese for added flavor.
Instead of slow roasting a ham, try these grilled lamb chops, which make just as delicious a main dish in half the time.
The base of this dish must be lamb in order to be called Shepherd’s Pie, but that’s perfect for an Easter feast.
A spring chicken for Easter? Sounds great to us.
Orange juice, ginger, and butter make these carrot coins a great zesty side for ham, lamb, and chicken.
The herb-and-garlic mixture in this lamb recipe doubles as a marinade and serving sauce. With just the right amount of lemon, it’s a tangy, herby punch of flavor that balances the rich roasted lamb.
A comforting casserole is welcomed on any holiday, and this quick chicken and rice bake happens to be as easy as it is cozy.
Swap lamb for beef this Easter with a prime rib roast that is bound to impress all your relatives.
Snap peas with added crunch from buttery almonds? Sign us up.
Don’t monopolize oven space with a ham. Use our slow-cooker method and free up the oven for all sorts of sides and desserts.
Like colorful confetti, this salad is the festive addition to the Easter table you need.
Maple and bourbon are a perfect flavor pairing, especially when used to glaze ham.
If you want to serve pork, but not a ham, try a pork tenderloin. This cut is not only less expensive, but cooks up in no time.
The orange hues of this salad are a colorful way to brighten up Easter dinner.
Every Easter dinner needs a straightforward vegetable side with bacon and this recipe is exactly that.
Salty Parmesan, spicy baby arugula leaves, and creamy white beans combine to form a hearty salad perfect for vegetarian guests or carnivores craving greens.
The best part about this layered dessert is that no oven is required. It can also be assembled well in advance and then sliced when everyone is ready for dessert.
If your go-to pizza order is Hawaiian, then this is the ham recipe for you.
Don’t limit ham to the main dish; throw it into a classic side too!
Try this spring version of the classic Italian dessert. This version may not contain coffee, but it’s packed with zingy lemon flavor.
Pot pies don’t always have to be chicken. Even if you don’t want to serve this for Easter dinner, save the recipe for ham leftovers later in the week.
You can’t go wrong with cheesy scalloped potatoes. With added ham, they’re even more delicious, if that’s possible.
Plum preserves and red pepper flakes combine for a sweet and spicy glaze that’s anything but boring.
This twist on the flavors of the classic pie is an impressive way to finish Easter dinner.
It wouldn’t be Easter without Hot Cross Buns, whether you serve them with dinner or as dessert.
Freeze-dried strawberries lend the frosting its vibrant pink hue and sweet strawberry flavor.
There isn’t an occasion in the South that a Hummingbird Cake isn’t welcome to.
We’re pretty sure the Easter Bunny will be happy to see carrot cake on the menu.
The uniquely Southern combination of canned pineapple chunks, Cheddar cheese, and crispy Ritz crackers will always have a spot on our Easter dinner lineup.
Easier to assemble than a layer cake, this carrot cake is an adorable way to serve the Easter classic without the hassle.
Everyone will be hunting for a second slice of this Easter egg sheet cake after dinner.
Some cakes with ‘easy’ in the title still end up being a huge undertaking, but not this cake. It’s as straightforward as it is cute, and it’s a great recipe to get the kids involved with.
Robins egg blue might be our favorite cake color of all time. Topped with candy eggs and a coconut nest, this cake is almost too pretty eat. Almost.
This classic casserole is the most searched for in the South and for good reason. Filled with butter and cheese-smothered squash, it’s an assured crowd-pleaser.
We all love a classic pound cake, but the addition of fresh strawberries throughout this recipe make it extra festive for spring celebrations.
The ideal way to eat veggies is blanketed in cream and cheese. Although you could give any vegetable this decadent treatment, we think asparagus is the perfect seasonal choice.
Spring desserts are often filled with rhubarb, lemon, and strawberries, but this cake appeals to the chocolate lovers attending Easter this year.
These are not your Grandma’s carrots, but we promise one-bite is all you’ll need to convince her of how delicious they are.
This potluck classic is wonderful served with ham or lamb. It’s also a great recipes for those who like to plan ahead as the dressing can be made up to one week in advance.
Turn your favorite salad into a memorable dessert. Top with fresh strawberries and lots of whipped cream for a sweet finish to Easter festivities.
This salad has it all: crunch from the radishes, tang from the citrus, and creamy richness from the avocados.
Break out the slow-cooker and relax, this recipe practically cooks itself.
The iconic upside-down cake gets a spicy ginger makeover. Don’t worry, it’s still as tender and gooey as ever.
Radishes are crisp and a little spicy, making them a perfect pair for smoky and fatty bacon.
While store-bought rolls are fine, they can’t compare to homemade. Especially when eaten warm straight out of the oven.
We replace thinly sliced potatoes with gnocchi in this gratin. The result? A cheesy side that tastes like macaroni and cheese and scalloped potatoes had a baby.
You don’t need to fire up the grill to serve perfect corn on the cob this Easter.
This refined looking side couldn’t be easier to put together. Double the delicious breadcrumb mixture to use on top of pasta or casseroles later in the week.
Combining chocolate and peanut butter is never a bad idea, especially when brought together to make this sweet Easter treat.
This coconut cupcake recipe is lighter and more tender than a boxed mix, and is enriched with extra coconut flavor thanks to the coconut milk in the batter.
This spin on a Caesar salad uses Greek yogurt to lighten up the dressing; and you’ll need at least one lighter side to balance Easter dinner out.
Every Easter meal needs one nostalgic side, so may we suggest this Jell-O salad? The maraschino cherry on top helps pull together the fluffy, simple dessert.
Chicken and rice are Southern staples, so why not serve them together in a salad as one of your many Easter sides? Lots of tender herbs and a bright lemon dressing give the salad plenty of vivid colors and a fresh taste.
Store-bought shortcuts like cake mix and instant pudding make this dessert easy to whip together after a long day of cooking Easter mains and sides.
Here’s a dessert for all the non-bakers out there. The frozen treat is easy to make, but still feels fancy.
Salad is a flexible term in the South and this is one of the salads that stretch the definition of the term. Nonetheless, it’s a delicious addition to the Easter table.
This cake has all the flavor of the French pastry, but none of the technical skill required.
Ambrosia doesn’t have to be only for Christmas. Assembled into a trifle, it’s a lovely way to end Easter with the family.
Pork shoulder doesn’t always have to mean barbecue. Braised in apple cider, honey, and mustard, it becomes a meaty main perfect for Easter entertaining.
For a fancier potato side dish, give these slender potatoes a try. Roasting turns them crispy and tender. The butter-and-herb coating is all the flavor you need.
One ham, three glazes. Pick the one that matches your meal’s flavors, and use the fail-proof glaze ham recipe to turn it into a centerpiece.
A creamy way to enjoy this fresh, colorful side.
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