You’ve got the guest list written, the flowers ordered, and the Easter dinnerware all laid out, but you still need a few Easter dinner ideas for your classic springtime feast. I got you, Culinary Hill family!
Not to worry. Here’s a traditional Easter menu that comes together without a hitch, so there’s more time to fill baskets and hide eggs. It works for Easter brunch, too, if you’re eating on the early side… hop to it!
Of all the holidays, Easter may be the most beautiful. Spring has sprung, the tulips are blooming, and there’s a certain flowery optimism in the air. Easter dresses, new shoes, and a chance to use your prettiest plates and napkins. And who could forget the chocolate bunnies?
No matter what your Easter food traditions are, you’re bound to find some tantalizing (but easy) Easter recipes to serve on Sunday that will delight your friends and family. These are my most trusted recipes, passed on to you.
Making Easter dinner for two, or twenty? Click and slide the number next to “servings” on the recipe card below to adjust the ingredients to match how many you’re feeding—the recipe does the math for you, it’s that easy.
The main event: Baked Ham with Crumb Topping
A showstopper of an Easter meal wouldn’t be complete without this gorgeous baked ham that’s covered in a thick crust of toasted breadcrumbs. And no, you don’t need to buy the most expensive ham, either! Learn all about finding the best cut of ham and how much ham to buy for a crowd of hungry people. It’s way easier than you think!
If you’re looking for Easter dinner ideas without ham, Roast Rack of Lamb couldn’t be more delicious, especially when served alongside a vibrant Cilantro Mint Sauce. Or make both, and let your guests have some of each. It is Easter, after all!
Easter Bread from Scratch
Biscuits, buns, or crescent rolls, it totally depends on what you’re in the mood for. There’s an easy tutorial on How to Make Biscuits that will definitely up your flaky biscuit game. Just be sure to make extra for breakfast sammies on Monday!
If you have a little extra time, Hot Cross Buns make a perfect Easter brunch bread. They’re an easy yeast roll with just the right amount of cinnamon sweetness for a legendary Sunday breakfast.
Don’t let the yeast intimidate you; these are totally worth it. In the Midwest, we sometimes go all out and decorate the table with adorable miniature butter lambs, which are easy to make with a handy mold.
You’ve boiled them, you’ve dyed them, you’ve hidden them. Now, what to do with all those hard-boiled eggs? My family’s most revered recipe for Deviled Eggs is the only one you need to know, and the best excuse ever to use that deviled egg platter hiding somewhere in the china cabinet.
For the best Easter brunch cocktail ever, serve up frosty glasses filled with the hearty eye-opener, Bacon and Eggs Bloody Mary, along with appetizers. Let the kids hunt for eggs.
Best Easy Easter Side Dishes for Absolutely Everyone
While the ham is resting on the counter, crank the oven up and make a batch of these Roasted Green Beans. They cook so quickly, taste so good, and everyone loves them.
But if first-of-the-season asparagus is at the market, travel over to my How to Roast Asparagus post. You can roast the tender stalks, and serve them straight from the oven, made even better with homemade Hollandaise Sauce. I would drink the sauce, if I could get away with it.
And of course, it just wouldn’t be a holiday meal without potatoes, especially Cheesy Potato Casserole. Appropriate for Easter brunch or Easter dinner, it doesn’t matter one bit! No one, absolutely no one, can say no to cheese and potatoes baked up in a classic Midwestern style. This version is fresh and fantastic with baked ham.
Need a vegetarian Easter meal? Wild Mushroom Risotto is where it’s at, and if you make it in the Instant Pot, you’ll have the entire stove and oven free for other things.
Glorious Easter Desserts
If Easter baskets aren’t enough, how about a bevy of lemony desserts to tempt you? My sister Monica’s recipe for Lemon Cookie Balls, or a Lemon Blueberry Cake that is easy to make the day before and cover with a lovely, sweet glaze.
When the Party is Over…
If you play your cards right, you’ll have a lot of leftover ham (and hopefully biscuits) for sandwiches throughout the week. In case you’re the type to get bored easily, I’ve got some really solid recipes for all you Easter leftovers, coming up in your inbox within the next few days.
For example, I’ll show you how to make award-winning Egg Salad with all those leftover hard-boiled eggs, as well as a Ham Salad that will make you swoon with joy. And a recipe for Hawaiian-style fried rice recipe that’s as addictive as it is filling, guaranteed to get you out of any dinner slump.
Keep an eye out, and until then, have the best, brightest Easter holiday ever. May your baskets be filled with chocolate bunnies, marshmallows, and only your favorite flavors of jellybeans!