Easter Menu Recipe Roundup
May 19, 2019
Holiday menus can be so fun, but they can also feel overwhelming! I’ve rounded up my favorite recipes for pulling off the ultimate (yet still simple) Easter feast. I grew up in a home where we always had a Honey Baked Ham (my favorite is from Ina Garten) at the centerpiece and all of the cooking was focused on delicious sides and desserts. That’s the tradition I’ve carried on as well!
This is the perfect appetizer to kick things off for Easter dinner. It’s vibrant, bright, and can be prepped in advance. There’s a dip for everyone and a variety of veggies to nosh on while you catch up with family and friends.
I think I’ve made this recipe every Easter in recent memory. I love the bright acidic flavors and love that it’s another way to enjoy asparagus rather than roasting it. Which is also delicious, but just a bit more expected.
The world’s easiest side dish that always seems to please a crowd. With its bright green color and nutty flavor, these beans are always a hit when I entertain.
Indulgent potatoes seem to go hand in hand with the holidays. This is another one of those dishes that I always expect on Easter. I love using my Japanese mandolin for getting the potato disks just the right thickness.
If you need to free up oven or stove space, whip out your Instant Pot. Smashed Potatoes is the perfect thing to make in this handy appliance.
You can’t have Easter without carrots and this is my favorite way to prepare them. Look for the “rainbow carrots” for an even more impressive presentation. I always get mine at Trader Joes.
This is one of my favorite recipes from “Kitchen Confidence.” I literally crave the candied bacon! If you make any recipe from this lineup, make this one!
Mac + Cheese is always a crowd pleaser and holiday gatherings. No one complains about it being served alongside all of the other traditional dishes. In fact, I dare to resist not adding homemade Mac + Cheese to your plate when it’s offered!
An oldie but a goodie! This recipe was featured in one of the first episodes of Kelsey’s Essentials. It’s an easier take on risotto made with orzo. The lemon, basil, and peas are all perfectly spring-y ingredients for the occasion.
Homemade bread is another one of those things that is absolutely necessary on Easter. This is my favorite roll recipe. It’s classic and always turns out beautifully.
Icebox cake is one of my favorites. It’s cool, refreshing, and really fun to make. Layered wafer cookies with almond whipped cream and berries…what more could you ask for?!
I love serving Carmelitas with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of salted caramel sauce. It’s my go-to when I’m stumped for dessert!