Alternative Easter Menus

Ham Filo Roll
Ham Filo Roll. Linda Larsen

If you are feeding only a few people for Easter, or don't have the money or time to cook a whole ham, turn to these quick and easy recipes that make up some alternative Easter menus.

Easter is usually celebrated with a ham, potatoes, fruit salad, and dessert. But you can serve a roasted turkey or grilled steaks if you'd prefer. The point is to buy what looks good in the supermarket and think about using new and different recipes and foods to celebrate traditional holidays.

I always like to add some foods that are unique to spring, however, such as asparagus or some fresh berries.

Browse through these recipes and menus and start planning your Easter celebration. You can mix and match the recipes in these menus any way you'd like. And you can change the recipes too; just remember to write down the changes you make so you can reproduce the recipe at another time.

Have a wonderful holiday meal with family and friends. Set your table with beautiful china, stemware, and silver, and put a vase of fresh flowers in the center. Remember that Easter is a celebration of spring and new beginnings. Enjoy every bite.

Alternative Easter Menus

Grilled Easter Dinner

Start dreaming about summer by cooking Easter dinner on the grill. These easy recipes will let you enjoy the day with family and friends, especially if someone else in the gathering loves to grill and will take over.

Non-Traditional Easter Dinner

A beautiful filo dough roll filled with ham, rice, and vegetables is the centerpiece of this easy meal. All the recipes are easy, but all have special touches, like the asparagus served with the ingredients for Caesar salad dressing. Yum.

Crockpot Beef Roast Easter Dinner

A pot roast might not be traditional for Easter, but it sure is good.

This menu is especially appropriate when it's cold and rainy (or snowy!) outside. The entree and all of the side dishes, except the salad and the decadent dessert, are cooked in the crockpot.

All in the Crockpot Easter Dinner

Use your slow cooker to make a fabulously easy Easter dinner. Ham is wonderful in the slow cooker; it turns out tender and moist and juicy every single time. Artichoke Spinach Dip, a green bean casserole, and smashed potatoes all complement the ham beautifully and are all made in the crockpot. You will need three crockpots for this menu, but you should have that many anyway!