Easter is a celebration of spring and rebirth. We celebrate with family and friends by going to church, staging Easter Egg hunts, and of course eating delicious foods. So Easter dinner recipes and menus must be easy to make and fabulous.
Ham and lamb are traditional foods served for Easter dinner. And accompaniments should celebrate the new flavors of spring: asparagus, lemon, and fruits like raspberries and strawberries.
Plan your menu so hot and cold temperatures, sweet and savory flavors, and crisp and smooth textures are balanced. Set your table with your prettiest china, make sure you have tiny spring bouquets at each place setting, and enjoy your time together.
Easter Dinner Recipes and Menus
- Crockpot Ham Easter Dinner
All of the recipes in this easy yet sumptuous dinner can be made ahead of time, so there's no last minute flurry of activity. Just take the ham out of the crockpot, place the rest of the dishes on the table, and eat! The tender glazed ham is delicious, suave, spicy, and sweet, and the chiffon cake for dessert is a masterpiece.
- Classic Easter Dinner Menu
A tender and juicy bone-in ham is glazed with a spicy raspberry preserves mixture, then served with cheesy scalloped potatoes, tender asparagus, and perfect dinner rolls. A light and fluffy make ahead dessert finishes this dinner perfectly.
- Roasted Leg of Lamb Easter Dinner
A leg of lamb is boned then butterflied by your butcher, so it cooks perfectly in very little time. The rich meat is traditionally served with a mind sauce or mint jelly to help cut its unctuous nature. And simple side dishes keep the lamb the star of the menu.
- Crockpot Beef Roast Easter Dinner
This menu uses the crockpot to cook the main dish and all the side dishes. A savory pot roast is a great choice for Easter dinner, especially on a cold day. And the Chocolate Pecan Caramel Pie is a special and indulgent treat for the holiday.
- All-in-the-Crockpot Easter Dinner
All but one of these recipes are cooked in the crockpot. This is a good choice for Easter dinner where the weather is hot, because you don't have to heat up your kitchen. A tender ham glazed with a sweet and tart pineapple mixture is the centerpiece of this easy menu.
- Traditional Easter Dinner
This traditional menu is the one I serve when I host Easter dinner. The rich ham, super rich scalloped potatoes, and delicious pies are all perfect for this spring meal. I use my grandmother's pink Hutschenreuther china, some special crystal pink goblets I found at an antique store, and heavy silver.
- Alternative Easter Menus
For a smaller gathering, or if you don't want to make a ham or roast lamb, these quick and easy menus offer delicious recipes featuring roast pork, grilled scallops, and a delicious make-ahead ham filo roll.