Traditional Easter Dinner

Spring dinner table
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This is the menu I make when it's my turn to host Easter dinner. You can see a lot of the recipes in Traditional Easter Dinner, Step by Step. It's classic and simply perfect.

The ham is perfectly glazed, and the scalloped potatoes served with it are super rich and creamy. My Grandmother's Parker House Rolls are a must at every celebration and go perfectly with this menu. They are a bit tricky to make, but the end result is so worth it.

There is nothing better than those rolls; they are light and airy with the best flavor. Roasted asparagus and a frozen fruit salad round out this wonderful meal. For dessert, the best lemon meringue pie in the world is a wonderful end to this springtime meal. I also like to serve some fabulous brownies, for contrast and because people love them so much.

Set the table using your best china and crystal, and be sure to decorate the place settings with flowers. I like to put a couple of flower buds in tiny vases at each place setting; in fact, you can use those vases as place cards. Open the windows if it's a nice day outside, and if it's cold and rainy (or snowy, which has been known to happen), build a fire in the fireplace.

Then enjoy the meal with family and friends. Take time over dinner to talk and laugh, and savory every bite. Happy Easter!

Traditional Easter Dinner

  • Sour Cream Pesto Dip
    This dip can be served with everything from crackers to crisp bread sticks to baby carrots, mushrooms, and celery. Put it in a pretty bowl on a platter to serve.
  • Honey Butter Ham
    This beautiful ham is coated with a mixture of butter, honey, brown sugar, and mustard. The whole cloves make it look beautiful and add a spicy taste.
  • Potatoes Grand Mere
    This perfect recipe is just the thing to complement the tender ham. It's rich and creamy and delicious and very indulgent.
  • Parker House Rolls
    These rolls set the gold standard for me - and for many of you too! Be sure to follow the directions carefully for best results.
  • Roasted Asparagus
    Asparagus really starts to appear in the markets at this time. Roasting the tender spears brings out their flavor and gives them a wonderful texture.
  • My Sister's Lemon Meringue Pie
    This is the best Lemon Meringue Pie ever, and my sister makes it better than anybody in the world. Including me.