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Springtime is finally upon us and a favorite holiday to celebrate with family is Easter.  It brings back such wonderful childhood memories of coloring Easter Eggs then hunting them in the backyard.  Of course, the candy-filled eggs were the most exciting when you were younger.

But little might you think about the adults, especially the host of Easter dinner, cooking in the kitchen to make the most delicious Easter dinner for family and friends.

As an adult, you can appreciate the time and dedication to making such meals.  Let’s look at 16 of the most classic and delicious recipe ideas for the special Easter celebration.

Classic Glazed Ham

Easter recipe ideas

Glazed ham is always a fan favorite. It’s the classic dish that many families serve during Easter, and it can be cooked in a variety of delicious ways.   The glaze is what makes it unique.  There are variations of pineapple, apricot, peach, and honey. 

Foodnetwork.com has a fantastic Classic Glazed Ham recipe that you can use.  Give it a shot and see how you like it!

Scalloped Potatoes

Easter potato recipes

Scalloped potatoes are a holiday favorite and can be enjoyed during any major holiday with family.  Scalloped potatoes make a great side dish and pair nicely with steamed vegetables such as broccoli, carrots, or green beans.

The creaminess and cheesiness of this dish always make it a favorite that you can’t do without.

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Carrot Cake

Easter Carrot Cake Recipes

What Easter recipe list would be complete without some dessert?  Carrot cake is at the top of the list, one of the most popular Easter desserts on the menu.  The sweet taste of pecans, carrots, and raisins covered in a lovely, decadent frosting makes this Easter recipe hard to pass up.

Easter Prime Rib

Easter Prime Rib Recipe

Look no further than prime rib if you’re looking for a fancy, eye-popping main dish to serve at Easter.  The succulent and juicy flavors will melt in your mouth and leave you satisfied when your guests leave the dinner table.  Make sure to have the traditional horseradish served at the table for those of your guests who want an extra kick with this classic dish.

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Garlic Rosemary Pork Roast

Pork roast recipes for Easter

Pork roast is another popular main dish to serve for Easter dinner.  Find one of your favorite recipes to follow, or try this recipe from Delish to make their rosemary pork loin roast.

Braised Lamb Shank

Easter lamb recipes

Easter wouldn’t be traditional without some lamb.  Braised lamb is a fantastic choice as a main dish, and you can serve it with virtually anything.  Lamb shanks can typically be tricky if you don’t cook them correctly; it’s safest to cook them slow and on low heat to get the fall-off-the-bone effect once they are finished.

In this Delish braised lamb shank recipe, they cook the lamb in tomato sauce, wine, and butter.  It doesn’t get more delicious than that!

Roasted Carrot Coins

Easter vegetable recipes

You will need to have a variety of side dishes to serve with your main meat dish.  Steamed and sauteed vegetables in spring colors round out a dinner to form an eye-appealing complete meal.  This roasted carrot coin recipe by Weelicious.com is a great way to add some color to your table.

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Egg and Bacon Bunnies

Easter appetizer ideas

We couldn’t help but include this on the list of Easter recipes.  Since you will likely be entertaining family and friends, you’ll need to have some appetizers to tie people over as they wait for dinner. 

Simple is always best, and these bacon and egg appetizers work wonders for larger crowds!

Bunny Oreo Balls

Easter dessert ideas

Bunny Oreo Balls, oh my!  These cute little taste-bud pleasers will be the talk of your family gathering.  They are sweet, adorable, and delightful to sink your teeth into.  Your family will ask you if you bought them or made them yourself because they look like something a professional bakery would make. 

Easter Dessert Kabobs

Dessert recipe ideas for Easter

It’s always fun to create a dessert that is inspired from the real thing.  In this case, Inspired By Charm creates this holiday dessert with kabob-inspired shapes and brings it to life with vibrant colors and loads of sugary ingredients including coconut, chocolate and jelly beans.  

You can also buy the individual sweets and assemble them together on wooden kabob skewers to make it easier.  Either way, they are sure to delight your guests!

Fried Mac and Cheese Balls

Easter appetizers

Macaroni and cheese is a classic dish that most everyone enjoys from time to time.  As kids, you might have eaten the traditional macaroni in cheese that comes in a box, but the gourmet macaroni and cheese probably has become more appealing as you've gotten older.

These fried macaroni and cheese balls are a fun Easter party appetizer that everyone loves. You can find the recipe at www.aheadofmythyme.com.

Easter Bunny Spinach Dip

Best easter appetizers

This Easter appetizer recipe is a holiday twist on the classic spinach dip recipe we know and love. Using crescent dinner rolls, you can easily shape the dough into balls then place them in the shape of a bunny to enclose the scrumptious spinach dip.  Fun and always delicious!

Easter Egg Cheese Ball

Best easter recipes

Cheese balls are always easy when you need to come up with something quick for a get-together. This Easter cheese ball incorporates walnuts, dried cranberries, and parsley to create a colorful egg effect.

Easter Egg Fruit Pizza

Easter salads for dinner

For those of your guests who love fruit, this refreshing and colorful platter looks amazing on your Easter table and will impress your guests with its elegant style and fancy put-together look. 

Veggie Carrot Easter Platter

Cute Easter appetizers

For those in your family at Easter who may be vegetarians, this quick and easy carrot platter has an Easter twist because it’s a carrot made from carrots and broccoli. How clever and cute will that look on your dinner table?

Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Bites

Easter appetizer recipes with bacon

A holiday party isn’t complete without something wrapped in bacon.  These mouthwatering, savory bites of chicken and bacon are excellent for your Easter holiday gathering. 

Conclusion

The above Easter recipes give you some ideas and inspiration for what you can serve for any family gathering.  Hopefully, by including some appetizers and desserts, it will provide you with the bigger picture of the number of possibilities for food for the Easter holidays.

We would love to hear from you in the comments below if you have any great Easter recipes!

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