I wanted to share with y’all my favorite Southern Plate recipes that my family will be enjoying as we all get together this Sunday to celebrate Easter. This day is BIG DOINGS in the South and I can hardly wait to get into the kitchen and get to cooking!
Anytime I am cooking at a big scale for a lot of people, I try to make as much as I can ahead of time so I have a clean kitchen and am free to enjoy my family and guests on the big day, so within this post I’ll let you know how far ahead I assemble these dishes in case you want to streamline your Easter as well!
I start with desserts, eventually get to salads, rolls, main courses, and of course, beverages!
This is the MUST HAVE pie each Easter. While store bought ones are all good and well, anyone can make this homemade version in about the same amount of time it would take you to go buy one at the grocery store and I can guarantee you the reviews will make your efforts more than worth it!
A lemon meringue pie unlike any other! (Click the name to view a full photographic tutorial and get the recipe!)
*You can make up to two days ahead of time.
I love this pie so much, Mama always makes two so she can send one home with me! She told me this morning that she’s making them later this week for Sunday! WEEE!
*Can make up to two days ahead of time.
You gotta have at LEAST one tray of deviled eggs at Easter because they are so good … Often times the kids will run into the kitchen and grab one to snack on. I can’t be mad ’cause at least they’re gettin’ some protein!
I love to serve them in a pretty dish to make it extra fun!
*Can make two to three days ahead of time.
This is my personal roll recipe and I just love them. If you are serving ham, they make the best sandwiches with leftover pieces. It just isn’t a holiday without a warm fluffy roll on your plate! I love to serve mine with Kerrygold butter.
*Make these fresh the day of the meal
You either love or hate coconut, and around here we LOVE coconut cake! We’ve even been known to call it”Rotten cake” because it is sooooo good you want folks to think it’s rotten and keep it all to yourself!
*Can make three days ahead of time
There is always someone that is outraged if this dish doesn’t make it to the table! It also heats up fabulously if you happen to have any leftovers!
*Assemble the day before and bake just before meal
This recipe uses frozen green beans but makes them taste garden fresh! The crispy bacon just adds a little bit of extra crunch and flavor that can’t be beat!
*Can make now and freeze, reheating day of the meal. Or, make two days ahead of time, store in fridge, and heat in microwave.
Mama and Grandmama are ga-ga over this salad! I love having this on hand for the littles because it’s so soft and easy for them to eat with their little mouths!
*Can make two days ahead of time.
This is just a classic congealed salad but it’s also fun because you can change the color and flavor just by using different flavors of gelatin. I love to serve them in a pretty dish.
*Can make three days ahead of time.
I love this stuff. Daddy loves this stuff. Mama loves this stuff. Grandmama loves this stuff….oh yeah, and did I say bacon?
*Can make three days ahead of time.
You got a ham, so now what do you do with it? This post shows you how to easily bake a ham and then offers yummy (and easy ) ideas for the leftovers! The brown sugar glaze is divine and will surely win you over!
*Can bake day before and reheat.
We have to have this every year at Easter or the men and children will disown us. This is one of Southern Plate’s most popular recipes of all time and for good reason! Ooey Gooey cheee with a bit of oven baked crispness on top. It is definitely a keeper.
*Make day of meal
Mama’s Chicken Poulet (or Chicken chicken!)
In case you’re not in the mood for ham, here is a chicken recipe that is assembled the night before and baked just before serving.
Wait a minute, why wouldn’t you be in the mood for ham? ~blinks~ Well on the off chance ya are, here ya go!
*This recipe must be assembled the night before and baked just before the meal.
Every meal, without question 🙂
I make mine with Splenda.
*We always make tea fresh every day.
This is such a treat, especially for your guests who are watching their sugar! So easy to whip up and such a treat!
*Can make two days ahead of time
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