Easter Menu Ideas 2024

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If you’re on the hunt for Easter menu ideas, look no further. This blog post features 20+ ideas and links to side dishes, main meals, desserts, drinks, and so much more. Happy Easter indeed!

Plate of baked ham (Easter menu ideas)

Easter is big doings in the South. I’m not sure if it is as big elsewhere because, well, I’ve never been anywhere but the South on Easter morning. We wake up early on Easter Sunday to find what Easter eggs and other treats the Easter Bunny have left us, head off to church, and then to my mother’s house for a wonderful meal and an afternoon of fun. Our spread for Easter is almost as big as it is for Christmas so I like to plan ahead and have most of the work done ahead of time, leaving me time to enjoy the day.

Today I’m bringing you a long list of Easter menu ideas. This post contains recipes for side dishes, dinner rolls, main courses, desserts, and beverages! Just click on the link below each picture to be taken to the recipe. I’m also going to tell you beneath each recipe how far ahead I assemble the dishes in case you want to streamline your Easter as well. This leaves you spending less time in the kitchen and more time with your family, which is what we all want, right? 

From The Southern Plate family to yours, we hope you have a wonderful Easter and enjoy a delicious Easter feast!

Easter Menu Ideas

Side Dishes

Plate of deviled eggs.

Deviled Eggs: A Keto-Friendly Southern Classic

You gotta have at LEAST one deviled egg tray at Easter because they are so good.

Can make two to three days ahead of time.

Easter menu ideas: Dinner rolls (a.k.a Preston rolls).

Homemade Dinner Rolls (a.k.a Preston Rolls)

For an extra special treat, serve these dinner rolls drizzled with honey!

Make the day of the meal.

Bowl of homemade mashed potatoes.

Homemade Mashed Potatoes with Evaporated Milk

No list of Easter menu ideas is complete without mashed potatoes. My MeMe’s mashed potatoes with evaporated milk simply melt in your mouth. For something different, opt for a serving of mashed sweet potato instead.

Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole

Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole (Cracker Barrel Copycat Version)

Creamy, cheesy comfort food. What more could you want? This is also a great option for Easter brunch.

You can assemble both of these the day before your Easter meal. Bake the casserole in the oven just before serving and reheat the mashed potatoes in the microwave.

French's green bean casserole

French’s Green Bean Casserole

When it comes to Southern side dishes, green bean casserole is a classic I serve with every Easter dinner. This recipe features a rich creamy sauce, crunchy fresh green beans, and French’s crispy fried onions on top. 

Assemble up to 24 hours in advance then add the crispy onions before baking on the day.

Macaroni Salad

Macaroni Salad

Mama and Grandmama are ga-ga over this salad!

Served cold like a potato salad, you can make it two days ahead of time.

Spoonful of broccoli and bacon salad.

Rhyming Broccoli Salad With Bacon and Raisins

I love this stuff, my Daddy loves this stuff, my Mama loves this stuff, and my Grandmama loves this stuff. I call it a taste and texture explosion, as it’s simultaneously creamy, crunchy, sweet, and savory. You don’t want to miss adding this to your Easter menu.

Make up to three days ahead of time.

Bowl of mac and cheese.

Oven-Baked Mac and Cheese

This mac and cheese recipe is a Southern Plate favorite and a family favorite. We have to have this every year at Easter or the men and children will disown us. There are multiple mac and cheese recipes on Souther Plate, including cauliflower mac and cheese and crockpot mac and cheese too.

Make the day of the meal.

Close-up of grilled asparagus on plate.

Grilled Asparagus

One of the first vegetables of spring is asparagus, so popping some asparagus on the grill is one of the most popular vegetable side dishes to add to your Easter menu.

candied carrots

Candied Carrots

What should you serve alongside the grilled asparagus? A serving of candied carrots, of course. Two great Easter sides you can quickly prepare the day of your Easter dinner.

Bowl of pinto beans and ham.

Pinto Beans and Ham

This is a great and easy-to-make Southern side dish (or main meal). It’s also the perfect dish to whip up the day after Easter with the leftover ham bone. YUM.

Easter Main Meals

Fork picking up piece of baked ham.

Baked Ham with Easy Peasy Brown Sugar Glaze

When it comes to Easter menu ideas, the most important Easter recipe is of course baked ham. An Easter ham is a must on any Southern dinner table. I particularly love this glaze recipe as it only includes 4 simple ingredients.

Bake the glazed ham the day before and reheat.

Mama's chicken poulet on white plate

Mama’s Chicken Poulet (or Chicken Chicken)

In case you’re not in the mood for ham, here is a chicken main dish alternative that is assembled the night before and baked just before serving. Another option is a simple roasted chicken.

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.

Easter Dessert Recipes

Impossible Lemon Pie

Impossible Lemon Pie Recipe

This is the MUST HAVE pie each Easter and one of the easiest pies you’ll ever bake (I promise).

Can make up to two days ahead of time.

Fresh Strawberry Pie (Easter menu dessert ideas)

Fresh Strawberry Pie

Celebrate Easter with fresh strawberry pie. 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! I also have recipes on Southern Plate for strawberry Jello pie and strawberry cream pie. Pick your poison!

Bananas in Red Stuff

Banans in Red Stuff

What a delightful dessert! Serve it as a side salad along with the meal if you like.

Make no more than one day ahead of time.

Old-fashioned coconut cake slice (Easter menu dessert ideas)

Grandmama’s Coconut Cake With No-Fail 7-Minute Frosting

This is my Daddy’s favorite cake for Christmas and Easter. Some folks around here call it “rotten cake” because it is so good you want folks to think it’s rotten and keep it all to yourself!

Can make it three days ahead of time.

Carrot Cake Blondies

Carrot Cake Blondies

One of the most popular Easter recipes, instead of a traditional carrot cake, why not try these delicious carrot cake blondies?

They can be made and stored in the fridge up to 3 days in advance.

Plate of Easter cream cheese mints (Easter menu ideas).

Cream Cheese Mints

How cute are these Easter-inspired cream cheese mints? They’re the perfect Easter sweet treat or snack.

Cream cheese mints will last up to 14 days when stored in the fridge, so you can definitely make these ahead of time.

Easter Drinks Menu

watermelonade (Easter menu drink ideas)

Finally, here are some recommendations for drinks to add to your Easter menu. Firstly, it’s not Easter in the South without sweet tea, of course. Other refreshing drink options include watermelonade and fresh strawberryade.

More Easter Treats

Before you go, you might want to check out these other blog posts. Here are 15 recipes that use leftover ham and fun kid-friendly Easter activities (plus even more Easter recipes). Have a great Easter, folks.

Spring is nature’s way of saying,

“Let’s party!”

~Robin Williams

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  1. I’ve made a couple of these before (why make just one when the pie shells come in a 2 pak?) and they were just like Shoney’s Strawberry Pies. Now I’m on a low calorie diet and I’m craving your pie recipe. Why yes, I made 2 again…everything the same BUT I used 1 cup of Ideal sugar (also your suggestion and I love this stuff, use the brown sugar too!) and 1 small box of Great Value sugar free strawberry gelatin….well double both of those cause I made two. I can’t taste a difference! And I used 1 pound of strawberries per pie and my pie crust has 100 calories for 1/8 of a 9 inch pie. So, if you eat 1/8 of the pie it’s only 157 calories a slice! So I can have my pie and my whipped topping (spray can kind is normally lower in calories) and I am just happier than a puppy with two tails!

  2. I made your English pea pimento casserole for the first time and it was a big hit. My sister and I decided it will be an annual addition to the family’s official Easter menu! (Your picture was helpful too – I might have passed the pea casserole by because of the creamy potato “must have” — but you showed both so I decided to go with it!) Thank you.

  3. Christy, I use Splenda also, but did not know there is a generic Splenda. whery do you find this product?

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