25+ Grandma-Approved Easter Dinner Recipes
Sometimes it's best to get back to basics for the holidays. This Easter Sunday, instead of trying to incorporate all the newest fancy food fads into your dinner spread, reach for those tried-and-true vintage recipes that have stood the test of time, Easter after Easter. From glazed ham and deviled eggs to scalloped potatoes and coconut cake, these classic Easter recipes are delicious, hearty, and sure to make Grandma proud.
It's hard to get more retro than this eye-catching pineapple-glazed ham studded with sweet maraschino cherries.
Classic Deviled Eggs
Deviled eggs never go out of style, and this classic recipe for deviled eggs is one that every cook should master. Plus, they're the perfect way to enjoy all those hardboiled eggs you dyed with the kids!
Hot Cross Buns
With less heft and more flavor and fluff, these delicate Hot Cross Buns deserve attention all year long. A hint of warm spices balances a sweet glaze to finish off these Easter rolls.
Crockpot Funeral Potatoes
Keep Easter preparations easy by harnessing the power of your slow cooker. Our take on Crock Pot Funeral Potatoes couldn’t be easier—you simply make it and walk away for a few hours. It’s a classic, rib-sticking, cheesy sour cream potato dish that sure to please, or at least satisfy, a crowd. If you’re feeling adventurous, you could any condensed “Cream Of” soup, as well as any 12-ounce combination of melting cheeses.
Best Green Bean Casserole
The magic of this green bean casserole comes from making your own cream of mushroom soup, which is really a super-mushroomy, creamy, thick sauce that turns into a rich, flavorful coating for perfectly-cooked fresh green beans in the oven. Use as many fried onions as feels right to you—they’re one of the most important parts of this dish!
Garlic-and-Herb-Crusted Leg of Lamb
This leg of lamb is perfectly juicy in the center, with a fantastic crust. The recipe is so easy that it's ideal for a dinner party, as well as for Easter.
Even the Easter bunny is sure to love this flavorful way to prepare his favorite root veggie.
Classic Baked Macaroni and Cheese
Get back to basics with this made-from-scratch macaroni and cheese recipe that proves delicious, homemade macaroni and cheese is worth tossing the box mix. Grandma will love it.
Fruity Gelatin Mold
Give a nod to both vintage gelatin salads and fresh spring strawberries with this brightly colored salad mold.
Green Beans with Bacon
This simple side is a classic crowd-pleaser. Toss cooked green beans with sauteed shallots, lemon juice, salt, and pepper, and top with crumbled bacon.
Layered Carrot Cake
The star of this classic carrot layer cake is the thick sweetened cream frosting that you spread between the cake layers and on the top and sides of the cake. The cake gets extra sweetness from the addition of crushed pineapple to the batter.
Italian Easter Bread
Our Italian Easter Bread is the perfect centerpiece for your Easter brunch. The bread is sweet, almost like challah or a sweet roll dough without cinnamon, while the orange glaze adds some bright flavor. Meanwhile, the dyed eggs add pops of color and will impress both kids and adults.
Rich and creamy scalloped potatoes is a classic vintage side that's perfect for a traditional Easter meal. Bake until cheese is melted and the casserole is hot and bubbly.
For this bourbon-y, brown sugar-glazed ham recipe, choose a bone-in half-ham, brined with natural juices. Leaving a thin layer of fat after trimming amps up the flavor and keeps the meat moist.
Spring Peas with Pancetta
Accent the fresh flavor of spring peas with chopped pancetta, onion, garlic, and parsley in this simple Easter side dish that pairs well with both ham and lamb.
This sweet casserole, featuring--wait for it--pineapple and shredded cheese, is straight out of the local church potluck playbook. We altered this traditional casserole to balance out the sweetness, allowing the pineapple and cheese to really shine. The intense flavor makes it an ideal side dish for baked ham.
Homemade Dinner Rolls
Soft, tender, pillowy, and buttery. What's not to love? Once you go homemade, it's hard to go back to store-bought dinner rolls.
Asparagus is the quintessential springtime vegetable and a favorite feature at Easter meals. Plus, it's just so easy to prepare! The sauce in this recipe, reminiscent of deviled eggs, makes an elegant accompaniment for asparagus.
Ambrosia Fruit Salad
Whether you consider it a salad, side dish, or dessert, ambrosia is a holiday classic. It's quick and easy to make and can sit overnight if you like.
This classic coconut cake features a homemade frosting made from sugar, lemon juice, egg whites, vanilla extract, and shredded coconut.
Herb-Roasted Boneless Leg of Lamb
Look for a roughly 5-lb. boneless leg of lamb rolled in netting; no need to unroll and retie. Roast in the netting, and then remove it with kitchen shears.
Southern-Style Potato Salad
This classic and creamy potato salad goes well with ham, lamb, and just about any other favorite Easter side dish. Prepare the day before and refrigerate to allow the flavors to marry and to save yourself time in the kitchen on Easter Sunday.
Lemon Curd Pound Cake
Brush homemade pound cake--maybe the ultimate vintage dessert--with a decadent Lemon Curd for a citrusy, springtime cake that's as delicious as it is gorgeous.
Macaroni Salad with Bacon, Peas, and Creamy Dijon Dressing
This macaroni salad gets a coating of tangy dressing which contrasts well with the smoky bacon, sweet bell pepper, and red onion.
Classic Chess Pie
If you've got baking staples in your kitchen, then you probably have everything you need for a classic chess pie. This old-fashioned pie typically has two distinctive ingredients, cornmeal and vinegar, plus other on-hand ingredients such as sugar, flour, eggs, milk and vanilla. This version is made easy with the use of refrigerated pie crusts.