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After all, Easter is the ultimate potluck holiday. 

Gillie Houston
March 26, 2018

While holiday meal-prep is typically a stressful affair, unlike some of the more formal family holidays, Easter tends to be a flexible, crowd-friendly event. Whether you plan to celebrate with a blowout brunch or a festive dinner, the best part about the chocolate egg-filled holiday is that it can be easily adapted to potluck form.  

Easter is the ideal pot-lucking holiday because unlike Thanksgiving and Christmas—which tend to require some time-consuming kitchen prep, careful bird monitoring, and major cleanup—it is both family-oriented and casual, with an emphasis on fun, satisfying, and unstuffy dishes.

Whether you’re hosting or attending this year’s Easter festivities, personally making these dishes or assigning them out to friends and family, the following party-sized recipes will help you plan and execute the best potluck ever.

Brunch

Easter is the ultimate brunching holiday, when family and friends can gather post-egg hunt to dig into a variety of home-style dishes. For those who ring in the holiday with a big, basket-filled brunch, it’s all about finding the balance between sweet and savory to create a meal that’s altogether totally delicious.

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Casse-role With It:

Casseroles are king of the potluck, and for good reason. Simple-to-prep, family-sized, and easily stowed overnight and heated up in the morning, casseroles are guaranteed to make your meal prep a million times less stressful. Even though this classic dish has been around since the dawn of potlucking, that doesn’t mean your egg offerings have to feel stuffy or outdated. 

With dressed up versions of the classic breakfast casserole like a Spinach Bacon and Gruyere Breakfast Strata, Creamy Brioche and Egg Bake, or even a Chilaquiles Casserole, none of your guests will question the modernity of your menu. To satisfy your sweet tooth, give these Easy French Toast Casserole and Marmalade French Toast Casserole recipes a try. 

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Thinking Outside of the Casserole:

If you’re ready to step out of the casserole zone with some recipes that will still feed a crowd, wow your guests with Eggs in the Garden Breakfast Tart, Saucy Skillet Poached Eggs, or Chicken and Waffles with Kicky Syrup.

On the sweeter side, this Dutch Baby with Strawberries and Pistachios, Chocolate Buckwheat Waffles with Juicy Berries, or Easter Bunny approved Carrot Cake Pancakes will do the trick.

Dinner

If your family prefers to celebrate the holiday with an evening feast, it’s more than possible to create a meal that feels special and satisfying while still maintaining the ease of a potluck. These dishes will fulfill your craving for a more traditional family-style holiday meal in an easy-to-prep and portable way.

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Break back out your casserole dish and create some easy make-ahead sides like

Home-style Green Bean Casserole and Sweet Potato Casserole with Crunchy Oat Topping. Then, round out your sides with a simple Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad and some classic Deviled Eggs or even these Buttery Deviled Eggs with radishes.

Slow Cooker Wins:

It’s no secret that the slow cooker can be your best friend when it comes to preparing a family-sized feast that requires minimal time and oversight. Take advantage of your countertop BFF with these recipes for Slow Cooker Sweet Potatoes with Bacon, Cornbread Dressing, Slow Cooked Collared Greens, and some Extra-Cheesy Mac and Cheese for the little ones (we won’t tell if you also sneak some onto your plate).

Round out your potluck spread with the main event: a classic Easter ham like this Honeycomb Spiral Ham, or a Roasted Leg of Lamb with Lemon-Herb Salt, and your spring feast will be complete. 

Something Sweet

As Easter is ultimately a sugar lover’s holiday, naturally there should be a solid spread of sweets at any kind of Easter celebration. Though there will likely be no shortage of foil-covered chocolate eggs to unwrap at the end—or beginning, or middle—of your meal, these recipes will help you conclude your feasting on a sweet note.

Photo: Gina DeSimone; Prop Styling: Kashara Johnson; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Fully embrace the Easter theme with the help of some Layered Peeps Crispy Treats or a Cadbury Mini Egg Skillet Cookie. Or, diversify your dessert spread with the help of a classic Strawberry Cake with Strawberry Buttercream Frosting, Robin's Egg Malt CupcakesCarrot-Zucchini Cake with Coconut-Cream Cheese Frosting, an Easter Candy Snack Cake, or a Banana Upside-Down Pancake Cake, which are all both totally satisfying and hefty enough to feed a hungry crowd… and maybe even a bunny or two. 

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