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Easter Dinner Menu that includes ham, cheesy potatoes, broccoli salad, fruit salad and deviled eggs.

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One of my main goals with my website is to help make your life easier when it comes to cooking for your family, hosting dinner, or just being more comfortable in the kitchen. I’ve created this Easter Meal Plan with the hope that you can spend more time with your family on Easter, and less time in the kitchen! I’m offering a free grocery shopping list, and tips for making your Easter dinner ahead of time, so that everything comes together on time, without stress!

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What food do you eat on Easter Sunday?

Ham, chicken, and lamb are all thought of as traditional easter dinner items.  At our house, we always had a delicious baked ham for Easter dinner.  The menu items I have selected below are all traditional Easter Dinner Menu items that I grew up eating on Easter Sunday with my family.

We often ate “Easter Dinner” around lunchtime, just following our Sunday worship.  This  is an Easter menu that can be served for Easter lunch or Easter dinner.

Below is a fairly traditional Easter menu consisting of ham, cheesy potatoes, deviled eggs, fruit salad, and broccoli salad.

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How to Prepare Easter Dinner Ahead of Time; Step-by-step

While we all want to enjoy a nice Easter dinner, no one wants to spend the entire holiday in the kitchen cooking!  I chose this menu very purposefully to help you enjoy Easter dinner with your family while still preparing a feast your guests will love!

On Friday:
  • Boil your eggs.  Boil a dozen eggs and store them (unpeeled) in the refrigerator
  • Prep the broccoli salad. Cut and blanch your broccoli florets, cook and slice 8 slices of bacon, chop your red onion and almonds, and prepare the dressing.  Store the broccoli, bacon, red onion, almonds, and dressing each in separate containers in the refrigerator.
On Saturday:
  • Make the Deviled Eggs.  Prepare them as stated in the directions and store them covered with plastic wrap or in a covered container in the refrigerator!  They will stay fresh until Easter dinner.
  • Make the Cheesy Potatoes. To make the potatoes in advance make the recipe through step 4 (when the mixture is spread into a 9×13 inch baking dish). Store the baking dish, covered, in the fridge until Easter Sunday.
Easter morning:
  • Make Creamy Fruit Salad.  This should take just 10-15 minutes to throw together and needs to sit in the fridge for about 4 hours before serving.
  • Combine all Broccoli Salad ingredients. In a large bowl combine the broccoli, bacon, red onion, almonds, cranberries, and dressing.  Cover and store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  • Take the Ham out of the fridge. Allow the ham to come to room temperature, which could take about 1-2 hours. Doing so will make for a quicker warming time in the oven, which will ensure your ham doesn’t dry out.
2 hours before Easter dinnertime:
  • Make the Ham Glaze. Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan and stir until smooth. Reduce heat to low and simmer until thickened, with a syrup consistency.
  • Bake the Ham. Place the ham in a foil-lined roasting pan or deep baking dish. Brush a little of the glaze all over the outside of the ham. Cover it well with foil and bake at 300 degrees.
  • Bake the Cheesy Potatoes. Crush 2 cups of cornflakes cereal (I pour them in a ziplock bag and use my hands to crush them). Mix 4 tablespoons of melted butter with the cornflakes and sprinkle the mixture over the potatoes. Bake funeral potatoes in the oven for 40-50 minutes (you may need to cook them 10 minutes longer if they came straight out of the fridge) or until it’s bubbly and warmed through.
If you only have one oven:
  • If you are dealing with one oven, cook the funeral potatoes and ham at the same time.  Adjust the temperature to 350 degrees and put both the funeral potatoes and ham in the oven.  When the funeral potatoes are finished, check on the ham.  The goal with the ham is to heat it up (it will likely need a little longer than the potatoes). If the ham is warm when potatoes are done cooking, add the glaze to the ham and return it to the oven at 400 degrees for 15 minutes!
Easter dinner besides Ham:

Looking for something to serve besides ham for Easter dinner? Some of my other favorite entree’s for special occasions include:

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What about Dessert?  I’ve got dozens of great holiday dessert recipes but for Easter, I love to serve Chocolate Cadbury Egg Cookies, any type of pie, Vanilla Pound Cake,  or Chocolate Cake with Caramel Frosting.

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Welcome! I’m Lauren, a mom of four and lover of good food. Here you’ll find easy recipes and weeknight meal ideas made with real ingredients, with step-by-step photos and videos.

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  1. You are amazing , I love your meal plans in general but this is especially awesome how you laid out the organizational piece (my struggle !) to make life easier for what can be a busy holiday . Thank you thank you!

  2. Good afternoon Lauren. I am very grateful to you for this Easter meal plan. It is (& you are) an invaluable blessing to my family this year. I am just wondering about the Cheesy Potatoes. I will be doubling the recipe. I’m not sure if I should use two pans or bake it all in one large pan??? Also, should I increase the baking time with either of option? Thanks again. God Bless! Stephanie

    1. Thanks Stephanie! You could do either–use a very large casserole dish and add 10 minutes or more to the bake time, or split it between two pans.

  3. Hi Lauren! Thanks for putting together this awesome Easter dinner meal plan. I made it yesterday and everything turned out great! I’ve made many recipes from your site and they are all great! Thanks again!

  4. Thank you so much for this! Usually my mom makes Easter dinner, but I’m quarantined with my family of 4. I wanted to do something special but not have. to work too hard. This plan was SO EASY to follow and the food was delicious. Do you have any plans like this for Thanksgiving or Christmas?

  5. I may have missed it, but could you tell how many servings your Easter menu is for?
    Thank you so sorry much

  6. I am so thankful I have stumbled across this, but especially this year. We leave in Georgia and like most states are under a shelter in place order. Every year for Easter Sunday after church we have lunch (dinner here in the south) at my mom’s house with my siblings and their children, and of course after dinner we have our big Easter egg hunt. Oh, I am so going to miss it this year, but I have decided that I am going to have Easter Sunday Dinner for my little family of four! This Easter meal plan is our exact base menu – we usually also have pineapple casserole, baked beans, green beans, corn, homemade macaroni casserole, yeast rolls or angel biscuits, coconut cake with 7 minute frosting, and a pie or two. Of course I will not be having all of those wonderful dishes, but we will enjoy it. Can’t wait to try this ham! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter.

  7. Loving your meal plans and website! Let me know what I can do to help support this and keep the weeks’ plans coming.

    1. Thanks Carrie! Just using my recipes and making comments on them is all the support I need! Thank you and happy cooking!

  8. Thank you so much for reaching out during these scary times! I am grateful to know that you will stick to your traditions and I am looking forward to trying your recipes! They are always so well thought out and easy to follow, with so many options. I have so many cookbooks but they don’t “speak” to me across the miles (not even across the room!) our tried and true recipes that are a family tradition and family favorites! : ) !

  9. I’ve just found your site. I’m going to use some of your recipes and your plan ahead ideas for Easter dinner. I cook ok, but I usually feel so flustered, I’m happy to have a plan someone else has already figured out!