A Southern Easter Dinner Menu

There are so many things that I love about Easter! I view Easter Sunday as really being the kick-off to Spring. Everyone whips out their bright, warm weather outfits, which look perfect against a background of blooming flowers and green lawns. The whole scene just screams "Spring"! I love that the whole family comes together, both my kinfolk and church family. Most of all, I love what Easter truly stand for: hope, grace and renewal. 

My Easter always consists of a nice church service, then watching the kids hunt eggs in the church yard directly afterwards, followed by a family lunch at our home. I always look forward to planning and plotting the lunch - selecting the dishes, spending the evening before cooking, trying to find things that I know everyone would love and enjoy. I've done it for years now and I never get tired of it! 

 The family chowing down on Easter dinner, 2016

The family chowing down on Easter dinner, 2016

In honor of that Easter tradition, I want to share with you a "sample" menu! This includes a medley of dishes I've actually made over the years. I have some of these recipes written down in a recipe book, but a lot I have been able to find online and pin for easy access - I'm sharing the recipes in that format so you can pin to your own boards and use these recipes if you so wish! 

Honey Baked Ham

 

We have made this ham for the last couple of years, and it is always a hit! The juices and sugar create a yummy crust, and it's the perfect melding of sweet and salty. Yum! 

Squash Casserole

 

Creamy, buttery, and oh so yummy! 

Southern Green Beans

 

I usually make these types of beans in a crockpot. Sometimes I substitute ham pieces for bacon, and I usually do not include potatoes. Either way, as long as you don't burn them or go crazy with the salt, these are fool proof! 

Broccoli Salad 

 

Forever a year round hit, everyone loves it! I usually omit the raisins. 

Hashbrown Casserole

 

It's not a true Southern meal without a starchy side dish! Hashbrown casserole is SOOOOOO good! We usually either throw in a potato dish [even if it's Bob Evan's microwaveable mashed potatoes, which are really good] OR some homemade macaroni and cheese

Deviled Eggs

 

Is it really a "big dinner" without a simple deviled egg? Is it just our family? If always having deviled eggs is wrong, I don't want to be right! 

Parker House Rolls

 

I could write this post and LIE and say that I make rolls from scratch - but that would just not be very Easter-y of me! These are my very favorite frozen rolls that I always whip out.

Watergate Salad

 

This is my sister Lindsey's favorite Easter dessert, watergate salad. It is delightfully sweet and refreshing, and has a beautiful pastel color that just screams Spring! 

Easy Coconut Cake

 

I have made A LOT of different yummy variations of this cake over the years. The best ones I have found include saturating the cake in cream of coconut. Despite what I know to be an enormous calorie count, the sweet goodness of coconut has to be savored at least once per year, and Easter seems like the perfect time! 

What are some of your favorite Easter and Spring recipes? I would love to know in the comments!