Easter Dinner Menu Planner

Easter dinner is one of my favorite meals all year. In order to help out all the other fellow menu planning nerds, I took the Ultimate Easter Dinner Menu Planner from last year and updated it with lots of recent favorites. It’s new and improved and full of fabulous, refreshing, out of this world yummy recipes for Easter dinner dining. I’ve also got your back when it comes to recipes for breakfast/brunch and leftovers, if you happen to get that far.

For our little family, I’ve already narrowed it down to a pretty classic menu: Sweet Baked Ham (if you haven’t had this, it’s seriously life changing), Chantilly Potatoes (I only eat these one time a year and look forward to it every single day for 12 months), my favorite Spinach Salad with Sweet-Spicy Nuts, easy Skillet Green Beans, Buttery Cornmeal Crescent Rolls, and Unbelievable Carrot Cake for dessert (but only because we just had that amazing swirled Carrot Bundt Cake a few weeks ago), although it was a close tie with the Glazed Lemon Yogurt Sheet Cake.

Easter breakfast is also kind of a big deal around here so I think I’m going for the Lemon Sticky Buns this year with Rollup Blender Pancakes (since I just stocked the freezer with homemade strawberry jam) and some baked eggs (from here; we had them at Christmas time and they were super delicious – I add 1 tablespoon cream to each egg and just a pinch of kosher, coarse salt – about 13 minutes was perfection).

Ok, get to it! Happy menu planning!
{Remember the menu right below here is clickable to take you to a specific area, otherwise, feel free to scroll and peruse to your heart’s delight.}


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20 Responses to Easter Dinner Favorites + Menu Planner

  1. Jana says:

    Happy Easter! I made your spinach strawberry salad (that combo rocked my socks right off… and with that dressing… nom…), your slow cooker maple brown sugar ham, your cheesy cauliflower bake, your fruit salad, along with one of your recipes for cinnamon rolls for breakfast this morning. We all feel a lot better about our lives. Thank you so much. It was a beautiful day made even better by all of that amazing food. As a side note, but my husband made a comment that went something like this: “Yeah, I love scalloped potatoes. I really love them. But I’d take this cauliflower over those any time.” Say what?! That’s mighty impressive. Mel for the win!! 🙂

  2. Liz says:

    Not sure which potatoes I will make, but I DID make the Sweet Baked Ham and like the close to 200 commenters on the recipe post … good golly!!! I am not a “glazed ham for dinner” person at all, but I do love shredded meat for sandwiches, etc. and the photos plus the sale prices this week…anyway, made it and my freezer is stocked at nearly $3/pound less than what I pay for deli-ham on sale so I am doubly happy!

    Happy Easter Mel and family!

  3. Michelle says:

    Hi Mel, my daughter is on your site making one of your cakes for tomorrow, and I am here for your potatoes! Thank you for your great recipes!

  4. camilla says:

    Thank you for planning my Easter menu! Everything I am making for my family is from this post. 🙂 I have been a big fan for a while now and EVERYTHING I have made from your site quickly becomes our new favorite. Thank you for helping me to enjoy the never-ending task of feeding my family!

  5. Mollee says:

    I just found your blog and wowza! In just looking at the Easter desserts alone, I believe we are kindred spirits. Thanks for the yummy recipes from those like me who must have recipes to cook!

  6. Kelsey says:

    Yum! I made your sweet baked ham at Christmas and it is, hands down, the best ham I have ever had! The ham and sweet potato hash is always a must for leftovers. Delish!! Thanks Mel!

  7. Oh my heavens—–What a delightful idea! I am a lemon nut. My boss is a lemon nut.
    I see a raise in my future! I love this recipe!

  8. Rebecca says:

    Thank you so much for this! My family never had an especially nice meal for Easter and I want to do differently for my kids, but I haven’t really known where to start. This is so much help!

  9. Ruth says:

    Thank you, Mel. You make everything so much easier for us!….that is everything except the final decision…….b/c it all sounds and looks wonderful! Is it so wrong to want it all?

  10. Sheila says:

    Mel, you are simply wonderful! Thank you for such a well organized and delicious resource for planning Easter dinner. Even so it is so hard to choose because all your recipes are so exceptional. Usually do not do breakfast but I going to have to after looking at so many yummy ideas. Happy Easter to you and yours.

  11. Anna says:

    This is perfect I just planned our whole Easter weekend menu! Your blog helps me out so much! Thank you & have a wonderful Easter with your family!

  12. Celeste says:

    Hi Mel,
    I just want to tell you “Thank You” for all the love poured into these recipes. My family and friends have nothing but praise when I cook or bake one of your recipes. Just wanted to pop in and say “Thank You” and Happy Easter.

  13. Cammee says:

    Glad to see Lemom Berry Trifle is still on your short list. Forget the ham, potatoes, sides and bread. All I need is the trifle. Well, and maybe one of those perfect blueberry muffins.

  14. Gail says:

    Oh how I appreciate all of these Easter recipes in one place! Thanks so much for doing this! I especially like the leftover ideas included. I plan on trying the chicken cordon blue casserole as well as the Hawaiin fried rice this year with leftover ham. It sure helps with planning. 🙂 My husband and I are in charge of coffee hour at church on Easter Sunday so I was already planning on your carrot cake sheet cake but now I just saw the lemon yogurt sheet cake so will try that as well. Sounds yummy! Thanks again, Mel…Happy Easter!

  15. Kim in MD says:

    Wow- I love your recipe round ups, Mel! Your menus look like the perfect Easter meals. Happy Easter to you and your precious family!

  16. We are having turkey and ham. Turkey because my sister’s family (they are hosting) doesn’t like ham. Ham because the rest of us like ham. My neighbor gave us a big ham from the pigs they raised in our barn. Our problem this year is that we have a goat due sometime around Easter and she is a first time mom so we need to be with her just in case. I’m thinking I need to see if everyone is willing to drive the hour to our place for dinner.

  17. Teresa says:

    Mel, you are simply amazing. So many wonderful choices. I can’t wait to scroll through and click on all of them.

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