My Easter Dinner Menu + Other Easter Favorites

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I usually dilly-dally around finalizing the specifics of a holiday menu for the simple reason that I have a hard time deciding what to serve when there’s so many incredible recipes to choose from and am often debilitated by the thought that I’ll get to the big day and realize I chose the wrong thing to make (I feel this same way when ordering at a restaurant). This line of thought sometimes keeps me awake at night. I realize I have issues.

However, this year, I’ve surprised myself with my very solid Easter dinner plan.

I’m not sure why it was so easy to figure out this year. Let’s just pretend I finally learned how to be decisive and effective with my time! A new me (I hardly recognize myself). We don’t mess around with lunch or brunch on Easter (usually we are at church during that time anyway) – it’s all about breakfast and dinner and of course, dessert. Here’s what we’ll be eating. I can hardly wait.

Breakfast
Overnight Cinnamon Twists

Overnight cinnamon and sugar sweet rolls.
Ok, I’m kind of lying. Or rather, withholding information. Later this week, I’m posting a variation on these overnight rolls that totally rocked our world and that’s what will be happening Easter morning. Stay tuned.

Dinner
ham and potatoes

Sweet Baked Ham
I’m showing you an InstantPot version of this ham on Thursday and it’s life-changing; it’s always a toss up between this sweet baked ham and my go-to slow cooker brown sugar and maple ham but I’m feeling like the sweet baked ham this year.

Cheesy Au Gratin Potatoes
Besides being incredibly tasty, the main perk of these potatoes, in my book, is that they can be made ahead of time.

asparagus and saladRoasted Asparagus
With a drizzle of lemon juice and freshly grated Parmesan cheese, of course.

Spinach Salad with Sweet-Spicy Nuts, Apples, Feta and Bacon
I know that salad is often mocked at holiday dinners but I’m a salad fan through and through and look forward to this one on the table.

rasberry and rollsRaspberry Ribbon Salad
This is a bit Christmas-esque but I feel like serving it, and so…I am.

Lion House Rolls
Gotta go with a classic this year even though there are about a hundred other rolls I adore – and actually, I have another fabulous roll recipe coming at you Friday if you want a delicious change.

Dessert
cake

Lemon Blueberry Cake with Whipped Lemon Cream Frosting
Because this is just screaming Easter dessert, don’t you think?

Carrot Cake
This is one of my favorite cakes of all-time even though I’m nearly sure I’ve tried every version of carrot cake out there; I just can’t do this holiday without carrot cake.

{Honorable Mention} Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes
It’s a weird and unsettling day when I choose a fruit and then a vegetable cake over chocolate…but Easter only comes once a year and traditions run strong.

For tons of additional Easter food inspiration, here’s an at-a-glance Easter menu planner!