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Easter Dinner Menu Recipes:
A Traditional Easter Meal

No matter who you're trying to impress, the Easter dinner menu recipes you'll find right here will "wow" just about anybody... even the Easter Bunny himself! The traditional Easter meal I've put together below has just about everything you could want in a perfect Easter dinner... from a wonderful ham to perfectly cooked sides to a colorful Easter dessert.

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Ready to start salivating? Read on for my favorite Traditional Easter meal with ham.

Easter Dinner Menu and Recipes

Easter Drink Recipe: Peach Iced Tea

Sweet Peach Tea Springtime Tea Drink RecipeThis southern sweet peach tea recipe is the perfect accompaniment to a traditional Easter meal. It's springy, sweet, and addictive.

Add a bit more sugar if you like yours sweeter... but I think this version of the recipe gives you the best balance of sweetness, tang, and tea goodness.

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3 cans (11.5 oz. each) peach nectar
3 quarts strong, brewed tea, hot
1/2 C. granulated or superfine sugar
1/4 C. freshly squeezed lemon juice
Mint, to garnish (optional)

Instructions: 1. Stir sugar into hot, brewed tea until dissolved. Add remaining ingredients (except mint).

2. Cover and refrigerate until well chilled. Garnish each glass with a sprig of mint, if desired.

Easter Bread: Fresh Bread & Funny Bunny Biscuits

As part of this traditional Easter meal, you'll want plenty of warm bread to eat with your ham. But for something extra special (and a lot of fun), take the time to make my recipe for Bunny Biscuits! It's really easy and super cute!

Go here to find this Easter treat-- I've got it posted on another page!

Spiced Honey Baked Ham with Rhubarb & Raisin Chutney

I've got a whole page dedicated to honey baked ham recipes, and you'll find the recipe for this menu right here. This particular Easter dinner menu recipe for honey baked ham creates a slightly spicy, crispy crust that is simply... wonderful.

Rhubarb & Raisin Chutney Recipe

This recipe tastes wonderful with ham, pork roast, or anything made from a pig... but it's also wonderful with chicken. One of my favorite things about this particular Easter dinner menu recipe? You can make it a few days ahead of time, if you like, freeing up time in the kitchen to get things done. Or, even better, to hang out with your guests!

Recipe serves about 10.

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1 1/2 C. brown sugar, packed
2/3 C. apple cider vinegar
1/4 C. apple juice or cider
2 tbsp. minced fresh ginger (or 2 tsp. dried powdered)
1 tbsp. freshly grated lemon zest
1 cinnamon stick
4 C. sliced fresh rhubarb (about 1/2" pieces)
1 1/2 C. raisins
Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions: 1. In a non-reactive saucepan, combine the sugar, vinegar, juice or cider, ginger, and zest.

2. Bring to a boil, and boil until the sugar has dissolved. Stir in cinnamon stick.

3. Turn heat down to low and simmer mixture, uncovered, for about five minutes.

4. Stir in the rhubarb, then the raisins. Combine well.

5. Bring to a boil and simmer over low heat until well-combined and the rhubarb is soft. This should take about 7-8 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.

6. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving. Serve at room temperature.

Easter Side Dish 1: Three-Cheese Scalloped Potatoes

You'll find a recipe for my favorite three-cheese scalloped potatoes right here on my Thanksgiving side dishes page. Believe me, these potatoes --creamy, cheesy, to-die-for-- should not be reserved for just once a year! Thanksgiving should get all the fun, after all!)

Easter Side Dish 2:
Make-Ahead Green Pea and Crisp Corn Salad

Creamy Fresh Pea Salad Spring Easter RecipeThis salad is one of my favorite of the Easter dinner menu recipes on this page. Why? Not just because it tastes great (though it does). I love it because it looks like an Easter recipe! It's pretty, fresh, and has bright Easter colors. It looks like it came straight from the Easter Bunny's basket.

Use young, tender frozen peas for this for the best results. This Easter dinner menu recipe serves about 8, and can be made up to 12 hours ahead.

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1 lb. frozen tender peas, thawed and drained
3/4 C. frozen kernel corn, thawed, drained
1/2 C. minced purple onion
1/2 C. diced red bell pepper
1 C. shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 C. chopped cooked bacon
1/4-1/3 C. sour cream
1/4-1/3 C. mayonnaise
3/4 tsp. salt (or to taste-- I like lots)
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Instructions: 1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the peas, corn, onion, peppers, bacon, and cheese.

2. Stir in the sour cream and mayonnaise. Start with the minimum amount and add more if you want it a bit creamier. (I generally stick with 1/4 c. of each, which makes for a creamy but not-gooey salad.)

3. Add salt and pepper and mix well.

4. Refrigerate, uncovered, at least 2 hours before serving.

Easter Side Dish 3: Roasted Baby Carrots

Roasted Carrots for a Traditional Easter MealThese roasted carrots don't need any extra ingredients to taste absolutely amazing. The roasting brings out their natural sweetness... and they don't need a thing to get adults and kids alike ooh-ing and aah-ing over them.

You can also make this Easter dinner menu recipe by cutting whole carrots into fat sticks. But I think the naturally sweet flavor of baby carrots is just perfect for the high-temp roasting method used here.

Recipe serves 8-10

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2 lb. baby carrots
2 tbsp. olive oil
3/4 tsp. salt

Instructions: 1. Preheat the oven to 475 degrees F.

2. In a resealable bag, toss together the carrots, oil, and salt until well combined.

3. Pour out onto a baking dish, keeping in a single layer if possible.

4. Roast about 20 minutes, stirring well halfway through.

5. Carrots are ready when they're slightly browned and fully tender.

Tip: This is one of the best Easter dinner menu recipes to make while the your ham is resting and the remainder of your dinner is coming together.

Easter Dessert: Sunny Day Strawberry Cake Recipe

I love, love, love this strawberry cake. It's a gorgeous color, it contains spring's most wonderful fruit (the strawberry, of course!) and it's just... well.... Easter-y. It goes over beautifully with both adults and kids. I like to serve mine with a big scoop of strawberry or vanilla ice cream.

I've got this recipe on my Easter dessert recipes page, and you can find it right here.

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