Thursday, March 29, 2012

Easter Recipe Round-Up {Salads, Side Dishes, Main Dishes, Desserts!}

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With Easter coming up next weekend and family get-togethers happenin' after church, I thought I'd do a little round-up of some recipes that would make a great addition to any Easter meal!

TWO of my sisters will be here at our house for Easter and I'm cookin' the big meal. I haven't finalized our meal plan yet, but some of these will definitely be on our menu.

I've chosen a big ol' variety of things - but I know that coming up with side dishes can be a big challenge. And, they're not only the toughest to come up with, but also what you're often asked to bring along if you're heading to a family/friend Easter dinner. So, I've included a whole bunch of side dishes and gone lighter on the desserts.

Of course, if you're making/bringing a dessert, you can find a whole lot of those in the Desserts category.

So, here are 12 Easter recipe ideas - a wide variety of dishes - to give you some inspiration for your Easter celebration - whatever it may be.


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Mandarin Orange Salad with Glazed Almonds. Pretty food alert! I made this salad last Friday, and was reminded how much I LOVE THIS SALAD. The mandarin oranges, the candied almonds - they are the perfect complement to this really easy homemade dressing.
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Simple Greek Salad. This salad is one of my summer favorites, but we eat it year round. It would be great alongside just about any cut of meat - a ham, turkey, roast beef, pork roast. It's tangy and full of flavor.
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Cran-Raspberry Pretzel Salad. It wouldn't be an extended family dinner in my husband's family without some version of this pretzel salad. I love this stuff. So good!
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Homemade Beer Bread. Easy, perfect bread (with no rising or fuss). It's great for hot and cold appetizer dips - or served with dinner.
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Pit Beef. If you've got your grill out, this traditional Baltimore recipe for Pit Beef is a great main dish for a large group. You can grill one or two of these, and serve the meat with traditional side dishes, or make up a sandwich bar.
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Mom's Roast Beef. If you haven't decided on a main dish, our family recipe for roast beef is a show-stopper. It makes the most delicious gravy, and is comfort food at its best.
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Creamy Mashed Potatoes. If you're making a recipe that has gravy or a sauce, there's nothing better than smooth, creamy mashed potatoes. Need the no-gravy version? Try this Cheesy Mashed Potato Bake.
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Homemade Applesauce. Mmmm. Homemade Applesauce. Easy, quick, and you can serve it warm or cold. A great make-ahead, no fuss dish that will surely be different than what anyone else is bringing.
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Broccoli Casserole. One of my all-time favorite side dishes. It's not as finicky as fresh broccoli, that can be easily overcooked or get cold really quickly. The buttery, crunchy top sets this apart from a standard side of steamed broccoli.
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Zucchini Quiche. My sister, Aimee, requests this as one of the sides at her birthday dinner each year. It's heavy enough to be a main dish during the week, and a great side-dish to a big dinner. If you're having Easter Brunch, this one is perfect for that.
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Blackberry Cobbler. The easiest cobbler recipe anywhere. Blackberry, blueberry, apple, strawberry, peach - you make whatever version you like and watch it disappear.
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SG's Carrot Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting. I never liked carrot cake. Pineapple, nuts, scratchy, weird spices? The combination was just not my favorite. So, I came up with a simple, delicious, no-nuts, no fruit carrot cake that has the most decadent cinnamon cream cheese frosting.
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I hope these give you some fresh inspiration and different ideas to add to your Easter menu.

All of these recipes are favorites in my family - and would make great additions to your Easter get-together.

If you have any questions about any of these, I'll respond in the comments.

Happy Easter planning, everybody!

3 comments:

  1. Thank you! I have carrot cupcakes on my menu for Easter lunch. And seeing as I Don't have a food processor, I e-mailed my mom and asked her to pulverize 6 carrots for me and bring them down when she comes next Friday. Love all your recipes!

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  2. Crystal - I'm so glad you'll get to spend Easter with your Mom! :) Love how close y'all are. :)

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  3. Thank You very much for the post and the recipe . I think this is just what I was looking for !

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