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Sitting down with family and friends for a big Easter meal and fellowship is a wonderful way to celebrate! Whether you are a seasoned pro at hosting, this is your first year hosting, or you are bringing a dish to share with others, we have Easter Dinner Ideas for you! From a sweet and spicy Jalapeno Honey Glazed Ham, to an Old Fashioned Hummingbird Cake and everything in between.

Easter table setting with a jalapeno honey glazed ham as the center piece.


 

We’ve put together some flavorful recipes to share for an Easter meal. The highlight is an easy to make, Jalapeno Honey Glazed Ham. Ham is a great main dish for large meals because it’s extremely low key and flexible. Our sides are a colorful Strawberry Salad with Poppyseed Dressing, and soft and fluffy Jalapeno Cheese Rolls.

A floral Hibiscus Margarita for the adults, and a kid friendly Agua de Jamaica for a non-alcoholic version. All finished with a popular Southern Hummingbird Cake made with bananas, pineapple, and topped with luscious swirls of cream cheese frosting.

Of course, if you’re looking for other options, we have included several substitutes below! Main dishes that aren’t ham, more sides, salads, drinks and desserts. Whatever you’re looking for, we’re sure you’ll find something you will love!

Honey glazed ham with bits of jalapeno on a white plate with a fork separating the slices.

Jalapeño Honey Glazed Ham

5 from 2 votes
Sweet and spicy, Jalapeño Honey Glazed Ham, is cooked in a homemade glaze of honey, brown sugar, jalapeño and other spices. This honey glazed ham is sweet, sticky, and creates a luscious juice perfect for basting with prior to serving. This ham will be the start of your holiday table!
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Bowl filled with salad greens topped with sliced strawberries, crumbled feta, sliced red onions and chopped pecans.

Strawberry Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

5 from 3 votes
This beautiful summer Strawberry Poppyseed Salad is packed with fresh juicy strawberries, pecans, feta and drizzled with a healthy poppyseed dressing. Easy, colorful, and healthy this salad is always a crowd pleaser!
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Hibiscus margarita in a glass rimmed with sugar and garnished with a lime wedge.

Hibiscus Margarita

5 from 3 votes
Easy to make, this Hibiscus Margarita is made from Hibiscus simple syrup, fresh lime juice, and tequila. Perfectly sweet, tart, and a beautiful dark pink color, this cocktail is the perfect pairing with your favorite Mexican or Tex Mex meal.
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Glass filled with agua de Jamaica and topped with a lime wedge and a sprig of fresh mint.

Agua de Jamaica (Hibiscus Tea)

5 from 2 votes
This refreshing Agua de Jamaica or Hibiscus Tea is a popular Mexican drink. Made from dried hibiscus flowers this cold drink has a sweet and tart flavor and is ready in less than 20 minutes! 
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Up close view of fluffy cheese rolls with diced jalapeno.

Jalapeño Cheese Rolls

5 from 1 vote
These easy, fluffy Jalapeño Cheese Rolls are made with a homemade brioche dough and stuffed with a sweet honey butter, cheddar cheese and jalapeños. The perfect appetizer, snack, or side dish for any meal. 
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Hummingbird cake with cream cheese frosting and crushed pecans on top sitting on an orange cake stand.

Old Fashioned Hummingbird Cake

5 from 1 vote
This popular southern Old Fashioned Hummingbird Cake is an moist and flavorful layer cake. Made with ripe banana, perfectly sweet pineapple, chopped pecans and swirls of cream cheese frosting.
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Main Dishes That Aren’t Ham

If you’re looking for something a little different than ham this year, we have options! Everything from smoked meats done Texas style, to the perfect creamy quiche made with whatever fillings you choose.

Texas Brisket on peach paper, sliced with slices of bread, cheese, pickles and onions around.

Texas Smoked Brisket Recipe

5 from 26 votes
This Texas Smoked Brisket uses simple ingredients, but the process used creates meat so tender it will melt in your mouth. Apply a simple rub and let your smoker do the work!
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Bear claws shredding smoked pork.

Texas Style Smoked Pulled Pork

5 from 245 votes
Texas Smoked Pulled Pork. This simple, smoked Pork Shoulder/Butt creates the most tender, flavorful pulled pork. Cooked low and slow, this pork is melt in your mouth good!
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Plate with sliced prime rib ready to be served.

Prime Rib

5 from 3 votes
Our Prime Rib recipe features an herb and garlic seasoning, with step-by-step instructions for cooking a perfect boneless or bone-in roast. The meat is tender and juicy inside with a seasoned crust on the outside.
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Sliced quiche stacked in a pie dish showing a custard egg filling and flakey pie crust.

Basic Quiche Recipe (Using Any Filling of Your Choice!)

4.96 from 93 votes
How to make a quiche using any filling of your choice!! This basic quiche recipe is the ONE and ONLY recipe that you need to make a smooth and creamy quiche. All the tips and tricks you need to know to make and serve the best quiche ever!
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Easter Salads

Bright, fresh and flavorful. Easter salads should be full of colors and flavors. Here’s some options for filling pasta salads, a Tex Mex Elote Corn Salad and a Classic Wedge Salad with homemade dressing, take your pick between Blue Cheese Dressing or a Homemade Ranch Dressing.

Overhead view of pasta salad in a white bowl.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

5 from 13 votes
This pasta salad is loaded up and tossed with a creamy homemade ranch dressing. This dish is constantly being requested and it never lasts long! Perfect for potlucks or family meals.
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Serving bowl filled with creamy elote corn salad.

Elote Corn Salad

5 from 2 votes
Quick and easy, this elote corn salad comes together with fresh ingredients in a creamy, tangy dressing.
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Wedge of lettuce on a blue plate topped with blue cheese dressing, tomatoes, bacon and chives.

Classic Wedge Salad

5 from 136 votes
This classic and simple wedge salad is crisp and refreshing. A cold wedge of iceberg lettuce topped with a homemade creamy blue cheese dressing, bacon crumbles, diced tomato and chives. Perfect as a side dish for any meal or as a lunch!
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Easter Side Dish Ideas

All of the favorite side dishes are here. We highly recommend some perfect mashed potatoes, or take it a step further with our Mashed Potato Casserole, which is a great side dish to prep ahead and bring to a dinner.

Dish filled with creamy mashed potatoes swirled and topped with melted butter and fresh chives.

Perfect Mashed Potatoes

4.96 from 48 votes
This recipe for the Perfect Mashed Potato comes together with basic ingredients and creates a smooth, creamy, and buttery mashed potato that pairs with all your favorite dishes.
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Round baking dish with baked mashed potato casserole, topped with melty cheese, crisp bacon and green chives.

Mashed Potato Casserole

5 from 45 votes
This Mashed Potato Casserole is melt-in-your-mouth creamy and smooth, loaded up with tons of melty cheese, crunchy panko bread crumbs, topped with crisp, salty bacon, and bits of chives for color and a pop of fresh flavor.
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Bowl of cheese grits topped with melted butter and black pepper with a spoon.

Cheese Grits

5 from 24 votes
Cheese Grits. Perfectly creamy and cheesy grits. This Southern classic is perfect as a side dish, loaded up as a main dish, or served as breakfast! 
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Dish of southern green beans topped with crispy bacon.

Southern Green Beans

5 from 3 votes
These Southern Style Green Beans are slow simmered in a broth of bacon, onion and garlic. These beans come out tender, flavorful and melt in your mouth tender. This comforting side dish will complement all of your favorite Southern style family meals.
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Drinks to Serve at Easter Dinner

Cold and refreshing, we have cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks that will pair with whatever your Easter menu includes.

Glass on a coaster filled with grapefruit paloma on ice and a wedge of fresh grapefruit.

Grapefruit Paloma

5 from 4 votes
This Grapefruit Paloma recipe is so refreshing and classy! This easy to make tequila based drink is perfect for sipping on this weekend!
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Glass of champagne margaritas with flowing champagne in the background.

Champagne Margaritas

5 from 8 votes
Sparkling, Champagne Margaritas will be the highlight of any celebration. Sweet, bubbly, and sparkly. Not to mention they also have all the flavors you love in a margarita, tart and fresh lime juice and the warm earthy notes of tequila.
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Cup of sweet tea in a glass topped with crushed ice, lemon wedge and a sprig of mint.

Classic Sweet Tea

5 from 5 votes
This home-brewed Southern Sweet Tea is smooth, refreshing, and simple. This classic southern drink is quick and easy to make at home.
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Easter Dessert Ideas

Sweet and fruity, all of these desserts feature fresh fruits making them perfect to grace your Easter table. Whichever you choose is sure to be a hit, all of these recipes are crowd pleasers!

Banana pudding in a baking dish being scooped up showing sliced bananas and nilla wafers with pudding and whipped cream.

Southern Banana Pudding

5 from 3 votes
Creamy, homemade Southern Banana Pudding with vanilla pudding made from scratch layered with vanilla wafers, slices of banana, and topped with a whipped topping! An easy to make, Southern dessert recipe sure to please a crowd!
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Strawberry shortcake served on a white scalloped plate, gold fork on the side.

Strawberry Shortcake

5 from 14 votes
This made-from-scratch Strawberry Shortcake recipe features sweet buttermilk biscuits, fluffy whipped cream, and juicy strawberries.
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Baked peach cobbler in a round dish.

Homemade Peach Cobbler

4.99 from 191 votes
This classic Peach Cobbler has a crisp, buttery, vanilla topping. Plus this recipe can be made with fresh, frozen or canned peaches so that you can enjoy it year round.
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Stacked coconut lime cupcakes topped with coconut cream cheese frosting.

Coconut Lime Cupcakes

4.80 from 5 votes
Light and fluffy Coconut Lime Cupcakes with a creamy coconut filling all topped with a swirl of coconut cream cheese frosting. Fun and tropical flavored summer cupcake recipe!
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Jalapeno Honey Glazed Ham

5 from 1 vote
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 2 hours
Total: 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 25
Author: Serene
This sweet and spicy Jalapeno Honey Glazed Ham is the perfect centerpiece meal for the Easter meal!
Easter table setting with a jalapeno honey glazed ham as the center piece.

Ingredients  

  • 8 pound ham bone-in, spiral cut
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 jalapenos seeds and membranes removed, diced
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes (more to taste as desired)
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a large baking dish (9×13) with cooking spray. 
  • Add all ingredients for the glaze into a medium size saucepan and bring to a boil. Allow to simmer to reduce the sauce for 5-10 minutes. 
  • Place the ham in the dish and pour half of the glaze over the top. Reserve the other half of the glaze.
  • Cover with foil and bake for 1 and 1/2 hours. Then uncover the ham. 
  • Pour the remaining glaze over the ham, spreading the slices apart to get inside the slices as well. 
  • Increase the oven temperature to 400 degrees F. 
  • Bake the ham uncovered for another 15-20 minutes or until the glaze is caramelized. 
  • Transfer the ham to a serving plate. Spoon excess drippings over the top of the ham. Slice and serve while warm. 

Notes

Ham should reach an internal temperature of 140 degrees F to be fully warmed through.

Nutrition

Calories: 440kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 100mg | Sodium: 1756mg | Potassium: 438mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 157IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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