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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.
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!
Jalapeño Honey Glazed Ham
Strawberry Salad with Poppyseed Dressing
Agua de Jamaica (Hibiscus Tea)
Jalapeño Cheese Rolls
Old Fashioned Hummingbird Cake
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 Smoked Brisket Recipe
Texas Style Smoked Pulled Pork
Basic Quiche Recipe (Using Any Filling of Your Choice!)
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.
Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad
Elote Corn Salad
Classic Wedge Salad
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.
Perfect Mashed Potatoes
Mashed Potato Casserole
Southern Green Beans
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.
Classic Sweet Tea
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!
Southern Banana Pudding
Homemade Peach Cobbler
Coconut Lime Cupcakes
Jalapeno Honey Glazed Ham
- 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.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.
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