Easter is almost as popular as Christmas for families to get together and enjoy a big meal. And just like Christmas and Thanksgiving, Easter meals take extra planning and preparation to make them special. At Sisters Know Best, we’ve gathered some of our favorite Easter food ideas to help you create a meal your family will love – and be talking about for weeks to come.
Easter Food Sides
They may not be the star of the show, but a great side dish (or two) can make all the difference between a good Easter meal and a great one. Here’s a couple of our favorites.
Pretty, Herby Carrots
Using three different colors of carrots makes this Easter side dish art on a plate. The amazing herb blend gives them a great flavor. And the best part is, unless you’ve got a relative who’s allergic to carrots, they’re ideal for any diet – vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, or paleo. It’s almost a no brainer – you’ve got to make these carrots as part of your Easter food menu!
Spring Peas and Pancetta
Because Easter is also at the start of spring, some green veggies on the table help bring the warming weather and awakening plants inside. Creamy and just the right amount of salty, this spring peas and pancetta side dish is the perfect way to celebrate the start of spring and the Easter season.
Easter Food Mains
As the star of your Easter food, you want your entrée to really impress. We’ve got three options we love and hope you’ll adore them as much as we do.
If your family is like ours, glazed ham is the traditional Easter food main course. We love this tangerine-glazed ham recipe. The glaze keeps the ham really moist and it’s nice and sweet to cut the saltiness of the ham. Plus the glaze creates a beautiful crust and makes the ham a really beautiful dark orange color. Everyone will ooh and ah when you bring it to the table. And once they bite into it, their eyes will light up.
Herb and Garlic Roast Chicken
If poultry is more your style, or you are looking for a second entrée for your Easter meal, herb and garlic roast chicken is the perfect solution. The herbs are a great mix of flavors and would pair well with the carrots above. And because it’s roasted rather than fried, this chicken is extra healthy.
Lamb isn’t as popular as ham or chicken, but for many it’s a traditional Easter food entrée. There’s some religious significance to it, but if you’re going to serve lamb, what really counts is that it tastes good. We love this honey-curry glazed lamb recipe. Such a pretty color when served and the balance of sweet and spicy is perfect!
Easter Food Desserts and Snacks
No Easter food feast is complete without desserts and snacks for the little ones. These ideas are a lot of fun to make and eat.
Goldfish Carrot Snacks
Just like Thanksgiving, the Easter meal is usually served later than a typical lunch. Keep your kids from bugging you about their hunger pangs (or the adults for that matter) with these totally adorable Goldfish carrot snack bags. Super cute and fun to eat – for kids of any age!
Easter Oreo Cookie Bark
We love how M&Ms comes out with pastel colors for Easter and really wanted to use them to make some sort of fun dessert. This Oreo cookie bark puts those awesome M&Ms to great use and gives us a reason to eat Oreos! Huzzah! Love the two-for-one deal there!
Peeps and Fruit Kabobs
OMG! Who else thinks Peeps are the best Easter candy EVER? Seriously, that crystal sugar and marshmallow. Yum! Add some fruit and they’re a great Easter food dessert – and pretty too. Check out the kabobs and think about what fruit you might use to make your family happy.
Rice Krispy Nests
Those baby chicks and bunnies need somewhere to sleep and the eggs need a safe place to hatch. That’s where Rice Krispy nests come in. You can use them to create a great Easter scene with Peeps, jelly beans, and different chocolate eggs. The whole thing would make an awesome edible centerpiece for your table.