Sunday, April 17, 2011

Southern Easter Menu Ideas and Recipes

A collection of Southern Easter menu ideas and recipes from Deep South Dish.

Deep South Dish Southern Easter Menu Ideas and Recipes

Looking for some menu ideas for Easter? Well, Easter dinner is certainly the best time to finally throw open the curtains and throw back the heavy covers of winter to bring in some fresh, spring color, fragrant flowers and a few favorite recipes to the table. Besides all of the religious attachments many of us have to Easter, it is also a time of refreshing and renewal. What better way to welcome spring than a nice brunch, buffet, or dinner?

Now's the time to bring out the pretty pastel colors for your tables and linens, and bouquets of spring flowers - daffodils, hyacinths and tulips. Any kind of egg related decorations, ceramic or stuffed bunnies, or ceramic chickens can be used to brighten things up. Make an edible centerpiece using jelly beans, egg shaped foil wrapped candies, peeps and other Easter candies.

Pick an appetizer or two, a salad, a main course, a few veggies and side dishes and a dessert or two - don't try to go crazy and over stress yourself doing too much!  Get help from people who are attending if you want more dishes. I always find that people are more than willing to help out and show off one of their favorite Easter dishes. You just gotta ask!

I've included just one possible menu and loads of other recipe ideas here that you might like to choose from but do check back because y'all know me... I'll be updating as I find recipes that I've added since last Easter, and I hope to get to those "Coming Soon" recipes featured, plus any others that I can manage to squeeze in last minute!

To get back here between now and then, just look for the same graphic above in a button on the left hand sidebar called  "Easter Menu" and click that button. That link will carry you right back here. Whether you choose to do an Easter brunch, buffet, supper or dinner, it is my hope that something here might at least provide a bit of inspiration.  Happy Easter!

A Traditional Southern Easter Dinner

Relish Tray
(see below)
Deviled Eggs
Shrimp Cocktail

Southern Sweet Iced Tea

Cold English Pea Salad
Seven Layer Pasta Salad
Seven Layer Salad or
Cornbread Salad

Boneless Prime Rib Beef Roast with au Jus
Baked Ham or

Scalloped Potatoes or
Cheesy Potatoes au Grain
Roasted or Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Butter Steamed Potatoes
Skillet Green Beans
Southern Style Green Beans with Bacon and Onions or
Sweet and Sour Green Beans
Classic Corn Casserole
Southern Style Creamed Corn or
Corn Spoon Bread
Baked Pineapple Casserole

Old Fashioned Yeast Rolls or
Easy Pan Rolls or
Pull Apart Rolls

Homemade Southern Banana Pudding
Watergate Salad
More Southern Easter Recipe Ideas


Gulf Coast Shrimp and Grits
Baked Sausage and Cheese Grits
Hash Brown Quiche with Andouille Sausage
Overnight French Toast Casserole
Croque Madame
Scratch Sour Cream Coffeecake
Old Fashioned Coffee Cake
Pain Perdu Custardy French Toast
Butterscotch Pull Apart Bread
Homemade Buttermilk Pancakes
Speedy Breakfast Casserole
French Market Beignet Doughnuts
Easy Cheater Cinnamon Rolls 
Grits and Grillades
Garlic Cheese Grits
Crab Quiche
Classic Southern Tomato Pie
Garden Fresh Tomato Quiche with Bacon

Starters and Salads

My Standard Relish Tray
Sweet Baby Gerkins, Baby Kosher Dills, Black Olives,
Pickled Okra, Celery Stuffed with Pimento Cheese or Cream Cheese,
Radish Roses
, Stuffed Olives
Deviled Eggs
Cheese Straws
Charleston Cheese Dip
Spicy Cheese Bites
Shrimp Dip
Picante Shrimp Dip
Grape Jelly Meatballs
Gumbo Z'herbes
Crab Gumbo


Cornbread Salad
Cold English Pea Salad
Next Day Salad
Cold Green Bean Salad
Marinated Vegetable Salad
Marinated Asparagus Salad
Roasted Vegetable Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing
Seven Layer Salad
Everything Salad
Broccoli and Cauliflower Refrigerator Salad
Iced Cucumber Salad
Fire and Ice Salad
Sour Cream Cucumber and Onion Salad
Old Fashioned Broccoli Salad
Copper Pennies
Macaroni Salad
Tri-Color Rotini Pasta Salad
Shrimp and Bow Tie Pasta Salad
Old Fashioned Boiled Dressing
Homemade Comeback Thousand Island Dressing

Congealed and Fruit Salads

Pear Salad
Grape Salad
Fresh Fruit Salad with Lime and Mint Dressing
Pink Jello Salad
Buttermilk Salad
Old Fashioned 5-Cup Salad
Old Fashioned Cherry Coke Salad
Waldorf Apple Salad
Watergate Salad


Spring Sangria
Old Fashioned Homemade Fresh Lemonade
Southern Sweet Iced Tea
Southern Fruit Iced Tea
Strawberry Sweet Iced Tea
Strawberry Lemonade
Party Punch
Classic Bloody Mary


Old School Cafeteria-Style Yeast Rolls
Old Fashioned Cloverleaf and Crescent Rolls
Pistolette French Rolls
Pull Apart Rolls
Old Fashioned Pan Rolls
Sour Cream Biscuits
Perfect Buttermilk Biscuits
Garlic Cheese Biscuits
Hot Cross Buns
More Breads

Main Course

Boneless Prime Rib Beef Roast with au Jus
Whiskey Glazed Baked Ham
Old School Pineapple Glazed Baked Ham
Brown Sugar Glazed Baked Ham with Coca Cola Pan Sauce
(includes ham in a paper bag instructions & multiple glazes)
Cajun Glazed Ham
Orange or Jezebel Sauce
Smothered Pork Roast with Gravy
Roast Pork with Spicy Sweet Onion Pan Sauce
Sage Pork Roast with Apple Pan Sauce
Roast Chicken or Turkey
Stuffed Boneless Turkey Breast 
Oven Braised Chuck Roast with Vegetables
Oven Braised Beef Brisket
Roast Beef - 3 Ways
Roasted Leg of Lamb with Rosemary

Sides and Veggies

Vegetable Casserole
Classic Buttered Peas and Carrots
Hot Pineapple Casserole
Corn Spoon Bread
Parslied Corn
Southern Style Creamed Cob Corn
Easy (Winter) Creamed Corn
Corn Pudding
Maque Choux

Creamed Spinach
Creamed Brussels Sprouts
Spinach Madeleine
Cajun Cabbage Au Gratin
Broccoli and Cheese Casserole
Broccoli and Cauliflower Casserole
Southern Collard Greens

Sweet and Sour Green Beans
Country Green Beans with Ham and Potatoes
Southern Style Green Beans
Brown Butter Green Beans
Green Bean Casserole with Homemade Cream Sauce
Classic Green Bean Casserole
Stuffing Topped Green Bean Casserole
Asparagus Bundles
Green Bean Bundles
Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots
Julia Child Glazed Carrots
Maple Glazed Baby Carrots
Southern Style Creamed Peas

Cheesy Baked Mashed Potatoes
Creole Mashed Potatoes
Mashed Potatoes with Cream Cheese
Irish Colcannon Potatoes
Irish Champ Potatoes
Smothered Potatoes
Pan Roasted Rosemary Parmesan Potatoes
Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Ultra Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole
Sour Cream Hash Brown Casserole
Perfectly Cheesy Potatoes au Gratin
Scalloped Potatoes

Bourbon Glazed Sweet Potatoes
Baked Sweet Potatoes and More! (includes mashed)
Sweet Potato Casserole

Cajun Rice Dressing
Crawfish (or Shrimp) Rice Dressing
Traditional Southern Cornbread Dressing
Cornbread Sage Dressing
Southern Style Potato Salad
Cajun Potato Salad

Strawberry Desserts

Fresh Strawberry Pie
Punch Bowl Strawberry Angel Cake
Classic Southern Strawberry Cake with Coconut and Pecan
Cherry Berries in a Cloud
Homemade Strawberry Buttermilk Sherbet

Layered Desserts

Chocolate Sin
Layered Banana Split Dessert
My Blueberry Heaven Pie
Homemade Southern Banana Pudding
Moon Pie Banana Pudding
Old Fashioned Southern Bread Pudding
New Orleans Creole Bread Pudding with Meringue

Apple Desserts

Apple Dapple Cake with Maple Glaze
Southern Fried Apple Hand Pies
Fresh Apple Cake
Old Fashioned Apple or Peach Cobbler
Old Fashioned Apple Pie
Southern Pecan Pie
Apple Upside Down Cornmeal Cake

Cake Desserts

Mandarin Orange Cake
Classic German Chocolate Cake
Grandma Mac's Perfect Southern Pound Cake
Homemade Coconut Cake with Divinity Icing
Easy 3-Day Coconut Cake
Coconut Poke Cake

Southern Caramel Cake
Peach Crumb Cake
Sour Cream Coffee Cake with Pecan Praline Filling
Easy Banana Cake with Caramel Icing
Chocolate Texas Sheet Cake
Fresh Citrus Cake

More Desserts

Easy Party Cheesecake

Mississippi Mud Cake
Coconut Key Lime Pie with Minty Whipped Cream
Southern Pecan Pie Muffins
Sweet Potato Bread

Posted by on April 17, 2011

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  1. Thanks for all these wonderful ideas! I could go for some deviled eggs and a spicy Bloody Mary for my Easter. SITS sent me by, and I'm glad they did!

    All Different Angles

  2. This must take you awhile and I really appreciate it when you put these special occasion recipe suggestions together for us. My only problem is I want to try them all. Thanks

  3. Can I come eat at your house??? Great recipe combos there. And you've made me want deviled eggs!

  4. All that food is making my stomach growl. I absolutely love 7-layer salad. That's definitely going on our Easter dinner menu. (Along with several of your other postings.)

  5. This post is absolutely awsome. What a great job!! I totally love every and every recipe. I will be back to grab some of your wonderful recipes. Hope you have a wonderful day:)

  6. My mouth is watering already. Thanks for planning my meal for me. Wow!!!

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  8. I'm so happy I stumbled upon your website. I love it! Thank you for all the hard work.

  9. We're having burgers and apple pie. :)

  10. These are some good eats! Great line up.

    Thanks for the heads up on the Italian beef. I did miss that post somehow. I love the idea of cooking it with peppers!

  11. What a comprehensive listing of recipes and ideas. You really are amazing, Mary. you have my mouth watering :-).

  12. Thanks for the great ideas Mary...Easter is gettting close and I need to get busy and figure out my menu.I want to have them all! :)

  13. Oh gosh, I'm getting hungry! Will have to check out the breakfast ideas for Easter brunch - am I'm coming back for the sangria recipe!


  14. I have to work that day so I'll probably be having Lean Cuisine..ha! I love the looks of that corn spoon bread though.

  15. Thank you so much for your hard work and for sharing your gift of cooking. It is truly appreciated. Do you gave shrimp mirilton casserole recipe? I really would love one. Thank you.

  16. Thank you for sharing you gift of cooking and the heart you have for your bloggers. You are the best and I am so glad I found you. Everything is always so yummy. I wanted to ask if you have a recipe for a shrimp mirilton casserole?

    1. Hi Maria! It's a variation at the bottom of the stuffed mirliton recipe here:

  17. Thank you so much! I live in Pineville, La and your website is my go-to for all holidays, family gatherings, and most dinners in our home. I completely trust every recipe you have, and know that it will be a hit amongst the crowd! Because of your recipes my family thinks that I am a good cook :)

  18. What a beautiful Southern Easter Menu. I am planning on making your version of Spinach Madeleine, as this is a huge hit with my family. I was really hoping to find a recipe for a Fresh Coconut Cake. This is always a "MUST" have at our Easter dinners, and I knew you would have a fantastic recipe, maybe next year...

    1. Thank you so much Kimberlee and that cake was intended but I just didn't get to it again before the time was here again! I'll probably get around to the shortcut one made with a mix soon but I do want to get a good southern scratch cake up for Easter at some point.

  19. So many of my mother's recipes were never written down anywhere. She just knew how to make them. Thanks for helping me share some really terrific dishes to my family.

    1. You're so welcome Gail!! You know, that was one of the reasons I seriously dove into this website really. So many of the older recipes are becoming lost because our great grandparents and grandparents, and really even our moms didn't have the technology we do. I hope that you find some of those treasures here!

  20. Already have! Your Easter menu is truly fabulous. Thank you.

  21. Love,Love,Love your recipes.Im heading to North Carolina for Easter to spend with inlaws. My husband was from there and I just love Southern cooking. Have tried several of your recipes.Delishious. Cant wait to get your cook book.

    1. Thank you SO much - I really appreciate the support!

  22. Thanks for this, there are just so many ideas that I don't even know where I can start!


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