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 website 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
Classic Potato Salad
Seven Layer Pasta Salad
Seven Layer Salad or
Cornbread Salad

Boneless Prime Rib Beef Roast with au Jus or
Baked Ham

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
Egg, Biscuit and Sausage Gravy Breakfast Casserole
Breakfast Tater Tot Casserole
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
Easy Apple Pie Skillet Biscuits
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
Classic Pimento Cheese
Green Chile Cheese Squares
Sausage Cheese Balls
Chipped Beef Cheeseball
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
Strawberry Spinach 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
Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette
Old Fashioned Broccoli Salad
Copper Pennies
Macaroni Salad
Supreme Pasta 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

Pineapple Orange Fluff Fruit Salad
Pear Salad
Grape Salad
Spiced Peaches
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
Garlic Parmesan Knots
More Breads

Soup Course

Corn Chowder with Shrimp
Creamy Oyster Stew
Shortcut Crawfish Corn Bisque
Slow Cooker Greens and Potlikker Soup

Main Course

Boneless Prime Rib Beef Roast with au Jus
Apple and Pineapple "Jezebel" Glazed Ham 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
Monte's Brown Sugar Orange Glazed Baked 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 
Braised 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
Scalloped Corn Casserole
Rotel Corn Casserole
Maque Choux
Cabbage Casserole
Basic Boiled Cabbage

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
Unbundled Green Beans with Brown Sugar Sauce
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
Oven-Roasted Asparagus
Skillet Asparagus
Asparagus Bundles
Green Bean Bundles
Honey Roasted Carrots
Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots
Julia Child Glazed Carrots
Maple Glazed Baby Carrots
Instant Pot Honey Glazed Carrots
Roasted Carrots and Sweet Potatoes
Southern Style Creamed Peas

Cheesy Baked Mashed Potatoes
Loaded Twice-Baked Potato Casserole
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
Sweet Potato Banana Crunch

Cajun Rice Dressing
Crawfish (or Shrimp) Rice Dressing
Classic Oyster Dressing
Traditional Southern Cornbread Dressing
Cornbread Sage Dressing
Southern Style Potato Salad
Cajun Potato Salad
Sour Cream Smashed Potato Salad
French 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

Strawberries and Custard
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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