Holidays mean family and family means dinner! The traditional fare for Easter Sunday comes in two varieties: ham or standing rib roast.
While those are tried and true staples, sometimes it's nice to get a little adventurous. We have 9 Easter recipes to tickle your tastebuds and fancy up your fête.
1. Easter Bunny Trail Mix
Instead of the typical mid-morning snack, mix up a batch of Easter Bunny Trail Mix. The "carrots" are dried fruit! This is practically a health food!
2. Strawberry Spinach Salad
A strawberry spinach salad makes an excellent starter for your Easter Sunday dinner. The colors are vibrant making it pretty AND delicious.
3. Ham Steaks
Instead of the traditional spiral sliced ham, go for ham steaks on Easter Sunday. Topped with a maple-bourbon glaze, it's bound to be amazing.
4. Braised Beef Shanks
If pork isn't your thing, go for braised beef shanks over a cheesy polenta! These cook slow, so give yourself plenty of time for optimum tenderness!
5. Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs
You have ALL those eggs laying around from the hunts, right? Turn them into Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs and serve them with dinner.
6. Stovetop Mac and Cheese
Mac and cheese is the ultimate comfort food and a perfect side for almost any main course. This stovetop mac and cheese cooks up as creamy as those cooked in the oven.
7. Easter Egg Italian Bread
Here's another use for all those eggs! But don't boil them yet! This Easter Egg Italian bread starts with dyed, raw eggs! It's also pretty to look at!
8. Gluten Free Pretzel Bread
With this gluten free pretzel bread, there will be something for everyone at your table. Serve these as rolls with your meal, or slice and make sandwiches with leftovers! Mmm!
9. Coconut Truffles
Instead of cakes or pies this Easter, serve these tasty two-bite coconut truffles! If you have any left over, freeze them for a midnight snack!
If your little ones are like most, they eat breakfast and then they're almost immediately hungry again. Make up a batch of Easter Trail Mix to hold them over between breakfast and lunch. It's cute and there's FRUIT! They won't even know they're eating something healthy because it's just so adorable!
This would also make an excellent Easter egg hunt snack food!
To get a little "rabbit food" in your Sunday afternoon spread, try a strawberry-spinach salad with feta and balsamic vinegar! It's light and good for you and it looks great on a plate!
When it's time for the main course, you have options! Try a twist on the traditional ham or braising some beef short ribs instead of a roast.
Family get-togethers can be kind of stressful. Calm your nerves with some comfort food in the form of stovetop mac and cheese! This creamy dish is every big as good as the kind you would bake in the oven and just as tasty. Bonus? This one's actually good for more than just your soul!
It's Easter, so you probably have about three dozen more eggs than you'll ever eat or actually need. What are you going to do with them all?
Devil them, that's what, and throw in some salmon while you're at it! Or, you could bake them into Easter Egg Italian bread!
No holiday meal is complete without dessert. For finger-food fare, finish off the dinner with two-bite coconut truffles.
Or take a look at one of these pies and whip one up!
1. Apple Pi
How awesome is this Apple Pi Pie? This is for the serious fan of 3.14.
2. Shepherd's Pie
Shepherd's Pie is pretty hearty! The good news is this Irish staple doubles up for a good St. Patrick's Day celebration meal! Pair it with a Guinness!
3. Pineapple Pie
Another awesome Pi Pie, this Pineapple pie looks divine!
4. Pizza Pi Pie
If sweet treats aren't your thing, what about a new spin on an old classic: the Pizza Pi Pie.
5. Pecan Pie
Mmm. Pecan pie. Alternate variations: Add chocolate chips or throw in a little bourbon and make it a Kentucky Derby Pie.
6. Sea Monster Pie
If you want your kids to try new things, here's one for the sea creature loving tots among us.
7. Whoopie Pie
Whoopie pies are small and easy to eat! The cream filling and the soft cake-like outer layers make this a definite treat!
8. Frito Pie
Ooooh, the Frito Pie! And look! Serving the pie IN THE BAG means NO DISHES!
9. Chocolate Mousse Pie
This chocolate mousse pie will make your sweet tooth tingle! Don't forget to brush after you eat!
10. Banana Cream Pie
Bananas are fruit, so this banana cream pie is basically a health food.
11. Bacon Pie
Who doesn't love bacon? Use strips of the salty meat in place of your usual lattice for a nice blend of savory and sweet!
12. Apple Pie
As American as...
13. Key Lime Pie
For those who like a little tart with their tarts, the Key Lime Pie is for you.
14. Chicken Pot Pie
For those who don't know their way around the kitchen, Banquet has you covered.