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40 Inspiring Easter Recipes

Make your Easter menu memorable with our recipes for breakfast, brunch or dinner.

Sugared Bacon Wrapped Smokies

Bacon, smoked links and brown sugar combine for a sweet-and-salty brunch sausage.

Sugared Bacon Wrapped Smokies

Garlic-Roasted Chicken with Lemons and Vegetables

This flavor-packed dish combines garlic-infused chicken with perfectly cooked vegetables. Roasting the lemon in the pan brings out its flavor.

Garlic-Roasted Chicken with Lemons and Vegetables

Eggs Benedict with Maltaise Sauce

What's Maltaise Sauce, you ask? It's just hollandaise sauce with a bit of orange zest and juice added. But you wouldn't believe how that bit of zing transforms this brunch standard.

Eggs Benedict with Maltaise Sauce

Easter-egg rolls

For Easter-egg rolls, thaw frozen dinner rolls (such as Rhode’s) according to package directions. Gently form rolls into egg shapes; let rise 1 hour. For each color, in a small bowl, whisk 1 egg yolk,
2 teaspoons water and food coloring. Brush “paint” on rolls. (For stronger color, do a second coat.) Bake as directed. Serve nestled in a basket.

Bacon-Asparagus Strata

Asparagus, bacon and roasted red sweet peppers update a classic breakfast casserole mix of eggs, bread and cheese.

Bacon-Asparagus Strata 

Chai-Spiced Compote

Inexpensive chai tea bags infuse Chai-Spiced Compote with the tongue-tingling flavors of ginger, cloves and cardamom. Because the recipe calls for frozen peaches and cherries, you can make this colorful fruit dessert year-round. If you're watching fat or calories, leave off the pecans and coconut and just enjoy the flavorful fruit.

Chai-Spiced Compote

Grilled Lamb Chops with Feta Salad

Feta cheese adds salty punch to a colorful salad from Chef Michael Symon. He recommends serving the salad with lamb chops, but it would work great with any grilled meat.

Grilled Lamb Chops with Feta Salad 

Zippy Cinnamon Rolls

Create these easy, gooey-good rolls by combining frozen bread dough and pudding mix. They'll taste like you spent all morning baking!

Zippy Cinnamon Rolls

Lemon Curd Tart

"The lemon curd is one of our favorite workhorses," says Patrick Groth of Incredibly Delicious in Springfield, Illinois. "My mother, who has worked for us for the last 16 years, is the only one who makes it. Hers is perfect, tart and smooth."

Lemon Curd Tart

Glazed Easter Ham

Choose from four glazes—lemon, stout, apricot-cherry and peach-pineapple—for your Easter ham this year.

Glazed Easter Ham

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Warm Blueberry Compote

Rise and shine with these special-occasion pancakes from chef Mindy Segal of Mindy’s HotChocolate Restaurant and Dessert Bar in Chicago. Ricotta makes them moist and rich; lemon curd gives sweet-tart punch.

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Warm Blueberry Compote

Scrambled Eggs in Potato Nests

Make this egg dish in just 20 minutes. Packaged hash browns form the nest, and the filling is a simple scramble of eggs and chives topped with cheese.

Scrambled Eggs in Potato Nests

Maple Butter Twists

These breakfast rolls are a family tradition with Jean Haviland of Carroll, Iowa. "My mom made these rolls with a maple-cream filling—and still does!" she says. "Mom always makes extra and freezes them for later. They're great for breakfast or any time of day!"

Maple Butter Twists

Roast Rack of Lamb with Cider Glaze

Roast whole apples to go with your rack of lamb, served with a simple apple cider glaze. The recipe comes from L'Etoile in Madison, Wisconsin, known for its menu that highlights locally grown ingredients.

Roast Rack of Lamb with Cider Glaze

Easter Egg Potatoes

Turn small baked potatoes into Easter egg shapes by mashing the pulp with sour cream and seasonings, and then standing the potatoes on end. It's an easy side you can prepare the day before Easter.

Easter Egg Potatoes

Asparagus-Ham Bake

Bake a hearty breakfast or brunch casserole with cubed ham, fresh or frozen asparagus, rice and Swiss cheese. A sprinkle of panko mixed with melted butter gives the dish a crispy topping.

Asparagus-Ham Bake 

Spinach Quiche a la Goldmoor

An easy-to-use frozen spinach souffle makes this quiche's eggy-sausage filling easy to prepare. The recipe is from the Goldmoor Inn near Galena, Illinois.

Spinach Quiche a la Goldmoor

Easter Egg Cookies

Get creative with your cookie-making for Easter! Try piping your designs with our Easter Egg Cookies recipe, or use a cookie cutter with the recipe for Easter Sugar Cookie Cutouts.

Wheat grass makes a cozy resting spot for spring cookies. Look for it in the produce section of major supermarkets, or check at large health food stores.

Easter Egg Cookies

Easter Sugar Cookie Cutouts

Blueberry Surprise French Toast Casserole

Cream cheese is the secret ingredient in this casserole, which gets a generous topping of blueberry or maple syrup. You can assemble the casserole the night before your Easter brunch.

Blueberry Surprise French Toast Casserole

Deviled Eggs

Put together a traditional version of this classic Easter dish or try our variations for Italian-Style, Greek-Style, Curry and Crab or Chipotle Deviled Eggs.

Deviled Eggs

Any-Flavor Mini Quiche

Talk about easy! You can prep these delicious little quiches the night before, or make them in the morning while the oven preheats. They're perfect for brunch parties, and you can use whatever meat, cheese and veggies you have on hand.

Any-Flavor Mini Quiche

Healthy Green Bean Casserole

Bread crumbs combine with tender, sweet onion to top this casserole, while low-sodium soup mixes with yogurt for the green bean sauce.

Healthy Green Bean Casserole

Best Carrot-Pineapple Cake

Cream cheese frosting crowns a rich, moist and nutty carrot cake. Cinnamon and allspice add just the right spiciness.

Best Carrot-Pineapple Cake

Sugared Bacon Wrapped Smokies

Bacon, smoked links and brown sugar combine for a sweet-and-salty brunch sausage.

Sugared Bacon Wrapped Smokies

Very Cherry Hazelnut Coffee Cake

David Dahlman of Chatsworth, California, says this yeasty coffee cake reminds him of the old-fashioned, down-to-earth treats on his grandmother's farm table. It takes time because it's a yeast-leavened dough, but there's no kneading required.

Very Cherry Hazelnut Coffee Cake

Fingerling Potato Salad with Honey-Thyme Vinaigrette

This potato salad from Chicago chef Myk Banas will bring fresh-from-the-garden taste to your Easter table.

Fingerling Potato Salad with Honey-Thyme Vinaigrette

Fresh veggie sensation

Play up fresh this Easter with an easy side dish. Marinate fresh asparagus, red pepper, yellow zucchini, shaved carrots and cremini mushrooms in extra virgin olive oil with some kosher salt and black pepper. Drain off the marinade and pan-roast the mix in a sizzling-hot saute pan with 1/4 cup canola oil for 2 minutes. Add shaved garlic and minced shallots for the last 30 seconds.

Hash Brown Casserole

Here's a somewhat lightened version of a popular potato casserole recipe that's great for Easter brunch or dinner. 

Hash Brown Casserole

Easy Banana Nut Bread

Make a couple of these easy nut-filled banana bread loaves—they'll keep up to a month in your freezer. Overwrap loaf in plastic wrap and place in a freezerproof bag. Thaw at room temp.

Easy Banana Nut Bread

Lazy Morning Sausage Pie

Lyndy Ireland cooks breakfast favorites for her guests at Triangle Ranch in western South Dakota. She tops this Sausage Pie with refreshing salsa.

Lazy Morning Sausage Pie

Creamy Scalloped Potatoes

This rich side dish earns compliments at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Dearborn, Michigan - just as it will from your Easter guests. Because potatoes can darken once sliced, prepare this dish right before you plan to bake it.

Creamy Scalloped Potatoes

Asparagus Scramble Biscuits

This recipe starts with square bacon-flecked cornmeal biscuits you can make ahead. On Easter morning, scramble the egg-veggie mixture, fill the biscuits, and bake to heat and melt the cheese.

Asparagus Scramble Biscuits

Herbed Egg-Potato Bake

You can assemble the cheesy Herbed Egg-Potato Bake up to two days ahead and refrigerate it.

Herbed Egg-Potato Breakfast

Very Cherry-Stuffed French Toast

Take French toast to another level for Easter. Tuck cherry pie filling and cream cheese between cinnamon-flavored bread slices for this breakfast sensation from a Dale, Wisconsin, restaurant.

Very Cherry-Stuffed French Toast

Patsy's Egg Casserole

Midwest Living Creative Director Geri Boesen credits her mother-in-law, Patsy, for creating this easy sausage-and-cheese brunch recipe, a popular food at family holiday gatherings. "It's nice because you can make it the day ahead and put it in the fridge overnight," Geri says.

Patsy's Egg Casserole

Hint-of-Orange Pancakes with Grapefruit Syrup

This recipe couldn't be simpler! Just simmer grapefruit slices in maple syrup for a delicious, rosy compote to serve over waffles, French toast, crepes—or these subtly orange-flavored pancakes.

Hint-of-Orange Pancakes with Grapefruit Syrup

Fresh Fruit with Orange-Honey Yogurt Sauce

Add a dash of color to your Easter table by borrowing from the spa menu at Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago, where guests are pampered with a rainbow of fruit with yogurt sauce on the side.

Fresh Fruit with Orange-Honey Yogurt Sauce

Peach Cordial Mini Bundt Cakes

The memory of a childhood orchard trip inspired Melinsa Murphey of Olathe, Kansas, to create this recipe. The cakes are moist and sweet and quite generously proportioned, so you may want to serve a half-cake to each person (or bake them in muffin cups instead).

Peach Cordial Mini Bundt Cakes

Chocolate Pavlova

Pavlova, a meringue dessert named for Russian ballet dancer Anna Pavlova, gets a chocolate makeover in this recipe from Chicago pastry chef Gale Gand. Top the pavlova with whipped cream and sliced fresh fruit.

Chocolate Pavlova

Tinted Angel Cake

The many colors of Kool-Aid, a Nebraska invention, provide an array of choices for this angel food cake that starts with a mix. Pink lemonade Kool-Aid adds a spring pastel prettiness and a delicate flavor to Tinted Angel Cake. The Tropical Punch version gives the cake flavor that's as intense as its color.

Tinted Angel Cake

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