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Easter Menu Planning, by Vanessa, Senior Editor at Allrecipes 
Mar. 20, 2012 11:45 am 
Updated: Mar. 23, 2012 5:00 pm

How is it that my husband and I were raised on opposite sides of the United States—with entirely different cultural backgrounds—yet our mothers prepared identical menus for Easter? Ham dotted with pineapple and maraschino cherries? Check! Creamy scalloped potatoes? Check! Green beans? You bet! (Okay, so his mom overcooked them and mine didn’t. But still—there they were nestled under their crispy French-fried onion crust.) It’s like our moms were reading from the same household manual. In fact, I’m pretty sure my husband’s grandmothers also served up those very same Easter dishes.

Not that there’s anything wrong with ham and all the fixings. In fact, that traditional lineup is the first thing I think of when I start pulling together recipes for the annualAllrecipes Easter feature.

Turns out I’m not alone. When I look at the recipes our home cooks search for in the weeks leading up to Easter, the clear winners are—wait for it—baked hamcreamy potatoes, and green bean casserole!

There’s more on our readers’ menus, of course, including deviled eggsasparagus, andlamb.

And this should come as no surprise—our home cooks are also on the hunt for recipes to use up all the
yummy Easter leftovers.

And for dessert? Easter bunny cake hops in along with cheesecakecarrot cake, andcoconut cake.

Lately I’ve added a new tradition to my own family’s Easter menu—sweet Easter breads.

Around my house, it disappears faster than Easter candy.

You can check out more top-rated recipes for Easter dinners, brunches, and Easter egg hunts. You’ll find a whole lot more besides ham. But if it’s ham you want—oh boy, do we have ham for you!

So, what’s on YOUR menu this Easter? Please leave a comment—we’d love to hear from you.

Have a delicious Easter,
~Vanessa Greaves
Senior Editor, Allrecipes.com
Mar. 20, 2012 4:21 pm
Asparagus and mushroom crepes, green salad with fennel and orange, platter of fresh strawberries and pineapple along with a dessert that will include coconut. This is most likely what we will have but nothing has been decided.
Mar. 21, 2012 11:35 am
We always had leg of lamb with roasted potatoes, minted early green peas, early asparagus, homemade rolls, fruit salad, and my grandmothers award winning coconut cake. I still cook most of the meal for my family although I do skip the cake.
Mar. 22, 2012 4:54 am
I'm going to have to keep it simple this year. Hubby's Birthday is the next day. I'll probably do Ham, fresh green beans, and not sure about the side. Those cheesy potatoes sound really good. And cupcakes.
Mar. 22, 2012 11:57 am
Thank you for sharing! All your menu's sound delicious!
Mar. 23, 2012 5:00 pm
Sounds delicious. Coming from England our Easter menu is a little different. For Good Friday, you just have to have Hot Cross Buns, easter sunday is traditionally Roast Lamb served with roast potatoes and a selection of vegetables. The kids have chocolate easter eggs too, not the baskets like you see here!
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