Our Best Easter Recipes

Find our best recipes for Easter brunch and dinner, from deviled eggs to perfect ham and sweet desserts from Food Network.
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Baked Ham with Brown Sugar Mustard Glaze

Sugar, mustard and vinegar are the only ingredients you need for this easy glazed Easter ham.

Get the Recipe: Baked Ham with Brown Sugar Mustard Glaze

Banana Crunch Muffins

The key to making an easy brunch: make-ahead breakfast ideas. Ina makes muffin mix the day before her party then scoops the batter and bakes them the next morning.

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Ina's Orange Baked Ham

Ina dolls up ham with a glaze that comes at you with three types of orange flavor: marmalade, juice and the zest.

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Simple Scalloped Potatoes

This basic version of scalloped potatoes has a chicken broth-milk sauce and a Gruyere topping. Use a mandoline for quick, even potato slices.

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Creamy Spring Peas

Sweet peas and smoky pancetta is a classic combination; Food Network Magazine finished this version with a lemony cream sauce.

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Tyler's Tangerine-Glazed Easter Ham

Tyler studs the glaze with thin slices of fresh tangerine, creating crispy caramelized fruit and a beautiful presentation.

Get the Recipe: Tangerine-Glazed Easter Ham With Baby Carrots

Classic Glazed Ham

Get Food Network Magazine's tips on choosing the best-quality ham, then choose one of four mix-and-match glazes for a delicious, customized main dish.

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Hot Cross Buns

Make these fresh sweet buns part of your Easter tradition. Plumped currants and lemon zest-spiked glaze dress these up for the holiday.

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Sandra's Easter Bunny Centerpiece

Here's an easy way to add whimsy to your Easter spread: Sandra shapes cherry-flavored cookie dough into bunny shapes and places them in their own little habitat for guests to appreciate before enjoying them as dessert.

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Asparagus and Cheese Tart

Take advantage of fresh asparagus by making this impressive springtime tart.

Asparagus and Cheese Tart: Asparagus and Cheese Tart

Ricotta, Ham and Scallion Tart

This simple brunch-perfect tart starts with a store-bought pizza crust. Fill it with creamy ricotta, ham, egg and scallions.

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Herbed Leg of Lamb

Flavor the lamb with a paste made from scallions, parsley, dill, celery and garlic, then roast alongside turnips and scallions.

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Four-Cheese Scalloped Potatoes

To make this decadent side dish, layer thinly sliced potatoes with heavy cream and mozzarella, asiago and raclette cheeses. Top with Parmesan cheese and bake until bubbly.

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Melissa's Asparagus With Tangy-Smoky Dressing

Eggs and asparagus is a classic French combination. Top steamed asparagus with chopped boiled eggs, then dress it with Melissa's mustard vinaigrette.

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Raspberry-Lemon Easter Cake

This adorable cake is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Kids will love the festive bunny-shaped sugar-cookie decorations, and adults will appreciate the moist lemon cake and not-too-sweet raspberry filling.

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Cherry Limeade

This refreshing sweet-tart drink goes great with brunch or any festive springtime meal.

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Giada's Easter Pie

Easter pie is an Italian springtime tradition, but it's easy enough to make year round. Giada's sweet version has a ricotta-orange filling with a tender phyllo dough shell.

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Alton's Carrot Cake

Top this dense carrot cake with homemade cream cheese frosting — a classic crowd pleaser!

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Fresh Broccoli Salad

Alton's salad gets extra crunch from toasted pecans or hazelnuts.

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Popovers

As a light and airy option for your bread basket, popovers taste great fresh from the oven and topped with butter or jam.

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Alton's Crown Roast of Lamb

This is an amazing cut of meat for a special occasion. Follow Alton's lead to cook it up perfectly.

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Fresh Strawberry Bellini

Savor the first strawberries of the season with this fresh mix of pureed fruit and Prosecco. For kid-friendly Bellinis, substitute sparkling water for the wine.

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Michael Symon's Lamb Chops With Eggplant Caponata

Caponata, an Italian relish, is ideal for the holidays: You can make it ahead and keep it in the fridge for about a week.

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Ginger-Peach Glazed Ham

Glaze your holiday ham with a flavor-packed glaze made from peach preserves, mustard, ginger and raspberry vinegar.

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Sage Potatoes Au Gratin

Manchego cheese and heavy cream coat sliced russet potatoes for Sunny's decadent side dish.

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Little Lemon Meringue Pies

Make these adorable individually sized pies in muffin tins for easy portioning. Fill each one with tart lemon custard and a dollop of meringue.

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Roasted Asparagus

No Easter menu would be complete without the all-star spring vegetable, asparagus. Roast it with oil, salt and pepper to bring out its natural flavors.

Get the Recipe: Roasted Asparagus

The Cutest Easter Cupcakes

Make 11 adorable Easter cupcakes, from little lambs to chicks to spring-hued flowers, with one vanilla cupcake batter.

Decorating Ideas: Cutest-Ever Easter Cupcakes

Melissa's Easter Ham

Dress up a spiral-sliced ham with Melissa's simple cherry and spice glaze. Plus, get her tips for keeping your ham extra juicy.

Get the Recipe: Baked Ham with Spiced Cherry Glaze

Sandra's Blueberry Lattice Cake

Just use white chocolate pudding mix and canned blueberries to flavor Sandra Lee’s easy cake. The real hard work will show once you’ve dressed it up.

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Risotto with Yogurt and Peas

Parmesan cheese and nonfat Greek yogurt are stirred into risotto to make this dish extra-creamy.

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Fresh Ham with Tuscan Bread Stuffing

This centerpiece dish will be well worth the time and care. Following Tyler's recipe, you'll make ham broth from scratch, a rich stuffing with pine nuts and olives and treat your ham to a rubdown of a flavor-packed herb paste before those flavors meld together as they roast for hours.

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Natural Dyes for Easter Eggs

This year, create beautiful Easter eggs using all-natural dyes made from food products.

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Alton's Ambrosia Salad

Serve up a tropical melding of textures and flavors with Alton's ambrosia; whip it up ahead of time so it can chill.

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Chunky Egg Salad

Enjoy a variety of textures and classic flavors from celery, whole-grain mustard and chopped boiled eggs in this fuss-free egg salad.

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Greek Easter Bread

Bake a beautiful loaf of this traditional bread to celebrate Easter.

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Hot Cross Buns

Make these sweetly spiced little yeast buns for an Easter gathering and watch as they disappear.

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Giada's Mini Pineapple Cakes

This simplified version of classic pineapple upside-down cake starts with your favorite white cake mix. Giada uses fresh pineapple for the topping, then cooks the individually sized cakes in mini Bundt pans.

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Giada's Pancetta-Wrapped Pork Roast

Giada treats this pork loin to a garlic-rosemary-thyme paste before locking the flavors in a pancetta wrapping.

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Marmalade-Glazed Carrots

This sweet side dish is glazed with an orange juice-marmalade glaze and topped with candied pecans. For a showstopping presentation, look for these multicolored carrots at your farmers' market or natural foods store.

Get the Recipe: Marmalade-Glazed Carrots With Candied Pecans

Stewed Turnip Greens

This hands-off side dish is simple to prep while you're working on the rest of the meal. Simmer the greens with some garlic and a little olive oil until tender.

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Steamed Asparagus

Olive oil, salt, pepper and lemon are all of the ingredients you need to make easy-to-steam asparagus.

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Rhubarb Compote

Stew slightly sour rhubarb with sugar, honey and cinnamon until it's soft enough to spoon over vanilla ice cream.

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Rachael's Cobb Style Meat Loaf, Spinach Salad with Dijon Dressing

Use some of your Easter hard-boiled eggs in this meatloaf recipe for an unexpected treat.

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Michael Symon's Baklava

Michael has been watching his mom make baklava since he was 4. We can't imagine that you'll have leftovers of this delightfully sticky treat, but if you do, you can freeze it (once the syrup is absorbed) for up to a month, then just thaw it at room temperature.

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Sweet and Smokey Spanish-Style Ham

Sweet smoked paprika and garlic powder are the key ingredients to making this mustard-coated ham.

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Brandy Peppercorn Honey Glazed Ham

A bit of brandy, honey and cracker peppercorns give great flavor to this juicy Easter ham.

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Double Mustard and Herb Crusted Ham

Dijon mustard and whole grain mustard are brushed over the ham before being patted with panko breadcrumbs.

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Citrus Jalapeno Glazed Ham

Hot pepper jelly and sliced jalapenos give this ham a spicy kick.

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Peach Ginger Glazed Ham

Reduce jarred peach preserves with lemon and ginger before brushing over a bone-in ham.

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Baked Ham With Spiced Cherry Glaze

Melissa's baked ham is glazed with cherry preserves, horseradish sauce, brown sugar, cinnamon, cumin and more.

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Peas and Pancetta

What could possibly make shelled fresh peas more delicious? Diced pancetta.

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Roasted Rainbow Carrots

Rainbow carrots need only olive oil, salt and chopped chives to become a colorful side dish.

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Whipped Parsnips

Sour cream and butter turn parsnips and potatoes into a creamy side dish.

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Asparagus with Bacon Sabayon

Whisk bacon drippings into a simple sabayon sauce and serve over steamed asparagus.

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Creamed Vidalia Onions

Stir vidalia onion wedges with a white wine and cream sauce before topping with a panko crumb mixture and baking until golden brown.

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Quick Herb and Cheese Monkey Bread

Prepared biscuit dough is the base for this pull-apart loaf, which is formed by rolling the dough in olive oil and herbs before piling in a bundt pan, which helps turn the loaf crispy and golden brown. Our tasters called them the Southern version of pizza-shop garlic knots.

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French Toast Casserole with Brown Sugar-Walnut Crumble

This is a glorious dish to make for brunch guests: You soak the bread in eggs overnight, so the next morning all you have to do is top the casserole with streusel and bake. The overnight soak makes the finished French toast almost like a custardy souffle.

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Southern Banana Pudding

Not-too-sweet vanilla custard gets a blanket of soft toasted meringue in this Southern-style banana pudding. We let the pudding base sit overnight so the cookies soften and the banana flavor infuses the custard, but if you like your cookies crisp, top the pudding with meringue and bake without resting.

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Baked Mac and Cheese

In classic Southern style, this is a baked mac and cheese set in a light egg custard and flavored with sharp yellow Cheddar. Creamy and moist, it bridges the gap between those who like their mac and cheese sliceable and those who prefer to spoon it, oozing, from the pot.

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Pickled Eggs

Here's a great recipe for leftover Easter eggs or any eggs you happen to have in your fridge. The combination of coriander seeds, yellow mustard seeds and fresh dill makes for a delicious bite.

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Easter Bread

This light and airy bread is just sweet enough to go along with your traditional Easter dinner. (Add up to 1/2 teaspoon almond extract with the eggs if you prefer it a little sweeter.) Make it the day before, and if you have any left over, make amazing French toast with it the day after!

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Beety Pickled Eggs

With some pickled-beet juice and thinly sliced red onion, classic pickled eggs get a pink twist. Serve as a snack or alongside a leafy green salad.

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Ham Salad

Don't know what to do with all that leftover ham from Easter? Try this fast and easy ham salad with tangy mustard and crunchy celery. Enjoy it in a sandwich or just on its own.

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Golden Pickled Eggs with Carrots

You can thank a healthy dose of turmeric for these beautiful sunny-yellow eggs. Whole coriander seeds and mustard seeds impart great flavor depth, too.

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Crispy Easter Eggs

Stuff egg-shaped crispy rice treats with chocolate candy eggs, and roll each one in colorful sprinkles for a festive Easter look.

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Lemon Curd

To achieve the perfect level of pucker, Ina uses the zest of three lemons, plus lemon juice, to balance sweet and sour in her classic lemon curd. Once it's cooled and ready in the fridge, go ahead and use it in a variety of desserts.

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Chocolate Pastel Easter Cake with a Chocolate Vermicelli Nest

Moist chocolate cake is frosted with an easy, fluffy buttercream and topped with a chocolate nest for this festive Easter dessert. The nest is made from fried rice vermicelli, lightly salted and coated in chocolate for a crispy treat. 

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Leftover Easter Candy Crispy Treats

Leftover Easter candy transforms crispy rice treats into a colorful snack that's super fun to eat. With loads of different textures and flavors at play, every bite is a surprise.

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Potato Nests with Peas, Ham and Cream Cheese

This elegant appetizer comes together easily with simple, time-saving ingredients. Frozen hash browns are pressed into mini muffin tins and baked into crispy nests filled with ham, lemony cream cheese, and peas. Serve them at your Easter dinner or spring cocktail party.

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Easter Dinner on Two Sheet Pans

Easter dinner for four comes together easily in a little over an hour when you cook it on a pair of sheet trays. With tender asparagus, sweet glazed carrots, a decadent potato gratin, roasted ham, and even homemade biscuits, there's plenty to eat with little fuss.

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Coconut Bunny Butt Cake

Crushed pineapple in the batter gives this cake a dense pound cake-like texture, which is helpful when anchoring the cupcakes and decorating. The cakes and cupcakes can be made a day ahead and wrapped in plastic wrap. Don't worry if you're frosting job doesn't look perfect -- covering the cake with coconut hides every flaw.

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Bunny Butt Carrot Cake Pancakes

These pancakes incorporate all of the familiar flavors of carrot cake, including cream cheese frosting, into one adorable breakfast. We like them best with honey, but you may also serve them with maple syrup.

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Bunny Butt Marshmallow Pops

These cute bunnies are so easy to put together. They make a fun party favor or Easter-basket treat when wrapped in clear cellophane bags and tied with a pastel ribbon.

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Bunny Butt Sundae Cone

These fun and easy treats will have everybody smiling. The cones can be assembled earlier in the day and frozen until party time.

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Bunny Butt Doughnut

Here's an easy and adorable way to dress up plain cake doughnuts for Easter that requires no special tools or techniques. It's best to start with non-sugared plain doughnuts so all of the bunny parts stick.

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Pavlova Eggs with Lemon Curd

This fun and beautiful Easter treat is deceptively easy to make. Simply fill sweet meringues with a tart homemade lemon curd (or buy the jarred kind). To get the most volume when making your meringues, make sure the beaters and bowl are super clean.

Pavlova Easter Eggs with Lemon Curd

Chocolate Malt Nest Cake

This decadent cake is an edible display for your Easter candy too. Candy eggs fill the "nest" made of entirely of chocolate-flavored cake, frosting and cereal coating. Your guests will be dying to dig in.

 

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Mini Egg Cupcakes

Package these mini cupcakes in egg cartons as a hostess gift for your Easter celebration.

 

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Easter Egg Cake

All it takes is two layers of chocolate cake, buttercream frosting and a couple handfuls of pretty colored candies for this festive Easter dessert.

 

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Citrus Macarons

French macarons take some TLC, but these pastel cookies are worth the effort.

 

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Spiced Avocado Toast with Citrus-Cured Salmon and Poached Egg

Spice-poached eggs, citrus-cured salmon, everything spice and a homemade arugula pesto make this avocado toast fancy enough for Easter brunch.

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