Curate a delicious Easter meal with these simple recipes

Ham, a traditional Easter dinner staple, will be a family feast choice at Der Dutchman in Plain
Ham, a traditional Easter dinner staple, will be a family feast choice at Der Dutchman in Plain / Laura Kurella/Journal / USA TODAY

While ham might be the most popular Easter food served at the celebration, a delicious Easter meal is more than just one protein on the table. From quick bites to sweet endings, these food ideas will have everyone leaving the table satisfied.

Whether the meal is served as a buffet or family style, a great Easter meal is usually an abundant feast. Some people might prefer that mid-day brunch and others might celebrate later in the day. No matter the time on the clock, the food spread should have many options.

Although variety is key, the flavors need to have some type of connection. Serving a traditional ham with a papaya salad might not necessarily be the most optimum choice. Balancing flavors to make a cohesive meal can make the experience more enjoyable.

For example, Southern Corn Pudding can be a lovely side dish for a side dish for a ham meal. Made with Duncan Hines Dolly Parton’s Sweet Cornbread, the side dish might take a little shine from the ham. Still, the flavor of this simple, delicious dish will have everyone asking for seconds.

Also a vegetable forward dish, like Swanson’s Baked Veggie and Farro Salad with Creamy Whipped Feta is a great choice for Easter dinner. Whether enjoyed warm or cold, the various textures in this salad make for an enjoyable eating experience.

Lastly, since the meal needs to end on a sweet note, a Carrot Cake Trifle is a great choice. Even though many people might have had their full of Easter candy, this layered dessert captures the flavor of a traditional carrot cake but it is served in a different way. In addition, the dessert allows people to have a little or an extra serving to end the meal.

Curating a delicious Easter meal is not difficult. It just takes a little planning and flavor thought to make the eating enjoyment more satisfying.