Slow Cooker Dinner Recipes for Easter to Make Your Holiday Menu Easier Than Ever
Ham with Five-Spice Cherry Sauce
“5 stars—killer! Guests raved and one called it her ‘new favorite ham EVER!’” says one BH&G home cook of this Easter ham recipe. With only seven ingredients, a traditional Easter dinner entree has never been easier—or more delicious. This sweet cherry glaze balances the cloves for an incredible flavor that's sure to become your family's holiday favorite.
Provolone Prosciutto Green Bean Casserole
Frozen, fresh, or canned—you can’t go wrong when you add green beans to your Easter dinner menu. Prosciutto, provolone cheese, and Worcestershire sauce combine with the classic spring vegetable for an appetizing side dish. Topped with panko bread crumbs (or crushed rice or corn cereal for a gluten-free variation) for a satisfying crunchy component.
Don’t drink soda alongside dinner. Add it to dinner—here, cherry cola sweetens the sauce that simmers with the ham as it slow cooks to juicy perfection. Prep the Easter dinner recipe in a quick 20 minutes on Sunday morning, then enjoy the rest of the day with family and friends. The mustard- and cola-based glaze allows for a delicious Easter dinner that no one would guess was so easy to make!
Rustic Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Buttery, creamy, and set to soak up all the sauces from your Easter dinner entree of choice, no holiday dinner is complete without this classic side dish. Our traditional mashed potato recipe takes less than 30 minutes to prep, but it is the most-requested Easter side dish on our site. (Craving more variety? Try our four-way slow cooker mashed potatoes!)
Honey-Rosemary Roast Lamb with Potatoes and Green Beans
Meat and potatoes get a holiday-worthy makeover in this succulent lamb entree. Simmer the meat, potatoes, and green beans in a seasoned mix of tapioca, honey, lemon juice, snipped rosemary, and garlic for a traditional Easter meal all in one pot. Toss in fresh vegetables as a simple and flavorful side dish. Just add a fruit salad and an Easter dessert and dinner is done.
Dark Chocolate Fondue with Fruit Kabobs
Flavored Dinner Rolls
One of our favorite homemade bread recipes can be “baked” in your slow cooker. These easy dinner rolls can be customized to pair well with the other items on your Easter dinner menu. Springy chive-dill, garlicky everything bagel (our top pick!), or cozy pumpkin-ginger—any and every way, these dinner rolls are delicious
Green Bean Casserole with Gardetto's Snack Mix
Kids will race to the dinner table for this fun twist on fresh green bean casserole! (And that’s not just the sugar from the jelly beans…) Just crown the Easter dinner side dish with snack mix instead of french onions to spice up the traditional vegetable recipe.
Lemon Poppy Seed Dump Cake
Spring tastes like this refreshing dump cake that bridges the gap between winter citrus and summer berries with beautiful results. Buttermilk creates a remarkably tender crumb for this healthy-ish dessert. “Baking” your Easter dessert in a slow cooker not only saves oven space, but it also means your final course is appropriately-shaped like an egg. Decorate with stripes or polka dots of berries to match your dyed eggs, if desired.
Lamb Shanks with Three-Olive Sauce
Party Potatoes with Creamy Aioli
Toss tiny potatoes with onion, garlic, paprika, and broth for the most delicious and creative potato side. After a few hours of cooking, whip up homemade aioli for a flavorful dip.
Slow Cooker Swiss Chard and Sausage Stuffing
Just nine common kitchen staple ingredients—including onions, celery, carrots, and stale bread—create this simple stuffing recipe that makes for a flavorful addition to the Easter dinner menu. With one batch yielding 10 cups, this is one Easter dinner side dish that can feed a crowd. Or it can lead to scrumptious leftovers: Come Monday morning, saute up a serving in a skillet and enjoy with an egg on top.
Cream Cheese Mashers with Kale Pesto
When you combine pillowy mashed potatoes with everyone's favorite superfood, the result is sure to please. (It’s all about balance after that extra sugar, right?) Whip up the potatoes and keep warm on low for 4 hours as you go about your day, and the kale pesto can be made one month in advance and frozen so there’s even less for you to do on Easter day.
Gluten-Free Wine-Braised Brisket with Onions
Marinated with mushrooms, red onions, bay leaf, garlic, and thyme, this gluten-free brisket is a nice change of pace when you’re not in the mood for Easter ham. (Plus who can be mad about a recipe that uses a half bottle of red wine—so the other half is conveniently all set for drinking?!) Add homemade mashed potatoes for a savory side to act as a base for the saucy mushrooms and meat.
Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Almonds and Cranberries
Almonds and cranberries tossed with mashed sweet potatoes get softened in the slow cooker to create the perfect holiday side dish.
Slow-Braised Lamb Shoulder Chops with Sherry
Following an afternoon in the slow cooker, you can savor this Spanish-inspired dish, soaked in vegetable broth with bay leaves, sherry, and cloves. To make the most of every single ingredient, give the simmer sauce a whiz with your immersion blender. The herb-scented carrot, onion, and garlic mix is the perfect topping to spoon over the luscious slow-cooked lamb.
For a citrus-themed springtime treat, turn to this cheesecake flavored with blood oranges, orange juice, and fine ginger. The result is a simple, fresh dessert that no one would guess was made in a slow-cooker.