Make-Ahead Easter Menu

Celebrate Easter with ease this spring with a stress-free make-ahead menu. We've got simple recipes for an Easter brunch and comforting Easter dinner. Plus, get our must-have tips for easy entertaining.

Make-Ahead Easter Dinner Menu

Getting Easter dinner on the table doesn't have to be stressful! Thanks to our make-ahead menu, you can be ready for guests without spending all day in the kitchen. Simply follow our easy plan and helpful tips for getting dinner on the table. Mix and match these make-ahead recipes for an Easter dinner that's so impressive no one will know it was super easy. 

Make-Ahead Appetizers

Asiago-Artichoke Dip

This creamy dip is loaded with artichoke hearts, prosciutto, and roasted red peppers. Stash it in the fridge 24 hours before the big dinner. 

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Rosemary Roasted Nuts

A trio of roasted nuts is the perfect light start to Easter dinner. For the most flavor, toss with fresh rosemary, butter, and cayenne pepper up to three days before guests arrive. 

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Bacon and Cheese Deviled Eggs

They say everything's better with bacon, and these eggs are no exception. Topped with cheddar cheese, bacon, and chives, they're sure to be the star of your Easter table. Make them up to a day before party time.

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Make-Ahead Mains

Cherry-Stuffed Ham

It wouldn't be Easter dinner without ham. Make this sweet-fruity version up to four hours ahead of dinnertime and keep in the fridge until it's time to bake. 

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Baked Ziti with Three Cheeses

Assemble this up to two days before Easter dinner. The bubbly bake is best served straight from the oven and topped with plenty of fresh parsley. 

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Prosciutto-Stuffed Chicken Bake

Planning way ahead? Prep this all-in-one bake and pop it in the freezer up to three months before mealtime. Be sure to thaw in the fridge for 48 hours prior to baking. 

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Easy Freezer Chicken Dishes

Make-Ahead Sides

Tangy Broccoli Salad

Spice up boring broccoli with fish sauce, serrano pepper, and rice vinegar. Balance the tang with sweet dried apricots and cashews. 

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Tasty Make-Ahead Salads 

Skillet Scalloped Corn

Chill this sweet corn sautee for two days before dinner. To finish, top with toasted crackers, green onion, and fresh herbs like basil. 

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Cheesy Gouda Mashed Potatoes with Pancetta 

It wouldn't be a party without cheesy potatoes. Make this easy side up to 24 hours before dinner and bake just before serving. 

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Make-Ahead Desserts

White Chocolate Cheesecake with Raspberry Sauce

Cheesecake is always a showstopper dessert. Whip up this white chocolate-raspberry version a day before Easter dinner. To serve, slice and top with our triple-raspberry sauce. 

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Coconut Layer Cake

Make this cake up to one month ahead. Freeze, thaw, and frost before party time. Top with freshly toasted coconut chips. 

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Stunning Make-Ahead Cakes, Tarts, and Pies

Lemon-Blueberry Pavlovas

Make the meringue shells up to a day before guests arrive. Simply fill with lemon curd and berries before dessert. A sprinkle of fresh mint adds a pop of color and flavor. 

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More Easter Dinner Inspiration

Make the most delicious Easter dinner with our collection of easy recipes for Easter ham, desserts, and more! Plus, get creative twists on classic dishes and chocolaty Easter desserts. 

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