A Classic Southern Easter Menu

Easter Sunday in the South brings to mind fancy Easter bonnets and pastel dresses, kids hunting for eggs on the lawn, and big pitchers of iced tea—or cocktails, depending on your mood. Host your own Easter celebration with this Southern-inspired menu featuring all the classics: glazed ham, buttery crescent rolls, deviled eggs, and of course fluffy coconut cake.

The Menu

Apricot-Ginger Glazed Ham

A glaze made with apricot and ginger adds a sweet note to salty roasted ham. Get the recipe for Apricot-Ginger Glazed Ham »

Potato Gratin

This classic gratin dauphinois, or scalloped potatoes, is one of our favorite comfort foods.

Blue Cheese Wedge Salad

Both blue cheese and Italian dressings adorn the classic iceberg wedge salad. Get the recipe for Blue Cheese Wedge Salad »

Skillet Asparagus

Skillet Asparagus

Southern-Style Deviled Eggs

The secret to making these addictive Southern deviled eggs is the addition of Durkee Famous Sauce and sweet pickle relish. See the recipe for Southern-Style Deviled Eggs »

Sour Cream Corn Bread

This simple Southern-style cornbread harkens to cookbook author Lee Bailey’s Louisiana upbringing and highlights his simple entertaining and cooking style. Bailey calls for baking the cornbread in a cast-iron skillet, but you can substitute a well-greased 9-inch metal baking pan. Get the recipe for Sour Cream Corn Bread »

If Coconut Cake Is Your Thing, Try Thomas Keller’s Version

Thomas Keller’s Coconut Cake

Watch: How To Make Meringue

Sweet Iced Tea

Throughout the South, sweet tea is nothing to be taken lightly—most families have a preferred recipe, this is ours. Get the recipe for Sweet Iced Tea »

Strawberry Moonshine Julep

White whiskey takes the place of bourbon in this summery interpretation of a julep. Get the recipe for Strawberry Moonshine Julep »

More About The Menu

  1. Make a big pitcher or punch bowl of Strawberry Moonshine Julep ahead of time and allow guests to serve themselves while they nibble on hors d’oeuvres.
  2. Asparagus is at its peak in spring; learn a few tricks for preparing it in our guide to prepping asparagus.
  3. No Southern gathering is complete without coconut cake—this cake can be made the day before and kept refrigerated; serve it chilled or at room temperature. For more layer cake inspiration, don’t miss assistant food editor Ben Mims’s piece Sweet Southern Dreams.
  4. The deviled eggs on the menu are a great way to use up the hard-boiled eggs from Easter morning. Not a fan of deviled eggs? We’ve got many other recipes that use hard boiled eggs in our collection of ways to cook with Easter eggs.