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

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 »Todd Coleman

Potato Gratin

Potato Gratin
This classic gratin dauphinois, or scalloped potatoes, is one of our favorite comfort foods. Get the recipe for Potato Gratin »Vanessa Rees

Blue Cheese Wedge Salad

Blue Cheese Wedge Salad
Both blue cheese and Italian dressings adorn the classic iceberg wedge salad. Both blue cheese and Italian dressings adorn this classic iceberg wedge salad from Anthony's Steakhouse in Omaha. Get the recipe for Blue Cheese Wedge Salad »James Oseland

Skillet Asparagus

Skillet Asparagus
Cooking asparagus in the skillet concentrates its flavor rather than diluting it, as steaming or boiling can. Get the recipe for Skillet Asparagus »Helen Rosner

Southern-Style Deviled Eggs

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

Sour Cream Corn Bread

Lee Bailey's Sour Cream Cornbread
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 »Matt Taylor-Gross

Coconut Cake

Layered Coconut Cake
Thick Italian meringue is sandwiched between moist layers of cake, which is topped off with sweetened shredded coconut in this recipe from chef Thomas Keller. Get the recipe for Coconut Cake »Matt Taylor-Gross

Watch: How To Make Meringue

Sweet Iced Tea

sweet tea recipe, sweet tea, 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 »Michael Kraus
Strawberry Moonshine Julep

Strawberry Moonshine Julep

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

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.