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15 Easter Menu Ideas Guaranteed to Impress Your Guests

One of the toughest parts of hosting a holiday dinner is planning the menu. Which makes total sense given that everyone seems to have a dietary restriction these days. (Aunt Carol is dabbling in Paleo, your friend Sarah is “off meat” this week…) Behold: Dinner menu ideas that have something for everyone, from impressive apps to super-fun desserts.

THE APPETIZERS

Curb hanger before it starts

tomato tulips PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL 

Cherry Tomato Tulips

We’re not knocking cheese and crackers—we’re just saying there are more exciting things to try this year. Like these cherry tomato tulips*Cue everyone fawning over adorable food* They’re surprisingly easy to assemble, and did we mention they’re keto?

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PHOTO: NICO SCHINCO/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Pull-Apart Bread with Caramelized Onions and Goat Cheese

Adults will love this grown-up recipe twist, and kids will love twisting it apart.

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PHOTO: NICO SCHINCO/STYLING: HEATH GOLDMAN

Crispy Bacon-Wrapped Brussels Sprouts

It’s hard to talk politics with a full mouth.

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PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Mexican Street Corn Deviled Eggs

A cultural twist on an Easter classic.

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THE ENTRÉES

Time to feast

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Honey Mustard Chicken Bake

A great way to narrow down menu options is to tally the number of guests. An intimate dinner for six? A dish with individual pieces, like this honey mustard chicken bake, gets the job done without an unholy amount of leftovers. Feeding a group of 20? Explore the following big-batch dishes instead.

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PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Spicy Orange-Honey Glazed Ham

It’s tradition, after all.

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NISHA VORA

Creamy Vegan Lentil and Roasted Vegetable Bake

For your vegan friends.

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THE SIDES

More like festive fixings

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Salt and Vinegar Roasted Potatoes with Feta and Dill

This recipe for salt and vinegar roasted potatoes will not only satisfy your guests’ need for starch but also give them a flavorful and textural awakening that will have them scraping their plates. And on the off chance you have leftovers, these potatoes go great with eggs in the morning.

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Avocado Caesar Salad

Forget what you think you know about Caesar salads.

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PHOTO: NICO SCHINCO/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Sweet and Spicy Cornbread

An exciting change of pace from the Thanksgiving version.

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PHOTO: MICHAEL MARQUAND/STYLING: CAROLINE LANGE

5-Ingredient Smoked Gouda-Thyme Mac and Cheese

Guilty pleasure, but make it fancy.

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THE DESSERTS

Fine, we’ll tell you our secret ingredient…

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Macaroon Easter Egg Nests

Just imagine your guests’ reactions when they see a tray full of adorable miniature egg nests. These macaroons are easy to eat (just try to stop at one) and even easier to make. And the M&M’s Milk Chocolate Speck-tacular Eggs? Like a cherry on top, but better. 

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Confetti Grass Cupcakes

Yet another adorable dessert made even more festive by M&M’s Speck-tacular Eggs.

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Bunny Chow

Leave some out for the Easter Bunny (hey, he works hard), then finish it off after dinner.

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Mason Jar Easter Egg Baskets

Psst, you can swap the chocolate bunnies for marshmallow chicks if you’re in the mood to mix it up.

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