Easter is one of my favorite holidays to host and cook.  It’s also the least complicated holiday meal I make.  Maybe it’s because of the warmer weather or maybe it’s because we start our day on the beach, but either way, I cook a delicious meal that I don’t spend all day preparing. 

During the cooler months it’s so cozy to be in the kitchen cooking away with a fire roaring.  But for Easter, I want uncomplicated recipes and ideas for an elegant but simple meal.  Delicious appetizers and side dishes, especially ones that can be prepared ahead of time are the name of the game for this holiday meal. 

Our Easter Sunday begins with sunrise service at the beach, then coffee and brunch at a local restaurant.  We head home for an egg hunt and meal prep starts.  Appetizers and delicious drinks poolside happen mid-afternoon and then we sit down for an early dinner and FEAST!

But enough of me blabbing…here are a few of my favorite recipes for Easter.

Jaclyn James Home Easter Dinner


Appetizers + Dinner


Asparagus + Goat Cheese Tart

Nectarines + Arugula + Burrata

Crab Salad + Endive

Main Course

HoneyBaked Ham – I purchase a ham from this company every year and it’s amazing.  There’s zero prep required and it’s simple delicious.

Side Dishes

Cauliflower Gremolata

Peas with Pancetta, Mint & Ricotta Salata

Spring Onion + Potato Gratin


Peach + Arugula + Goat Cheese Salad

Watercress + Stone-Fruit Salad


Buttermilk Popover + Chives


Flourless Chocolate Cake

Lemon Buttermilk Bundt

Cocktails + Spirits

Basil Julep

Sparkling Citrus Sangria

Hope you all have a wonderful holiday with your loved ones.

Happy Easting Buddies!

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