Easter is a celebration of life—new life through Christ in the religious sense, and also in the changing of the seasons. Here at the start of spring, we are surrounded with the new growth of plants and seasonal produce, the bright vibrancy of floral pastels and sunnier days, and sometimes even a fresh new outlook on the future ahead.
There are so many ways to celebrate Easter; you can attend a church service, watch the sun rise, spend some time outdoors, participate in an Easter egg hunt, or host a gathering with friends and family. However you choose to spend your day, a few things are certain—celebrations are better together, food is best when shared, and you can’t go wrong when love is at the center of your gathering.
If you’re looking for festive Easter activities, consider preparing some of the below recipes as a family or head over to our Easter resource page for word searches, coloring pages, and more! And be sure to check out Martin’s Facebook page for fun “Spot the Difference” puzzles like the one below, then visit www.springintoeaster.com to see if you found them all!
Easter Side Dishes
So you have your main course all planned—spiral-cut ham, or maybe roast chicken or lamb—but what accompaniments should you serve? Whether planning a brunch, lunch, dinner, or supper, we’ve got you covered. Consider the following creative and flavorful side dishes for your Easter meal.
Easter is so much more than a meal! Celebrate the true meaning of the holiday with this fun and meaningful cooking experiment: watch the marshmallow “disappear” from inside a sealed Martin’s Dinner Roll. Have the whole family participate from beginning to end to really appreciate the final transformation.
The tomb is empty. He is risen!
Here is the symbolism for each ingredient:
- Marshmallows – body of Jesus
- Melted Butter – oils of embalming
- Cinnamon-Sugar Mix – spices used to anoint the body
- Dinner Roll – the tomb
Baked Pineapple Casserole
Liven things up with this bright and sunny pineapple casserole—made with crushed pineapple, Martin’s Butter Bread, eggs, butter, sugar, and lemon juice. It’s simple to prepare and makes the perfect sweet treat to add to your Easter meal spread.
Carrots, Green Beans, and Pearl Onions with Seasoned Croutons
Put a spin on your traditional Easter side dish with this vegetable trio of carrots, green beans, and sautéed pearl onions, coated in a butter and vegetable broth reduction, and topped with crunchy, toasted parmesan bread cubes!
Hot Cross Buns
“Break bread” together with your friends and family with this classic Easter tradition. Hot Cross Buns are a great reminder of the resurrection story! For a quick and simple version, just warm Martin’s Dinner Potato Rolls in the oven, allow to cool slightly, then top each with a decorative icing cross.
More Easter Recipes
“Spring into Easter” with delicious seasonal recipes perfect for any celebration!
Seasonal Sides & Appetizers:
- Cinnamon-Maple or Rosemary-Thyme Dinner Roll Glaze
- Cheddar Herb Stuffing
- Savory Cheesy Bread
- Pickled Egg Salad Crostini with Ham
- Ricotta Honey Bruschetta
Easter Brunch Recipes:
- Cinnamon French Toast Muffins
- Quiche Toast Cups
- Eggs Florentine
- Ham Asparagus and Cheese Strata
- Sunrise Breakfast Grilled Cheese
- Green Bean Casserole Sliders
- Pineapple-Dijon Ham Sandwiches
- Egg Salad Gribiche
- Pork Club Sandwich
- Two-Toned Ham & Cheese
Fresh Seasonal Produce
For even more recipes, visit our Easter Recipes archive.
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