Happy nearly Easter to you! While the holiday will look different this year than it ever has for many of us, there’s still much to celebrate and be grateful for. Although we won’t be together with my family to celebrate in person, we’ll be dying eggs and having an Easter egg hunt for the kids at home, viewing an online worship service, and enjoying a small yet delectable holiday meal together too. Basically the goal is to make Easter as “normal” as possible for the babies. I think if there’s jelly beans involved, they’ll be A-OK. 👌🏼
Will you be making a special meal for the holiday? If so, today I’m sharing my family’s favorite Easter recipes for you to consider including on your menu! Some of these recipes we’ve been making and enjoying for decades, while others are newer additions that are tradition bound. I’m hearing that the state of grocery stores is still varying greatly across the country, though none of these recipes call for ingredients that require a trip to a specialty store. Additionally ALL of these recipes halve or quarter well (with the exception of the cinnamon rolls but trust me, you’re going to want the full batch!) so you can scale to feed a smaller crowd. Lastly, while all these recipes are gluten free…you’d never know it. 😉
Wherever you are and whatever you do, have a wonderful, happy and healthy Easter!
Gluten Free Easter Recipes:
Gluten-Free Bunny Munch
Before the meal, there’s the snack – Gluten-Free Bunny Munch to be exact! This is a fun and whimsical treat for kids to make and leave for the Easter Bunny, but heck, I haven’t met an adult that’s able to resist 1 or 15 handfuls of this sweet and salty treat. So good.
Brown Bag Baked Ham
Forget brushing and basting your Easter ham – roll it up in a brown paper bag then bake it! My Mom has been making Brown Bag Baked Ham all my life and it truly makes for the juiciest, easiest ham you will ever eat. Pinky promise.
Gluten-Free Cream of Chicken and Mushroom Soups (DF Option)
I shared the recipes for Gluten-Free Cream of Chicken and Mushroom Soups a few years ago and they have been holiday staples in your home ever since. Honest to goodness I could eat the mushroom soup all by itself – it’s SO tasty. Use these gluten-free, easily made dairy-free “cream of” soups in all your creamy Easter side dishes.
Gluten-Free Green Bean Casserole
Use a batch of gluten free Cream of Mushroom Soup in my homemade Gluten-Free Green Bean Casserole! Honestly, if there were no other side dish at Easter dinner, I wouldn’t be upset. This dish is INCREDIBLE. Also, I’ve totally used canned gluten free fried onion rings on top instead of homemade fried shallot rings. Can’t say I’m mad at that simple, time saving swap. ;)
Gluten-Free Party Potatoes Deluxe
Speaking of casseroles to use my homemade “cream of” soups in, Gluten-Free Party Potatoes Deluxe is one of the best. Party Potatoes Deluxe is a staple at all my family’s holiday meals and I always pile my plate high with a few extra scoops. Cheesy, savory, and topped with a crunchy, buttery crust. THE BEST. Easily halved or quartered too.
Green Beans with Brown Butter Garlic-Sage Breadcrumbs
If you want to go a fresher route to get your green bean fix, Green Beans with Brown Butter Garlic-Sage Breadcrumbs is the way to go. This 1-skillet side dish is fresh and fast, making it especially spring/Easter-friendly.
The Best Fruit Dip Ever
My Mom always has platters of crudite and hummus, and pickles and olives to snack on a few hours before our holiday meals. Fresh fruit plus The Best Fruit Dip Ever completes the holiday snack spread. This easy dip recipe is one of my VERY favorites in the whole roundup.
Herb and Garlic Marinated Olives
Got a bunch of olives and cheeses needing to be used in your fridge? Throw them in a ziplock bag with garlic and fresh herbs, if you’ve got them, then let them hang out overnight. Instant hors d’oeuvre 24 hours later.
Crock Pot Breakfast Casserole
No better way to kick off a holiday morning then with a hot and hearty breakfast casserole. Crock Pot Breakfast Casserole is the easiest to whip up, though Breakfast Taco Casserole, Roasted Poblano and Sausage Breakfast Casserole, and make-ahead Breakfast Casserole are great options too. Bonus: these all reheat well if you’ve got leftovers!
Gluten-Free Cinnamon Rolls
Forget jelly beans – the only sweet treat I want for Easter this year is Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls. They are SO delicious! Also trust me, baking is a real stress reliever!
Do we really need an elaborate reason to add cheesy vegetables to a holiday dinner spread? No? Good! That said, get Cauliflower Gratin on your Easter menu pronto. This is another dish that halves well. Use whatever cheese you’ve got on hand too!
Best Ever Wild Rice Stuffing
Wild rice makes a great spring-time Easter side dish base because it’s lighter then the bread-based stuffings most serve at Thanksgiving. Best Ever Wild Rice Stuffing is loaded with dried cranberries, herbs, and crunchy almonds too. Made with pretty much all pantry staples – you will be shocked at how delicious it is.
Gluten-Free Dinner Rolls
Wouldn’t be a holiday meal without dinner rolls – Gluten-Free Dinner Rolls, to be exact! The last time my SIL made these for her family, her oldest ate 7 of them. SEVEN! These soft and doughy rolls are prepped in 5 minutes, and in just 1 bowl. Serve hot, fresh, and with loads of butter.
Easter Leftovers Ideas: