Grandma's Favorite Easter Recipes

Best Carrot Cake

Photography: Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Grandma knew that it just wasn't Easter without these classic Easter recipes. While a few new recipes are always welcome to the menu, there's just some traditional Easter recipes that Southerners will always make year after year. Can you imagine if there was no Pineapple Casserole or Deviled Eggs on the table?

From classic main dishes to traditional sides to homemade desserts, these are the recipes that Southern grandmothers have always prepared for Easter Sunday.

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Classic Deviled Eggs

Classic Deviled Eggs
Photography: Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Torie Cox

The filling for this no-frills deviled egg recipe is made with just the basics: mayonnaise, mustard, and sweet pickle relish.

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Pineapple-Coconut Cake

Pineapple-Coconut Cake

Photographer: Fred Hardy, Food Stylist: Karen Rankin, Prop Stylist: Christine Keeley

It's easy to see why this cake recipe has remained popular over the years. It combines the flavors of pineapple and coconut finished off with a decadent cream cheese frosting.

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Pineapple-Glazed Ham

Pineapple Glazed Ham
Jen Causey

Pineapple rings and maraschino cherries not only give ham plenty of flavor but transform it into a beautiful centerpiece for your Easter table.

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Classic Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Classic Baked Macaroni and Cheese in a dark casserole dish with a spoonful missing
Photographer: Fred Hardy II, Food Stylist: Emily Nabors Hall, Props Stylist: Christina Brockman

It's no secret that the best mac and cheese is homemade. For best results, make sure you grate your own cheese just like Grandma always did.

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Best Carrot Cake

Best Carrot Cake

Photography: Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Worthy of being served on Easter Sunday, this is our best carrot cake recipe of all time.

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Hashbrown Casserole

Hashbrown Casserole

Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox

Whether your family's Easter meal takes place in the morning or evening, hashbrown casserole always belongs on the menu.

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Herb-Crusted Roasted Leg of Lamb

Herb-Crusted Roasted Leg of Lamb
Greg Dupree; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

If you're intimidated by cooking the lamb for Easter dinner, the secret is to cook it low and slow.

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Oven-Roasted Asparagus

a platter of roasted asparagus with slivered almonds
Photo: Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox

Classic roasted asparagus will make sure everyone has a green veggie on their plate just like Grandma did.

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Chocolate Delight

Ouida’s Chocolate Delight

Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer; Prop Styling: Christine Keely

While we love coconut, carrot, and pineapple desserts, we're sure chocolate of some sort always made an appearance on Grandma's Easter menu.

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Pineapple Casserole

Pineapple Casserole in a square casserole pan
Photographer: Jen Causey, Prop Stylist: Josh Hoggle,Food Stylist: Ruth Blackburn

Though this casserole recipe is simple (it even uses canned pineapple), it's impressive enough to grace Easter tables across the South.

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Watergate Salad

Watergate Salad

Alison Miksch; Food Stylist: Karen Rankin; Prop Stylist: Josh Hoggle

Some serve this retro salad as a side while some serve it as a dessert. No matter which you consider it, it'll deliver plenty of nostalgia in every bite.

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Bird's Nest Cookies

Bird's Nest Cookies
Joy Howard

Malted milk eggs are often used to create festive Easter desserts, and these 4-ingredient cookies don't require any baking,

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Tee's Corn Pudding

Tee's Corn Pudding
Emily Laurae/Southern Living

In our opinion, corn belongs at every holiday gathering year-round and this classic corn pudding recipe is just the way to serve it.

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Best-Ever Lemon Meringue Pie

Best-Ever Lemon Meringue Pie

Southern Living

This classic lemon pie with meringue can be served warm from the oven or can be chilled before serving.

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Parker House Rolls

Parker House Rolls in a teal dish
Photographer: Alison Miksch / Food Stylist: Ruth Blackburn / Prop Stylist: Christina Brockman

The Easter menu isn't complete without at least one bread, and these homemade yeast rolls will taste just like they did when Grandma made them.

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Caramel Cake

Caramel Cake

Jennifer Davick

Decadent caramel cake has long been a favorite Easter dessert cooked up in Southern kitchens.

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Classic Green Bean Casserole

Classic Green Bean Casserole

Rob Culpepper; Food Stylist: Chelsea Zimmer; Assistant Prop Stylist: Josh Hoggle

Grandma knew that no holiday was complete without a classic green bean casserole.

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Skillet-Roasted Carrots

Skillet-Roasted Carrots
Greg Dupree; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Christina Daley

Just a few ingredients and a skillet help transform colorful carrots into a pretty yet delicious Easter side dish.

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Easter Bunny Cake

How To Make An Easter Bunny Cake

This bunny-shaped cake is perhaps one of the most festive Easter desserts, in fact many Southerners don't celebrate the holiday without one. Plus, our version is made with a moist coconut cake.

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Picnic Egg Salad

Picnic Egg Salad
Greg DuPree; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Cat Steele

A simple egg salad is the perfect appetizer to welcome hungry Easter guests.

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