A simple Easter menu to celebrate the Resurrection only adds to the joy of this special day.
Almost every year since my husband and I married, we have hosted the Easter gathering in our home.
We love to have both sides of the family over for Easter so that we get to visit with everyone without having to go from one place to another.
One of the highlights of Easter that I miss are the egg hunts. Oh, we still have them, but as the kids have all gotten older, there is less enthusiasm.
My youngest nephew is the only one who is still really excited about hunting eggs, and I know it won’t be long until he loses interest too.
But whether we hunt eggs or not, the time together is priceless.
The only thing better that I can think of is the reason we celebrate Easter in the first place!
It doesn’t matter what’s on our Easter menu, or even how we celebrate.
Every day of the year should be a celebration of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus in our hearts! Because He died for our sins and rose again to defeat death, Hell and the grave, we have hope!
So our Easter gatherings are really just icing on the cake. An added blessing just because He loves us so very much!
A simple menu adds to the joy of the day because it takes the pressure off the cook!
Here are some keys to keeping it simple!
- Everything does not have to be perfect.
Jesus is still alive if we eat off foam plates and drink from solo cups. (Which we definitely will!) Everyone will still have a good time and I would much rather spend more time with my family than spend it cleaning up the kitchen!
- The hostess doesn’t have to do everything.
While we usually gather in our home, everyone brings something!
- Each dish can be a simple one and still be amazing!
Our menu many vary a little from year to year, but here’s what it typically looks like: ham, dressing, green beans, potato salad, rolls and dessert or two, and you’re done! Once everyone pitches in, it’s a breeze!
I recently stumbled onto a ham recipe that is out of this world and oh-so-simple. All you need is 3 cups of brown sugar, a 20-oz. can of pineapple chunks and a fully cooked spiral cut ham that will fit in your crock pot.
You just cover the bottom of your crock pot with brown sugar, put the ham in flat-side down, add the pineapple chunks, sprinkle on the rest of the brown sugar and cook in the crock pot on low for 6 hours or so. It is delicious!
My kids also love Crock Pot Chicken and Dressing. The texture is a bit different from traditional dressing, but that is what they seem to enjoy like about it.
Crock Pot Chicken and Dressing
A crock-pot spin on classic chicken and dressing.
While onion and celery sautee, begin mixing other ingredients together, starting with eggs. Beat eggs lightly in large bowl, then add soups, broth, seasonings and chicken. Blend well, then mix in crumbled cornbread, onion and celery. Spray crock pot with cooking spray, add dressing mixture and cook on medium for 4 hours. You will need to stir occasionally, because it tends to stick once it's almost done. It will be fine to leave on while you go to church, though. Just put it on right before you leave and give it a good stir when you get home.
You can make your cornbread ahead of time and freeze it for up to six weeks if you know you will be making dressing.
I use more sage than the recipe calls for, but the 3 teaspoons is a good starting point. I usually just keep tasting with a clean spoon each time until it seems right. Same for the salt and pepper.
My kids also love their granny’s green beans, so she will bring those to our Easter dinner. She just drains canned green beans, then cooks them in the microwave for several hours in beef broth, and they are great!
My mother in law will bring the potato salad. It is truly the best I have ever tasted, and I plan to do a post on it once I talk her out of her recipe! (I already know one of her secrets! She boils the potatoes whole with the skin on, then lets them cool before she peels them. This does wonders for the texture!)
My Mama is bringing her strawberry cake. It is the best thing ever, and I will try to post the recipe for it in next Tuesday’s post. I wanted to wait until I have pictures! Mama’s dressing is also amazing! We use most of the same ingredients, but she bakes hers in the oven, while I do mine in the crock-pot.
My sister-in-law will throw in a couple of sides or a dessert, I will do some brown and serve rolls, and we’re done!
It doesn’t get much easier than this!
Easter is such a precious time of reflecting on the price that Jesus paid so that we could spend eternity with Him.
I am so thankful for His love.
Keeping things simple allows us to focus more on Jesus and less on an elaborate feast.
We all like to eat a good Easter meal, but you can do it the easy way.
Just remember the reason we celebrate, spend some time with those you love most, and have a HAPPY EASTER!