The groundhog may have seen his shadow, but the Easter Bunny will be hopping down the bunny trail sooner than we know. We hope this is the year your family is able to rekindle some old traditions. Our favorite is the Easter potluck!
If you’re out of potluck practice, fear not. We’ve got four great ideas for easy dishes that will impress your family and lead the way to some very happy plates.
Our first suggestion is for sure a fan favorite. And though they’re super simple, they can be intimidating to tackle. We’re talking about Deviled Eggs. Now sure, there are lots of deviled egg recipes out there, but these are best when all the ingredients are measured by the heart.
You’ll want to take one dozen three- or four-day-old eggs from your fridge and place them into a saucepan. You’ll fill the saucepan with water until the water just covers the eggs. Heat the pan over medium heat until the water boils then remove the pan from the heat, cover it, and let it sit for 20 minutes. Transfer them into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process. Once they’ve cooled, peel them (this is the best part, IMO). Slice each egg in half lengthwise. Place the whites on a plate and the yolks into a mixing bowl. To the bowl, add mayonnaise, cream cheese, mustard, sweet relish, and a little relish juice, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper all to taste. Mix to desired consistency. Spoon the yolk mixture into the whites and sprinkle with paprika (that’s the ingredient that makes them “deviled” and pretty so you can’t leave that out). Keep cool until ready to serve. If this recipe is a little loose for your liking, consider using this one (but add two tablespoons of cream cheese, leave the juice in the relish, omit the hot sauce, and use black pepper if that’s all you have on hand) until you’re comfortable to personalize it.
If eggs aren’t your thing, you can never go wrong with sausage balls. All you need is sausage, shredded cheddar, Bisquick, and a stove. This is Southern Living’s recipe. Add a little heat by subbing spicy sausage or a little sweet by using maple sausage. Nobody can eat just one.
If you like cheese, but not sausage, consider making the doesn’t-seem-like-it-should-be-good-but-is Pineapple Cheese Casserole. It’s sweet and salty. A side dish and a dessert. This is Taste of Home’s recipe, but basically, you’re mixing flour, sugar, and cheese, then adding drained pineapple chunks and moving it to a greased baking dish. In another bowl, combine Ritz crackers and butter and pour it over the other stuff before baking it for 30-45 minutes. Easy-peasy.
If you’re wanting to stick with fruit - try the Mojito Melon Salad. Chop pineapple, honeydew melon, and cantaloupe into ¼ cubes and put them into a bowl with a lid. Add honey, lime juice (and zest), and fresh sweet mint. Toss to combine and then shake vigorously to muddle a bit. This is Food Network’s recipe, but we like honey or agave instead of granulated sugar.
Do you have a go-to very tasty, super simple Easter dish? Tell us about it in the comments.