From my family to yours, I’m sharing 15 gluten-free Easter recipes you’ll love, plus a few easy recipe ideas for leftovers!
Hello, hello – I hope you had a wonderful weekend! I enjoyed a self-care Saturday which was just what the doctor ordered. Morning coffee with friends followed by a solo Target run (!!) plus an afternoon Planet Earth 2 marathon courtesy of Ben and Lincoln running errands whilst Cam slept for for nearly three hours. We finally dropped his morning nap last week in hopes that it would help him finally sleep through the night after 17 long months and – KNOCK ON WOOD – it’s WORKING. WHOO!!! Sorry to shout, but, Mama needs dis.
Sunday was fun but low key – a chance to rest up before next weekend’s Easter festivities. The forecast is calling for a rain/snow mix for the entire holiday weekend, which could put a serious damper on our egg hunt plans, but no matter what, we’ll eat well at dinner. In all my years writing IGE I’ve never shared an Easter recipe roundup, which is bonkers because it’s one of my very favorite holiday meals of the year.
First of all HAM, right? Honestly I don’t like turkey all that much, but I’m on ham like brown is on paper. That will make more sense in a second. Second of all, the Easter meal is a great chance to enjoy all my heavier holiday favorites plus incorporate a few lighter, springier dishes. More room for jelly beans, am I right? Anyway, I hope you’re able to incorporate one or a few of these 15 gluten-free Easter recipes into your holiday dinner plans next weekend, if you celebrate, and don’t forget to save some ham to whip up the recipes using leftovers which I included at the end of this post!
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 this past Thanksgiving and they were instant hits! Honest to goodness I could eat the mushroom soup all by itself – SO tasty. Use these gluten-free, easily made dairy-free “cream of” soups in all your creamy Easter casseroles.
Gluten-Free Party Potatoes Deluxe
Speaking of casseroles to use 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.
Warm Fig and Prosciutto Goat Cheese Dip
Warm Fig and Prosciutto Goat Cheese Dip is a 5 ingredient dip recipe that will blow all your other Easter appetizer recipes out of the water. The savory/sweet combo couldn’t be simpler to assemble and bakes in just 10 minutes. Serve with your favorite crackers.
Green Beans with Brown Butter Garlic-Sage Breadcrumbs
Green Beans with Brown Butter Garlic-Sage Breadcrumbs is the anti green bean casserole. Don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly dig a good GBC, especially if it’s made with my homemade cream of mushroom soup and topped with crispy shallots, but this 1-skillet side dish is fresher and faster, making it especially spring/Easter-friendly.
Kale and Wild Rice Bowls with Honey-Balsamic Vinaigrette
Make sure there’s something healthy on the Easter dinner table with Kale and Wild Rice Bowls with Honey-Balsamic Vinaigrette. This recipe is an oldie but goodie and perfect for Easter – fresh, colorful, and travels well too. Feel free to omit the chicken if you’re making it as a side dish.
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 spring-holiday snack spread. This easy dip recipe is one of my very favorites in the whole roundup!
Herb and Garlic Marinated Olives
Speaking of my Mom’s pre-dinner nibbles – I’m bringing Herb and Garlic Marinated Olives as my contribution this year. This simple appetizer recipe calls for tossing a few ingredients in a Ziplock bag 24 hours before eating, then…eating. Easy!
Crock Pot Breakfast Casserole
No better way to kick off a holiday morning then with 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. A hot and hearty Easter breakfast is a must before chowing down on countless handfuls of jelly beans throughout the day (blarg).
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.
Fruit and Marshmallow Holiday Salad (aka Grandma’s Holiday Salad)
I know she’s not a looker but Fruit and Marshmallow Holiday Salad is another side dish staple my family enjoys for every holiday. Totally Midwestern, except there’s NO nuts and NO celery. Just, no. Simply fruit, marshmallows, and a creamy, homemade pudding base. Save 10 scoops for me.
Best Ever Wild Rice Stuffing
Wild rice makes a great springtime 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. Such a winner.
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.
No-Bake Strawberry Shortcake Icebox Cake
You are 5 ingredients and 12 hours away from gluten-free dessert nirvana aka No-Bake Strawberry Shortcake Icebox Cake! I’ve made a few gluten-free icebox cakes over the past couple of years and this one is my favorite in terms of easiness to assemble, and fresh, sweet flavor. DIVINE, I tell ya! The perfect ending to your savory Easter meal.
Mini Fruit Pizza Cookies
My Mom likes to have a fun activity planned for the grandkids when we’re all together on a holiday – like making a Fruit Christmas Tree on Christmas, and assembling Mini Fruit Pizza Cookies on Easter. Swap a little candy for fruit, right? The recipe I’ve linked to here calls for using whipped cream for the pizza cookie icing, but I’ve used the Fruit Dip many times before and I’m sure you can imagine how yummy THAT was. Either way, these are a fun Easter project.
Easter Leftovers Ideas!