Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The Southern Easter Menu



I love Springtime. If I could only find a sunny spot to sit in and let the warmth sink into my bones, I would. But this season of gray simply will not go away. Groundhog stew, anyone?

Here it is time for Easter, and all of the Easter dresses are sleeveless, the sandals are open-toed, and the suits are made of thin cotton seersucker. Oh, where are you warm rays of sunshine?

I wanted to share the traditional Southern Easter menu with you. Homes across the Deep South, as well as homes that long to be in the Deep South will spread these tried and true dishes on their family dining table to celebrate the Resurrection.

Ham - The star of the show, try this wonderful Brown Sugar - Bourbon Glazed Ham from Southern Living.

Southern Potato Salad - You simply must have this recipe in your back pocket for everything from Easter dinner to family barbeques. What makes it "southern?" Check out the recipe from Add A Pinch.

Deviled Eggs - The perfect solution for what to do with all those dyed Easter eggs! The folks at Mr. Food have an egg-cellent recipe. There are so many ways to prepare deviled eggs. In addition to this traditional recipe, this year I'll also be making some with hummus and some with guacamole.

Ambrosia - Ambrosia literally means "food of the gods." But if you ask me, it means "South in Your Mouth." This traditionally southern food can be found at Easter dinner, picnics, barbeques, and bridal showers. Like so many of our southern recipes, this one varies from table to table. Here is a great version at The Country Cook that is simply lovely.

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake - Don't be fooled. The ambrosia was not considered your dessert. But a pineapple upside-down cake is! One of our family favorites and requested almost as much as banana pudding, here is a recipe from Southern Living that you can pass down to generations.

Sweet Tea and Lemonade - Don't forget to quench your thirst with these two southern staples. Return to Sundays Supper has a sweet (pun intended) recipe for lemonade that can't be beat.


Most of these dishes can be prepared in advance. If you are attending a church service, plan ahead so that you can come home and enjoy a beautiful stress-free luncheon.

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XOXO,
Abby

P.S. If you are taking deviled eggs to a dinner at someone else's house, you really must have a deviled egg plate. Those suckers are slippery and won't be pretty when you arrive. I like this one:

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