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Ham, potatoes, and salad on a plate for Easter Dinner
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Easter Dinner Menu

Recipes for a delicious Easter Dinner along with help for timing the preparation (see Recipe Notes).  These recipes will serve a dinner party of up to 12.  
Course Main Course, Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword Easter Dinner
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 35 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 1584kcal
Author Erica Walker

Ingredients

Slow Cooker Spiral Ham

  • 8 pound spiral- cut ham (cooked)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup canned pineapple juice (do not use fresh)

Cheesy Potato Casserole

Sweet Asparagus

Four Layer Banana Pudding

Instructions

Slow Cooker Spiral Ham

  • Remove the ham from packaging and place ham, flat-side down, in a large slow cooker (7 quarts or larger).  
  • Generously rub brown sugar all over the ham.
  • Pour maple syrup and pineapple juice over the ham.
  • Place lid on slow cooker and cook for 2-3 hours on low heat.  
  • 30 minutes prior to serving, remove lid and spoon the juices over the ham.  Cover and cook for 30 more minutes.
  • Remove ham from slow cooker and serve.
    Slices of a spiral ham in a slow cooker

Cheesy Potato Casserole

  • Mix all ingredients, except optional toppings, in a large bowl.  Spread mixture evenly into a 9x13 pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.  
  • Optional toppings: 
    1.  Corn flake crumb topping:  BEFORE baking Sprinkle corn flake crumbs over casserole.  Drizzle 2 tablespoons of melted better over the corn flake crumbs.  Bake.
    2.  Melted cheese topping:  Prepare casserole and bake for 50 minutes.  Remove casserole from oven and evenly disperse 1 1/2 cups of shredded cheese over the casserole.  Return the casserole to the oven and bake for 10 more minutes.
    Cheesy Potato Casserole AKA Funeral Potatoes in a blue pan with a fork scooping some out.

Sautéed Sweet Asparagus

  • Rinse asparagus.  Snap off the bottoms of each stalk and discard the bottoms.  
  • Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add asparagus to the skillet and sprinkle sugar over the stalks.  
  • Sauté asparagus over medium-high for 5-7 minutes or to your preferred doneness.  Serve immediately.
    Sautéed Sweet Asparagus on a plate with a square of butter melting on top

Four Layer Banana Pudding

  • Line the bottom of a 9x13 pan with one layer of Chessmen cookies.
  • Place sliced bananas on top of the cookie layer.
  • In a large bowl, combine milk and pudding mix. Stir until smooth. Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, combine cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk. Stir until smooth. Fold in whipped topping.
  • Add the two mixtures together and stir until well combined. Pour mixture over the banana layer.
  • Top with another layer of Chessmen cookies (the picture side up) and refrigerate until ready to serve.
    slice of four layer banana cream dessert on a plate

Notes

Suggested timing for Easter Dinner preparation:
  1. Prepare the Four Layer Banana Pudding.  This can be made the morning of, or the day ahead.  It can also be made just after starting the Slow Cooker Ham and still have time to refrigerate so it can be served nice and cold.
  2. Prepare the Slow Cooker Ham and take a break for an hour.  Set the table, clean the kitchen, or watch a show on Netflix. :)
  3. After the ham has been cooking for about an hour, prepare the Cheesy Potato Casserole.  Once it's in the oven, you can take another 45 minute break.  If you are making a green salad or other sides, now is a good time to do it.
  4. At this point the ham has been cooking for about 2 hours.  Take it out of the slow cooker and cut it into slices.  Place the slices back in the juices in the slow cooker to keep them warm while you sauté the asparagus.
  5. Sauté the asparagus.  
  6. Dinner is ready to go!  Place the asparagus in a pretty serving dish with a spoon or tongs, place the sliced ham on a nice platter with a serving fork, remove the potatoes from the oven and set on the table with a serving spoon.
  7. When you are ready, cut the Four Layer Banana Pudding into slices and serve.
 
 

Nutrition

Calories: 1584kcal | Carbohydrates: 113g | Protein: 80g | Fat: 91g | Saturated Fat: 42g | Cholesterol: 302mg | Sodium: 4869mg | Potassium: 1858mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 80g | Vitamin A: 2020IU | Vitamin C: 19.1mg | Calcium: 408mg | Iron: 7.2mg