Food & Recipes

19 Mouth-Watering Easter Side Dishes

by Rachael Ray Show Staff 9:00 AM, March 24, 2015

Aired March 24, 2015

by Lisa Lozano

Easter is only 12 days away and whether you're hosting a meal, or just need a side dish to bring to a pot luck, we've got you covered. From couldn't-be-easier to slightly more time consuming but extremely elegant, we're counting down 19 delectable side dish recipes you could serve at an Easter dinner.

Mac & Cheese with Leeks and Ham

This hearty, rich mac and cheese will get your guests rushing to the table. And if ham isn’t your main course, this can be the ham contribution to the meal. (Watch Rach make it in the video above!) 

Tip: Don’t overcook your roux for this recipe. When it starts to turn brown, it won’t have as much thickening power and will also darken your white cream sauce.

Hudson’s Favorite Potato Salad

This potato salad recipe (which happens to be Curtis Stone's favorite dish ever) is a crowd pleaser and easy to make when you're multitasking a holiday meal featuring many different dishes. It is meant to be served warm, but you could totally make it ahead.

Chef Robert Irvine’s Roasted Radish and Yellow Beet Salad

This salad is perfect for a spring Easter meal, combining all the beautiful colors of a farmer's market. Robert Irvine roasts the radishes to get a sweeter, softer, mellower effect.

Kelsey Nixon's Roasted Root Vegetables with Cider Vinaigrette

These roasted root vegetables are a colorful, flavorful, nutritious and simple addition to your holiday table. The apple cider vinaigrette adds an unexpected brightness.

Cheesy Cauliflower

Creamy mashed cauliflower blended with herbed Boursin cheese makes for a side dish the whole family will love! It's also easy to prep ahead.

Tip: Don't bother to chop up the cauliflower -- if you cook it with half a cup of liquid (water or stock) in a tightly covered pan, the steam will cook it through, and you can just mash it up.

Chef Ludo’s Potato Cake with Onions

If you have the time, and you want to wow your dinner guests, make Ludo's spiral-layered potato cake. By cooking this glamourous "cake" slowly in clarified butter, you will achieve a French "confit."

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Orange

Adding all-fruit orange preserves to mashed sweet potato will make your guests say, hmmm, wondering where the citrus-y undertones came from.

Curtis Stone’s Roasted Cauliflower, Broccoli and Pasta Bake with White Cheddar

This is a side that could be a main dish if you are looking a vegetarian entree. The vegetables are roasted separately to develop maximum flavor.

Tip: No need to buy pre-made breadcrumbs. Just make your own with the leftover bread you already have in your pantry.

Jacques Pépin's Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Be careful when you make these delectable garlic mashed potatoes -- your family will demand you make them every year! But since the recipe couldn't be easier, we say go for it!.

Carla Hall’s Candied Acorn Squash

This candied acorn squash is beautiful on the table and the caramel complements the natural sweetness of the squash.

Ryan Scott's Green Bean Casserole with Celery Root and Bacon

If your family loves green bean casserole, but you want to change it up, try this updated version with a homemade celery root and mushroom cream sauce, and breadcrumbs combined with fried onions for the topping. Yum!

Blue Cheese Ranch Mashed Potatoes

We're about to blow your mind with this mashed potato recipe. A combination of mashed potatoes and parsnips gets kicked up with additions including blue cheese, herbs, sour cream and more.

Jesse and Jilly Lagasse’s Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Squash

This roasted vegetable recipe shared by Emeril Lagasse's daughter, gets a kick with cayenne, cinnamon and brown sugar.

Jane Leeves’ Roasted Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato with Arugula and Balsamic

Actress Jane Leeves shared this beautiful roasted squash and sweet potato arugula salad, which would be a great hearty but light addition to your Easter table.

Curtis Stone’s Potato, Cauliflower, and Camembert Gratin

This sophisticated Gratin will impress any guest for your Easter meal. It pairs very well with ham, if that's what you're planning to serve as a main course.

Curtis Stone’s Baked Mashed Potatoes with Pancetta

These are basically mashed potatoes with bacon, but doesn't pancetta sound fancier? A secret ingredient -- mascarpone cheese adds a sweet creamy flavor.

Merry Graham's Mexican Confetti Quinoa Pilaf

This colorful quinoa pilaf is the perfect addition to Easter dinner, as the light and bright flavors and texture will counteract some of the heavier dishes. Plus, it would be hard to top this when it comes to nutritional value.

Sun-Dried Tomato Cauliflower

This dish couldn't possibly be easier with only two ingredients, one of which you might already have in your cupboard. Just toss cauliflower florets with store-bought sun-dried tomato pesto and roast! Done and done!

Spicy Cheese Crisps

These cheese crisps are perfect if you need a snack to serve while dinner is being prepared, or you want something to pass at the table instead of rolls. And, again, only two ingredients! You just mix up some crushed cheese crackers with some freshly shredded Colby Jack cheese, spoon onto a baking sheet and bake. Delish!

Muffaletta Salad

This antipasto-type salad would be great as an appetizer, or a side dish. Super easy and involves no cooking -- great for something to throw together quickly right before dinner.

What's your favorite side dish to serve at Easter? Tell us in the comments!