21 Mouth-Watering Easter Side Dishes

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Whether you're hosting a meal or just need a side dish to bring to a potluck this Easter, we've got you covered. From couldn't-be-easier to slightly more time consuming (but extremely elegant), we're counting down 21 delectable side dish recipes you could serve at an Easter dinner.

1. Mac & Cheese with Leeks and Ham

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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.

GET THE RECIPE: Mac & Cheese with Leeks and Ham

2. Minty Fresh Peas

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This refreshing side dish is perfect for your Easter spread — right next to Rach's Lemon-Glazed Ham!

GET THE RECIPE: Minty Fresh Peas

3. Potato Salad

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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.

GET THE RECIPE: Favorite Potato Salad

4. Roasted Radish and Yellow Beet Salad

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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.

GET THE RECIPE: Roasted Radish and Yellow Beet Salad

5. Kelsey Nixon's Roasted Root Vegetables with Cider Vinaigrette

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

GET THE RECIPE: Kelsey Nixon's Roasted Root Vegetables with Cider Vinaigrette

6. Cheesy Cauliflower

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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.

GET THE RECIPE: Cheesy Cauliflower

7. Chef Ludo’s Potato Cake with Onions

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

GET THE RECIPE: Chef Ludo's Potato Cake with Onions

8. Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Orange

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

GET THE RECIPE: Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Orange

9. Curtis Stone's Roasted Cauliflower, Broccoli and Pasta Bake with White Cheddar

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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.

GET THE RECIPE: Curtis Stone's Roasted Cauliflower, Broccoli and Pasta Bake with White Cheddar

10. Jacques Pépin's Garlic Mashed Potatoes

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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!

GET THE RECIPE: Jacques Pépin's Garlic Mashed Potatoes

11. Carla Hall's Candied Acorn Squash

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

GET THE RECIPE: Carla Hall's Candied Acorn Squash

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

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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!

GET THE RECIPE: Ryan Scott's Green Bean Casserole with Celery Root and Bacon

13. Blue Cheese Ranch Mashed Potatoes

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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.

GET THE RECIPE: Blue Cheese Ranch Mashed Potatoes

14. Jesse and Jilly Lagasse's Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Squash

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

GET THE RECIPE: Jesse and Jilly Lagasse's Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Squash

15. Roasted Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato with Arugula and Balsamic

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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.

GET THE RECIPE: Roasted Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato with Arugula and Balsamic

16. Curtis Stone's Potato, Cauliflower, and Camembert Gratin

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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.

GET THE RECIPE: Curtis Stone’s Potato, Cauliflower, and Camembert Gratin

17. Curtis Stone's Baked Mashed Potatoes with Pancetta

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

GET THE RECIPE: Curtis Stone's Baked Mashed Potatoes with Pancetta

18. Mexican Confetti Quinoa Pilaf

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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.

GET THE RECIPE: Mexican Confetti Quinoa Pilaf

19. Sun-Dried Tomato Cauliflower

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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!

GET THE RECIPE: Sun-Dried Tomato Cauliflower

20. Spicy Cheese Crisps

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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!

GET THE RECIPE: Spicy Cheese Crisps

21. Muffaletta Salad

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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.

GET THE RECIPE: Muffaletta Salad

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