Let me preface this whole article: I have never once had a proper Easter dinner. Christmas dinner? Yes. Passover dinner? Absolutely. Thanksgiving? Dozens. And while Easter dinner is still on my bucket list, don’t you worry, I have loads of ideas that would make for a great traditional Easter dinner with a lot less of a hassle. So sit back, relax, and take in these pre-packaged Easter dinner ideas…and number 6 may surprise you (just kidding, this isn’t that kind of listicle…but if number 6 did surprise you, do let me know in the comments).
- Betty Crocker Creamy Butter Instant Mashed Potatoes
Is there anything in this world better than instant mashed potatoes? No. The answer is no. They are the best food maybe ever. And these particular ones made the list of Easter dinner ideas because, good lord, are they buttery. Drop your homemade scalloped potatoes and try this instant mash that, according to managing editor Gwynedd Stuart “blew their competitors out of the water” with their smoothness, fluffiness, and packed with flavor-ness.
- Green Giant Simply Steam Creamed Spinach Sauced
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, more people need to try creamed spinach as a side. Also, more people need to specifically try this creamed spinach, because the Green Giant really knows his way around the giant green kitchen (which is where he works, I assume). Sporked editor-in-chief Justine Sterling said this spinach is “creamy, it’s savory, and there’s actual spinach in there—real leaves with real bite to them. It even has that touch of bitter astringency that spinach has, which helps balance out the richness.” It truly is the whole package. If you need more iron and more buttery goodness in your diet, try adding this as one of your easter dinner foods.
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- Boar’s Head Honeycoat Deli Ham
Hot tip: If you’re hosting a very small gathering or just feeding yourself Easter dinner, you don’t have to make a whole-ass ham. Go to the deli counter, ask them to cut thick slabs of this high-quality Boar’s Head deli ham, and, voila, Easter dinner is done. Once your sides are ready, just heat the ham slabs in a pan or the oven, and douse them with ham gravy if you’re feelin’ saucy.
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- La Brea Take and Bake French Dinner Rolls
Dinner rolls are a must. Why? Because bread is good. Simple as that. Also, this bread is truly delicious. Danny called these a “restaurant quality, chewy, savory, yeasty French roll.” Plus they are take and bake so you get them fresh out of the oven all warm and crispy. I don’t know what else you need to hear, in the scheme of ideas for Easter dinner, these seem like a must.
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- Del Monte Golden Sweet Whole Kernel Corn
We now enter the corn portion of today’s program. Not only does it have the juice (and arguably more juice than straight-up corn on the cob), canned corn is also just a buttery and delicious treat. Danny said he would eat this stuff straight out of the can because it’s “surprisingly crispy—this isn’t mushy, textureless, cooked-to-oblivion corn.” He also said, “the flavor is just excellent,” calling the corn “buttery, salty, and sweet.” What more could you want from canned corn?
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- Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix
This may not be super traditional, but if you are one of those people who prefer cornbread to actual corn (or if you just really like cornbread) this would make a great side dish to add to your list of ideas for Easter dinner this year. In the world of cornbread, the one Jiffy is king. Senior writer Jordan Myrick described Jiffy cornbread as “moist and tender.” They also mentioned that the “flavor is sweet, but not too sweet. It’s very mild and standard in the perfect way.” Get yourself some cornbread this Easter. Mix it up. Your family will thank you.
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- Tofurky Ham-Style Roast
If ham isn’t your jam, there’s always plant-based ham roast. Prior to Thanksgiving, the Sporked team taste tested turkey-style meatless roasts, but this ham-style one is news to us. We can’t necessarily vouch for the flavor, but we love an easy, vegetarian dinner option.
Thoughts? Questions? Complete disagreement? Leave a comment!