Southern Easter Menu and Cooking Timeline

A Southern Easter lunch or supper is a meal that is full of everyone’s favorites in my family. While the eggs have been dyed and hidden in every imaginable hiding spot for the younger members of the family to find, this simple and easy Easter meal is ready to be enjoyed as soon as the prize egg is found!



A Southern Easter Menu

Cola Glazed Ham

Company Potatoes

Green Beans

Southern Fried Corn

Squash Casserole

Deviled Eggs

Maytag Wedge Salad

Sally Lunn Bread

Southern Banana Pudding

Fresh Lemonade

You can easily prepare much of this meal ahead of time and keep in the refrigerator to be warmed for Easter lunch or supper.

Simple Make-Ahead Cooking Timeline

Two Days Prior 

Prepare the following dishes and store in refrigerator.

  • Ham
  • Green Beans
  • Squash Casserole
  • Deviled Eggs
  • Lemonade

One Day Prior

Set tables.

Arrange serving platters and utensils on buffet or table. Use placeholders to identify which dishes will go in each of the platters.

Prepare the following dishes and store in refrigerator.

  • Company Potatoes – Cook potatoes without adding sour cream and cheese. When heating to serve, add the sour cream and cheese at that time.
  • Fried Corn
  • Maytag Wedge Salad – cut wedges, but do not dress with Maytag crumbles and dressing until ready to serve.
  • Banana Pudding

Bake Sally Lunn Bread and keep in an airtight container or on a cake plate covered tightly.

1 Hour Prior

Reheat the following dishes.

  • Ham
  • Company Potatoes – with sour cream and cheese
  • Squash Casserole

30 Minutes Prior

Reheat the following dishes.

  • Green Beans
  • Fried Corn

10 Minutes Prior

Assemble Wedge Salads.

Place everything on buffet for serving.


What’s on your Easter menu?


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  1. 15

    Marla says

    Can the ham be done in the crockpot? If so, for how long and at what setting? I am hoping I can stick it in the crockpot to cook slowly and then stick it in the oven at 425 for the final step. All the recipes look delicious!

  2. 18

    Mary says

    You just made my Easter menu planning a lot easier!!! I would have to say “Spot On”!!lol Thanks for sharing!!!!

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