13 Easter Dishes You Can Make Without a Recipe

April 10, 2017

Here's your Easter feast, covered. Potato and pasta salads are light and fresh for spring; deviled eggs are always a crowd pleaser, and you can make them the night before. And there are plenty of spring vegetables and desserts to cap everything off. 

Here are eleven dishes that will make it look like you’ve been planning Easter dinner for weeks:

Baked Brie

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Potato Salad


Cobb Salad




Deviled Eggs


Fruit Crumble


Savory Galette


Pasta Salad


Bread Pudding


Baked Eggs


Cereal Treats


Puréed Vegetable Soup

This roundup originally ran last Easter—it's being re-published today in the spirit of the holiday! 

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Jaime Brockway

Written by: Jaime Brockway

Polenta, mac and cheese, farmers' market breakfasts, smoky food & drink. These are a few of my favorite things. I was an editorial intern @Food52 in 2015!


M April 10, 2017
Why does this site keep saying these aren't recipes? They might be highly adaptable and forgiving, but they are still "a set of instructions for making or preparing something, especially a food dish."

Some, at least, trend a bit more towards suggestions, but there are others that literally offer amounts and ratios.

The galette link is one of the most egregious examples, where it undermines its own claim in the text, linking to a dough recipe to follow.
Priscilla H. March 25, 2016
I'm making baked stuffed pork chops, fresh pineapple (possibly grilled), and mixed greens including kale salad / blue cheese dressing. Dessert? White coconut cake (Pepperidge Farms) with whipped cream nest & tiny jelly beans on each slice. Easy & quick!