The day typically ends with family dinner. Whether we’re having a
meal for two or 20, or eating at home or going to a restaurant, the idea
of the Easter family dinner tradition is to celebrate togetherness.
And since Easter dinner is typically the first big family meal of the
year, we pull out all the stops. We’re talking about everything from
making special family favourite foods to using the fancy cookware, to
bringing out the card table for games, and listening to old school
“Everybody would cook and bring a dish to Momma’s house. We’d
have potato salad, greens, ham, cornbread, black eyed peas, rolls, green
beans, and pies. Lots of pies. There’d be so much food we would
encourage everybody to come—whether you went to our church or not. We
had an open-door policy on Easter. Nobody got turned away.” —Kim B.
“I try to get a head start on our Easter dinner by prepping the
night before. The dinner usually consists of brisket, baked chicken,
pineapple brown sugar glazed ham, homemade macaroni and cheese, greens
with smoked jowl, mashed potatoes and gravy, green rice casserole, a key
lime pie, and homemade pound cake for dessert. As part of my family
tradition, growing up my grandmother and mom always believed in feeding
anyone who wanted to eat, so in preparation of that we cook for
everyone’s differences and preference, by cooking and baking dishes with
variety and flavour.” —Ayanna G.
“After church, we would head to my parents for Sunday/Easter
dinner. Ever since we were kids, we’ve had gumbo. I have no idea how
that tradition started in our family, but it’s delicious and it’s what
we do.” —Alisha A.
Quick tips for Easter Dinner
- Create an Easter Sunday playlist. Ask family members to
send you their favourite gospel songs to create the ultimate Easter
playlist to play during your family gathering.
- Host friendly family cook-offs. Find out who really makes the best sweet potato pie and give the winner bragging rights (until next year).
- Count your blessings. After yummy dishes and desserts, ask each person to share his or her favourite Easter memory from the day.