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The Make-Ahead Easter Menu Everyone Will Love

03/24/2015 10:32 am ET | Updated May 24, 2015
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By Leah Koenig

With this prep-in-advance spread, you'll have plenty of time to hunt for Easter eggs.

1. Minty Pea Soup

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PHOTO CREDIT: HIRSHEIMER & HAMILTON

This fresh pea soup is the essence of spring. To serve it as an hors d'oeuvre, offer shot glasses filled with the vibrant, minty pea soup. You'll stretch a pot to feed a bunch, and guests will still have room for dinner.

2. Gratin Dauphinoise (Scalloped Potatoes)

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PHOTO CREDIT: CHRIS GENTILE

The creamy richness of a potato gratin balances out the salty-sweet ham.

3. Harissa-and-Maple-Roasted Carrots

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PHOTO CREDIT: PHOTO BY MICHAEL GRAYDON & NIKOLE HERRIOTT

Just a little harissa is all you need to transform plain roasted carrots into a party-worthy side.

4. Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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PHOTO CREDIT: LARA FERRONI

Pretty much anything covered in cream-cheese frosting will be a slam-dunk dessert. And carrot cake is no exception.