19 mouth-watering Easter side dishes

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19 mouth-watering Easter side dishes

Muffaletta Salad

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Spicy Cheese Crisps

These cheese crisps are perfect if you need a snack to serve while dinner is being prepared, or you want something to pass at the table instead of rolls. And, again, only two ingredients! You just mix up some crushed cheese crackers with some freshly shredded Colby Jack cheese, spoon onto a baking sheet and bake. Delish!

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Sun-Dried Tomato Cauliflower

​This dish couldn't possibly be easier with only two ingredients, one of which you might already have in your cupboard. Just toss cauliflower florets with store-bought sun-dried tomato pesto and roast! Done and done!

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Merry Graham's Mexican Confetti Quinoa Pilaf

This colorful quinoa pilaf is the perfect addition to Easter dinner, as the light and bright flavors and texture will counteract some of the heavier dishes. Plus, it would be hard to top this when it comes to nutritional value.

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Curtis Stone's Baked Mashed Potatoes with Pancetta

These are basically mashed potatoes with bacon, but doesn't pancetta sound fancier? A secret ingredient -- mascarpone cheese adds a sweet creamy flavor.

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Curtis Stone's Potato, Cauliflower, and Camembert Gratin

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Jane Leeves' Roasted Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato with Arugula and Balsamic

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Jesse and Jilly Lagasse's Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Squash

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Blue Cheese Ranch Mashed Potatoes

​We're about to blow your mind with this mashed potato recipe. A combination of mashed potatoes and parsnips gets kicked up with additions including blue cheese, herbs, sour cream and more.

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Ryan Scott's Green Bean Casserole with Celery Root and Bacon

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Carla Hall's Candied Acorn Squash

This candied acorn squash is beautiful on the table and the caramel complements the natural sweetness of the squash.

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Jacques Pépin's Garlic Mashed Potatoes

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Curtis Stone's Roasted Cauliflower, Broccoli and Pasta Bake with White Cheddar

This is a side that could be a main dish if you are looking a vegetarian entree. The vegetables are roasted separately to develop maximum flavor.

Tip: No need to buy pre-made breadcrumbs. Just make your own with the leftover bread you already have in your pantry.

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Orange

Adding all-fruit orange preserves to mashed sweet potato will make your guests say, hmmm, wondering where the citrus-y undertones came from.

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Chef Ludo's Potato Cake with Onions

If you have the time, and you want to wow your dinner guests, make Ludo's spiral-layered potato cake. By cooking this glamourous "cake" slowly in clarified butter, you will achieve a French "confit."

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Tip: Don't bother to chop up the cauliflower -- if you cook it with half a cup of liquid (water or stock) in a tightly covered pan, the steam will cook it through, and you can just mash it up.

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Chef Robert Irvine's Roasted Radish and Yellow Beet Salad

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Hudson's Favorite Potato Salad

This potato salad recipe (which happens to be Curtis Stone's favorite dish ever) is a crowd pleaser and easy to make when you're multitasking a holiday meal featuring many different dishes. It is meant to be served warm, but you could totally make it ahead.

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Mac & Cheese with Leeks and Ham

Tip: Don't overcook your roux for this recipe. When it starts to turn brown, it won't have as much thickening power and will also darken your white cream sauce.

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Easter is quickly approaching and whether you're hosting a meal, or just need a side dish to bring to a pot luck, we've got you covered. From couldn't-be-easier to slightly more time consuming but extremely elegant, we're counting down 19 delectable side dish recipes you could serve at an Easter dinner.

Our list has everything from spicy cheese crisps to colorful quinoa pilaf! Click through the slideshow above to find a dish for your festive gathering.

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What's your favorite side dish to serve at Easter? Tell us in the comments!

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