One Hour Easter Dinner

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An entire Easter Dinner made in an hour (or less), baked in the oven together, and all on 2 sheet pans! 

An ENTIRE Easter Dinner made in under an hour! Two sheet pans hold all the food that is baked at the same time!! This Sheet Pan Easter Dinner consists of: roasted Parmesan asparagus, honey-butter roasted carrots, pineapple brown sugar ham, cheesy au gratin potatoes, and a toasted baguette. via chelseasmessyapron.com

This Sheet Pan Easter Dinner consists of: roasted Parmesan asparagus, honey-butter roasted carrots, pineapple brown sugar ham, cheesy au gratin potatoes, and a toasted baguette.

A plateful of easter dinner ideas- ham, carrots, potatoes, and asparagus

The toddler loves to help pick out my clothes for the day. It’s one of his favorite things to do and no matter how quickly I try to get dressed after a shower, he always shows up with his own agenda of what I should wear.

To this date, he’s never actually picked something even remotely color-coordinated or seasonally appropriate, but I’ll humor him and wear whatever he wants me to if I have nowhere to go for the day.

Image of the roasted asparagus that goes into this easter dinner menu

Instead of just picking out my clothes, he’s also recently started commenting on various pieces of clothing in my closet.

I happen to have a blue polka-dotted shirt that matches the sheets on his bed so he told me the shirt “looks like a bed and might make me sleepy.”

Yesterday he picked up some of my keyhole high heels and gave them a good study. He asked me, “Mom, do you like these shoes?” I replied that I did, in fact, like the shoes.

He looked confused at my response and immediately told me, “I no like these shoes. They have BIG holes in them!” He followed up with a request that I not wear those shoes for the day. ?

Another day he told me my jacket looked like the baby’s diapers (same colors) . I haven’t worn it since…

Image of all the food on two sheet pans cooked

He seems to get more and more opinionated every single day and I love hearing those opinions…well, most of the time. πŸ™‚ And his opinion on this dish? He LOVED it. The carrots and potatoes won in his book, but he had no complaints for the rest of it.

I’ve been totally obsessed with sheet pan dinners lately (as I’m sure you’ve noticed) and so I had a blast brainstorming and creating this sheet pan Easter dinner.

Not only is the prep time ridiculously little, but each of the individual dishes are insanely good.
Image of the sheet pan with carrots and asparagus that goes with this easter dinner meals

A quick overview of all the dishes you’ll need for this Easter Dinner:

  • 2 Extra Large Sheet Pans: one you’ll cook the veggies on and the other will hold the ham, potatoes, and toasted baguette.
  • 1 small pot for the au gratin potatoes — you’ll get the potatoes tender on the stove-top and then crispy in the oven
  • Measuring cups/spoons

And that is seriously IT. I supposed you might want a few prep bowls to mix sauces in, but two two sauces (carrots and ham glaze) really could be mixed in the measuring cups you’re already using.

You’re not even going to believe how easy clean up is after this meal! Especially if you line the sheet pans with parchment paper — clean-up is a total breeze.

Image of the easter dinner on a plate with a fork on the side

 

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The ingredient list may seem a bit lengthy — tons of the ingredients overlap, but I wrote them twice to avoid any confusion. The directions may also seem long, but I broke down this meal into steps you can quickly and efficiently execute.

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One Hour Easter Dinner

5 from 13 votes
This Sheet Pan Easter Dinner consists of roasted Parmesan asparagus, honey-butter roasted carrots, pineapple brown sugar ham, cheesy au gratin potatoes, and a toasted baguette.
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One Hour Easter Dinner

5 from 13 votes
This Sheet Pan Easter Dinner consists of roasted Parmesan asparagus, honey-butter roasted carrots, pineapple brown sugar ham, cheesy au gratin potatoes, and a toasted baguette.
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword Easter Dinner
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Chelsea, inspired by the Food Network

Ingredients

Au Gratin Potatoes

  • 3 cups Yukon Gold potatoes, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon EACH: onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper
  • 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese, freshly grated
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated

Honey Butter Carrots

  • 1 pound baby carrots,* washed and peeled
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, optional
  • 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey

Parmesan Asparagus

  • 1 bunch thick asparagus, woody ends removed
  • 1/2 teaspoon EACH: garlic powder, dried basil, dried thyme
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated

Brown Sugar Pineapple Ham

  • 1 and 1/2 pounds Smoked Boneless Ham, OR 3 (7 ounces EACH) ham steaks (halved crosswise)
  • 1 can sliced pineapples (reserve the juice)
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard

Optional

  • 1/2 large baguette, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • Fresh parsley, fresh lemon

Instructions

  • Prepare two extra large sheet pans by lining them with parchment paper or buttering both pans. Arrange the oven racks so that one rack is the second down from the top and the other oven rack is the second one up from the bottom. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Au Gratin Potatoes

  • Start with the potatoes. Scrub clean and then thinly slice (1/8th inch thick) all the potatoes. In a small saucepan over medium high heat, melt the butter. Briskly whisk in the flour and, whisking constantly, stir for 30 seconds. While whisking constantly, slowly add in the milk and whisk until smooth. Allow to thicken. Add in all of the seasonings. (Salt and pepper to taste; I alway end up adding another 1/2 teaspoon salt). Stir in the sliced potatoes and then cover and reduce the heat to medium low. Allow to cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until potatoes are fork tender. If needed, add a few extra tablespoons of milk. Remove from the heat and stir in the cheddar cheese. 
  • Arrange the potatoes on 1/3 of a parchment covered (or buttered) sheet pan. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese over the potatoes. Place the rest of the potatoes on top and then sprinkle with the remaining 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese.

Honey Butter Carrots & Parmesan Asparagus

  • Place the washed (completely dried) and peeled carrots on the sheet pan and drizzle with oil, salt and thyme (if desired). Toss to combine. Separate the carrots to one half of the sheet pan.
  • On the other side of the sheet pan add the asparagus (break off the woody ends). Pour the oil and seasonings over the asparagus and toss to coat.
  • Bake on the bottom rack for 10 minutes; stir veggies around, and bake for another 10-15 minutes or until the veggies are tender. Remove from the oven.
  • For the carrots: combine the butter and honey and melt in the microwave for 20-30 seconds. Pour over the carrots and toss to coat. For the asparagus: top with the Parmesan cheese and a squeeze of fresh lemon if desired.

Brown Sugar Pineapple Ham

  • Slice the ham into thick slices. Place on the parchment lined sheet pan next to the au gratin potatoes. Place a pineapple slice on top of each ham slice.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together 1 tablespoon of the juice from the canned pineapples, 1/4 cup brown sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard. Whisk. Generously coat all of the ham with this mixture.
  • Bake the potatoes and ham on the top rack for 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are crisp and ham is thoroughly warmed through. Remove from the oven and add the baguette slices on the last 1/3 of the sheet pan.
  • Spread butter over each slice and sprinkle with the Italian seasoning. Cook for another 2-3 minutes or until the baguette is toasted and soft.
  • Remove from the oven and top the potatoes with fresh parsley if desired. Salt and pepper everything additionally to taste and enjoy immediately!

Recipe Notes

*If you only have larger carrots, make sure you slice them in half lengthwise so they can cook in the right amount of time.

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46 Comments

    1. I’m converted. Started this recipe while on Zoom with the in-laws during this Pandemic at 12:30, served after Easter pics at 1:30 and by 2:30 the kitchen was completely cleaned. The food was lovely and easy to make. The only substitution I made was putting Tarragon instead of Thyme on the carrots.

      1. I am seriously so happy to hear this! So glad you were able to have a good Easter meal even during this time of craziness! Thanks for your comment! πŸ™‚

  1. Seriously…this is genius. I LOVE sheet pan or one pan meals. This is perfect for a lovely but easy holiday meal where mom is not in the kitchen all day.

  2. haha! I’m so glad someone else has a toddler who does the same thing. The other day after I got dressed for work my three year old was like Mom, that doesn’t look good….. so I appreciate this post! This meal looks so delish and convenient in an hour!

    1. Sure; you probably would need to do 4 sheet pans and 2 baking times though (Cook the 2 pans of potatoes + ham at once and then 2 pans of the veggies)

  3. 5 stars
    Haha! The things I have to look forward to with my little boy! He’s already sassy so I’m sure I’m in for it.

    This looks amazing. I’m looking for Easter dinner ideas and this looks up my ally.

    Also I LOVE your plate. Can you share where it is from?

    1. Thank you so much Tara!! The plate is actually a custom made Etsy plate πŸ™‚ Her shop name is “Muddy Raven” I hope that helps!

  4. Hi,
    This looks delicious! 1 quick question: Do you cook the veggies first and then are you cooking the ham/potatoes? How did you keep the veggies warm/fresh tasting while waiting for ham?

    1. You can cook them both at the same time! πŸ™‚ You’ll do the ham and potatoes on the top rack and veggies at the bottom. If you do all the prep beforehand it works nicely to bake together.

  5. 5 stars
    I made this for our Easter meal, and it was delicious! I would allow much more time for prep, though. It took me about an hour and fifteen minutes prep time, but maybe I’m just slow. πŸ™‚

  6. 5 stars
    Thank you for this outstanding recipe–my first sheetpan meal and my first time making potatoes au gratin. My husband loved it. We are thinking we will pull back on the tarragon and ramp up the salt a little on the asparagus. That’s all–so good! Happy Easter!

  7. 5 stars
    This was great! last minute change of plans left my family of three stuck at home on Easter; so happy to find a complete, classic meal recipe that didn’t call for an entire ham, full day of cooking, or a huge grocery budget. Totally delicious and just the right amount for us to enjoy a day of leftovers. Thank you!

    1. I love getting comments like this!! I’m so happy it was a hit and you were able to enjoy an Easter dinner even though plans changed! Thank you πŸ™‚

  8. 5 stars
    Hi Chelsea,

    I wanted to let you know I made the Easter dinner and my whole family enjoyed it! Everything had great flavor and I received multiple compliments from my family (including our two teenagers). Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I will definitely make it again!

    1. Thanks so much for the comment Carmen! I’m so happy your family enjoyed this Easter dinner!! πŸ™‚

  9. 5 stars
    This was awesome! I was short on time and was only cooking for 4 so this worked perfectly for our easter dinner! Main dish and plenty of sides all under and hour! You don’t happen to have a thanksgiving sheet pan dinner do you? ??

    1. So, so happy to hear that! Thank you for the comment Brittany πŸ™‚ Funny you mention Thanksgiving sheet pan dinner, I was literally brainstorming that out today πŸ™‚ I’ll definitely have one published when it gets closer to Thanksgiving πŸ™‚

  10. I feel the prep time estimate and number of extra dishes needed is low. The flavors were good though. I especially like the asparagus.

  11. Grest idea! Love this kind of thinking.
    Asparagus is not our favorite . Can I sub broccoli making it the same way?
    Strawberry shortcake for desert!
    Thanks

    1. I’m so happy you’re going to give this a try! I haven’t tried subbing in a different veggie but I think broccoli should sub just fine! Let me know what you think! Thanks for your comment! πŸ™‚

  12. Different Andrea
    2 of us for dinner tomorrow. Have all the ingredients for a 1 hour Easter dinner. Looking forward to it.

  13. Hi saw this on facebook.Since we are in self isolation during the pandemic with no family dinners at this time,this will be great for my husband and myself. Thank you for sharing,have a Blessed and safe Easter!

    1. I’m so happy you found this! Hope you enjoyed and are staying safe and healthy as well! Thanks for your comment! πŸ™‚

  14. 5 stars
    This turned out really lovely for our small quarantine Easter dinner. I had actually never made a holiday meal before, and this worked perfectly. Thank you!

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