I don’t know how or when Easter brunch became a thing, but it seems appropriate that a holiday which celebrates resurrection and new life would begin with a morning feast. Brunch is such a lovely meal. Wedged in that golden hour between morning and afternoon, brunch is the meal where anything goes. You can eat pancakes or a burger, eggs or french toast. One of my favorite local restaurants even serves a french toast platter with scoops of cinnamon ice cream on top for Sunday brunch. So yes, you can even eat ice cream for brunch. You’re welcome.
I find the more variety I can pack into a brunch menu, the better. I like a little bit of savory, a little bit of sweet, and some strong coffee and mimosas to round everything out. At the same time, I don’t want to strap myself with loads of work in the kitchen, and I certainly don’t want to get up any earlier than I have to. Many folks, myself included, attend special church services Easter morning, so managing a large brunch for a crowd can be a logistical nightmare.
That’s why, for this Ultimate Easter Brunch Menu, I’ve included some of my favorite recipes and a few quality store bought entrees which makes prepping an epic brunch a breeze. Everything on this menu is make ahead friendly, so you can relax and celebrate the holiday with your family rather than slaving in the kitchen.
Here are my essentials for the Ultimate Easter Brunch:
First, an egg dish. I like to leave this one to the pros, meaning I buy a couple of high quality quiches from La Terra Fina, who makes a classic Quiche Lorraine, Broccoli Cheddar, and Spinach Artichoke. (The Broccoli Cheddar is my fav!) They all bake up in 25 minutes with a golden, flaky crust, and tender centers. Done and done!
Next, something sweet. I like to go with a simple quick bread here. They’re make ahead friendly and easy to serve. My favorite is my Sour Cream Banana Bread, but you could also go with a muffin–these Lemon Raspberry Poppyseed Muffins just scream spring!- or a simple coffee cake like this Blueberry Buckle Coffee Cake.
Then, something green. I know salad might seem a bit out of place on a brunch menu, but I find a little something green is always welcome. This Strawberry Spinach Salad with Lemon Dressing is sweet enough for a morning meal, and always adds a nice pop of color to the table.
Finally, drinks! Mimosas are great– I’ve been eyeing these gorgeous Blood Orange Mimosas, but a simple orange juice and strong coffee will do you just fine.
Just for kicks, I added some store bought English muffins with homemade jam and butter and a few bowls of fruit. I am loving Cara Cara oranges right now, which are pictured above, but a bowl of fresh berries would also be a lovely herald for spring!
That’s it, folks! Your easy, beautiful, Easter brunch of epic proportions! Now go forth and have a lovely, stress-free Easter!
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