This morning my coworker, Amy, and I were chatting about what we were planning on cooking for Easter this year. It turns out that Amy and her family always do Easter brunch after the whole family attends their church services. Every year they decide on whose house they’ll be going to and they all bring a couple of dishes to add to the spread. It’s basically an Easter brunch potluck!
I’m sure that Amy isn’t the only one whose family celebrates Easter with a full brunch, so I thought I’d share some delicious ideas for you to cook up your very own “Egg-cellent Easter Brunch.” Even if you don’t celebrate Easter, I think you’ll still enjoy making these recipes anytime this spring!
Easter Sunday is a busy day, so it’s always nice if you can prepare some of your dishes the night before. Then, all you have to do is heat a few things up while you’re setting the table!
I think most of us can agree that eggs are an Easter all-star ingredient. Not only do we cook with them, but we also make them out of chocolate, decorate them, and even hide them! So of course, you’ve got to have some eggy dishes on your table.
Clockwise from top left: Egg and Cheese Biscuit Bake | Sunburst Spring Vegetable Quiche with Puff Pastry | Eggs and Hash Brown Skillet | Garden Vegetable Hash | Broccoli, Cheddar, & Eggs Hashbrowns Cups | Garden Quiche
Deli Salads/Finger Sandwiches:
Finger sandwiches are great at brunch. You can just make a few different kinds of deli salads, like egg salad (there they are again!), chicken salad, and tuna salad and let everyone choose what they like best. You can make a whole sandwich, remove the crust, and cut across it diagonally for a simple triangle shape, or you can use cookie cutters to make fun Easter-shaped finger sandwiches.
You can also make a deli-style ham salad if you’re not planning on having ham at dinner!
I always think of brunch as a buffet-style meal. There’s a little bit of breakfast, a little bit of lunch, some snacks, maybe a little dinner. Variety is key, and if you’ve got friends and family bringing dishes or you’ve been invited to someone else’s brunch, then you might want to try some of these easy sides:
An Easter brunch wouldn’t be very brunch-like if there wasn’t a homemade fruity punch or tea to go along with all the food. The theme for your Easter beverages should be fruity and refreshing! Here’s a super simple Easter Brunch Punch:
If you’re planning on having Easter dinner later, then you might want to skip out on dessert. But if you’re like me and you never miss an opportunity for something sweet, then you can add a couple of light desserts to your brunch spread.
Okay, I’d probably throw in a Strawberry Shortcake Monkey Bread too…
I hope I’ve given you some great ideas for your Easter brunch. I have a pretty good feeling your family will love these recipes, but before I go, I want to share a little family tradition that Amy shared with me!
During Easter dinner, everyone picks their favorite decorated egg and they play a game that’s traditionally called “Egg Tapping” or “Egg Knocking.” Each player competes by holding their hard-boiled egg in one hand, pointy side up or down, and “knocking” it against another person’s egg to see whose egg cracks first. The winner goes on to compete against the winner of another pair, using the same egg and following the same rules, until there is one final winner. The victor is rewarded with an Easter basket filled with goodies and, of course, a chocolate bunny.
It sounds like so much fun that I think I might play it with my family this year! Okay, now it’s your turn to tell me…
What is your favorite Easter tradition?