4 Tasty Easter Brunch Recipes
With egg hunts, church services and other big Easter events happening during the earlier part of the day, brunch is a perfect fit for celebrating one of spring’s biggest holidays. These Easter brunch menu ideas are sure to inspire you and delight your friends and family. Feel free to use our delicious Easter brunch ideas as inspiration to whip up your own culinary creation or find a detailed guide to making a dish that works for your specific needs. Either way, we’ll help you fill your table with delicious delights for an Easter to remember.
Like many brunch ideas for Easter, this one uses eggs, but perhaps in a way you haven’t tried before. If you’ve never made strata before, this is a fantastic dish for big events; it’s delicious, easy and fit for a crowd. One nice thing about strata is that you can make a few different batches to satisfy all your guests’ needs too, whether you need to omit gluten or meat. So, what exactly is it? Strata is essentially a savory bread pudding. It has a similar basic concept; you combine chunks of bread and a mixture of eggs and milk in an oven-safe dish, let it sit for several hours and then bake it. The difference is that strata uses savory ingredients like meat, roasted vegetables, cheese and spices to dress up.
Start by cutting up chunks of your favorite crusty bread and layer it in a baking dish with your “topping” ingredients. Then, mix together equal parts egg and milk with a pinch of salt, toss the bread chunks in to coat and let it all marinate together for at least 20 minutes and as long as overnight. Preheat your oven to 350 and bake it before your guests arrive so you can focus your day-of prep efforts on setting the table and spending time with family.
If you want to go for something sweet and wholesome, consider an oatmeal bake. Like strata, this is a baked dish that adds a special, hearty twist to standard breakfast fare. You can add nuts, fruit and spices for extra flavor, and if you want, you can even use ingredients such as peanut butter and chocolate chips to make something the kids will love. Oats are high in protein and fiber, and depending on which recipe you choose, your baked oatmeal can get a further protein boost by adding eggs and milk. Feel free to plate your baked oatmeal with fresh fruit, honey, maple syrup and/or a little scoop of Greek yogurt to make it a complete dish.
Challah French Toast
Challah is a fluffy braided bread with a uniquely dense-yet-airy texture that makes it ideal for French toast. As an added bonus, French toast is pretty easy to make, and you can cook it early in the morning and stick it in a warm oven to stay fresh until your guests arrive. There are a lot of different flavor possibilities to try with this dish; you can add everything from cinnamon and orange zest to nutmeg and almond extract to your egg mixture. French toast is also a great choice for buffet-style Easter brunch menus because it’s so easy for guests to serve to themselves.
For many people, Easter is a celebration of spring’s bounty, and you can capture this seasonal spirit when you use fresh springtime veggies as part of your brunch. Asparagus is a particularly delightful seasonal treat, and it’s a great choice for brunch. While asparagus in omelets or served under a blanket of hollandaise for eggs Benedict, you can showcase this lovely green vegetable at its decorative best by featuring it in a tart.
There are a few ways to approach this dish, but if you want to keep it super simple, try using frozen puff pastry to make a tart shell, and then add trimmed and cleaned asparagus in a decorative arrangement inside. Top with some delicious cheese, bake until golden brown and you’re all set. You can also use asparagus as the top layer of a spring quiche for more color and flavor. However you approach it, you might try to stick with uniformly thin, long asparagus spears to ensure they cook evenly. You can then serve your tart or quiche with a side salad for more bright veggie goodness.