Fresh Ideas for Your Easter Brunch Menu

Easter Brunch
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Easter brunch traditionally features a ham at its center, but frittatas, quiches, savory bread puddings, waffles, and pancakes can also play a starring role. And there's no reason to stop there—mix and match several, especially if you have a crowd. You'll find lots of brunch ideas below, including a few spring salads, brunchy cocktails, and even fun egg-themed desserts to include in the mix. 

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    Apricot-Stuffed Baked Ham

    Baked Ham

    The tart sweetness of apricot keeps this baked ham from getting too sweet. This simple apricot-stuffed baked ham is lovely with any of the yummy eggs or baked goods below.

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    Spring Leek Frittata

    Spring Frittata With Leeks and Herbs
    Molly Watson

    Besides the delicate spring flavor of spring leek frittata, the advantage of this dish is that is it delicious warm or even at room temperature—something that's not true of most egg dishes. 

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    Bacon Cheddar Quiche

    Bacon Cheddar Quiche
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    A super savory quiche like this bacon and cheddar quiche is an especially welcome counterpoint if the rest of your menu is on the sweet side.

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    Asparagus Leek Quiche

    Asparagus Leek Quiche
    Molly Watson

    Keep the center of the brunch spring-like with this asparagus-leek quiche. It's easy to make—especially if you start with a store-bought crust.

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    Eggs Benedict

    Eggs Benedict with Arugula
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    There are endless variations of Eggs Benedict, but we happen to really enjoy this take on the traditional brunch favorite—especially when you add a layer of spring arugula as pictured here. Yum!

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    Eggs Florentine

    Eggs Florentine
    Elaine Lemm

    For those who want an excuse to slurp up hollandaise, but aren't into ham, Canadian or otherwise, Eggs Florentine is the answer. Baby spinach is perfect for Eggs Florentine, as are other spring greens, such as dandelion greens or pea greens.

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    Shirred Eggs

    Shirred Eggs
    Diana Rattray

    Shirred eggs are traditionally baked in individual containers. They're good for brunch because they can be prepped ahead of time and then heated at a later point in time. Plus, it's easy to customize different ones (dairy-free, gluten-free, low sodium, etc.) for your guests, if you like.

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    Deviled Egg Chicks

    Chick-Shaped Deviled Eggs
    Leah Maroney

    These deviled egg chicks are a fun and adorable way to use up some of those Easter eggs. Remember: only use eggs that have been kept chilled.

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    Savory Spinach Bread Pudding

    Spinach and Cheese Bread Pudding
    Molly Watson

    Mix up your brunch game with this savory spinach bread pudding. Use any spring green, such as pea greens or fava greens, in place of the spinach, if you like, for even more of a spring effect. Best of all, it can be completely assembled the day before and baked when you're ready to serve.

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     It may not be a common Easter tradition, but for those who love cured fish for brunch, there is nothing better than gravlax. It's shockingly easy to make from scratch as well—you just need to plan a few days ahead of time so it has time to cure in the fridge.

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    Homemade Bagels

    Montreal-Style Poppyseed Bagels
    Molly Watson

    If you're going to make homemade gravlax, you may as well double-down and bake homemade bagels, no? These Montreal-style bagels are a touch sweeter than other versions in a way that seems perfect for a holiday brunch. Serve with cream cheese, slivered red onion, sliced tomato, and, to keep things special, some capers and fresh spring dill. 

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    Hot Cross Buns

    Hot Cross Buns
    Diana Rattray

    There may be no more traditional item on the Easter brunch table, than hot cross buns. And yes, while you can just buy them from a bakery, the homemade ones are much easier to make than you think. 

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    Italian Easter Bread

    Italian Easter Bread
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    An enriched yeasted dough—plus some fancy braiding—make this Italian Easter bread a special addition to brunch. 

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    Perfectly Beautiful Scones

    Classic Scones
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    Scones are the fancy person's muffins—a quick bread that requires just the teeniest bit more work. Handle the dough as little as possible and don't over bake to make sure these perfectly beautiful scones are as tender as can be.

    Serve with some clotted cream and berry jam and your guests will be in heaven!

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    Strawberry Ricotta Muffins

    Roasted Strawberry Muffins
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    Strawberry ricotta muffins are a delightful addition to any brunch menu. These, in particular, are super moist as a result of the ricotta. Roasting the strawberries intensifies the flavor and keeps the fruit from getting soggy—it's a perfect balance.

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    Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Cake

    Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble Cake
    Diana Rattray

    If you can't decide between a strawberry coffee cake or a rhubarb one, this strawberry rhubarb crumb cake recipe is for you. Sweet and full of spring fruit, this sweet addition makes a well-rounded Easter menu.

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    Sour Cream Coffee Cake

    Sour Cream Coffee Cake
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    Cakey and tender, this sour cream coffee cake is a classic that fits in on pretty much any brunch menu. The simple cinnamon and nut flavors aren't too polarizing, either.

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    Tender Homemade Pancakes

    Yogurt Pancakes with Blueberries
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    The secret to these delicious tender homemade pancakes is plain yogurt: it lets you make the batter in a flash and keeps the pancakes moist and tender. Add blueberries, as pictured, or serve with fresh spring strawberries.

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    Homemade Waffles

    Homemade Waffles
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    While there are plenty of ready-made pancake mixes, we think there's nothing quite like making homemade waffles. Have a crowd? Just keep them warm in a 200 F oven until all the batches are complete.

    Don't forget to set the butter out so it comes to room temperature!

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    Bacon Egg Cheese Waffles

    Bacon Egg Cheese Waffles
    Leah Maroney

    Speaking of waffles, you can take them in a savory direction, too! These bacon egg cheese waffles have all the elements of a classic breakfast sandwich but in a sweet, waffle form. This is a great selection for guests who have an equally savory and sweet tooth.

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    French Toast

    French Toast with Maple Syrup
    Diana Rattray

    Humble, sweet, and crowd-pleasing—there really isn't a reason not to consider French toast for your Easter brunch. Whether you're looking for a basic recipe or something with a twist, this list of french toast recipes fit the bill. 

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    Lyonnaise Potatoes

    Lyonnaise Potatoes
    Diana Rattray

    Mix up your home-fry game with this simple version of Lyonnaise potatoes from France. It includes a bit of onion, is cooked with plenty of butter, and has lovely crispy browned edges. 

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    Asparagus Butter Lettuce Salad

    Spring Asparagus Salad
    Molly Watson

    This asparagus butter lettuce salad is wonderfully simple: raw asparagus and butter lettuce are tossed with a lemony vinaigrette and topped with mozzarella and pistachios in this very green, springy salad. The final flavor (and textures) far surpass the marginal effort it requires to put together. The thinly sliced asparagus has a clean, fresh flavor that will be most delightful to those who've only had this spring vegetable cooked.

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    Endive Kumquat Salad

    Endive Kumquat Salad
    Molly Watson

    Speaking of salads, a little bit bitter and a little bit sweet, the endives and kumquats make this endive kumquat salad a wonderful during spring.  

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    Peas & Carrots

    Peas and Carrots
    Molly Watson

    Green peas for you, orange carrots for Peter Cottontail. Seriously though, peas and carrots have gotten a bum rap from frozen and canned versions. Try this one, made with spring's best produce to see why the two-some is such a dynamic duo for this peas and carrots dish.

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    Buttered Leeks

    Buttered Leeks
    Molly Watson

    Lovely alongside eggs, perfect next to ham, delightful with potatoes—these buttered leeks add a savory spring note to any Easter brunch menu. 

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    Springtime Sangria

    Strawberry Rosé Sangria
    Molly Watson

    Fresh spring strawberries turn already elegant rosé wine into a delicious aperitif of springtime sangria that is perfect for brunch! 

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    The Spruce 

    Mimosas are a brunch classic for a reason: they are beyond easy to throw together. The same goes for the famous Bellini. Just combine orange juice and champagne, or another sparkling wine, and add peach or nectar purée. Voila!

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    Bloody Marys

    Fresh Tomato Bloody Mary
    Molly Watson

    If you're looking for a filling and lively brunch cocktail, then the Bloody Mary is your friend. The trick to the best Bloody Mary's ever is to use fresh tomatoes. This recipe walks you through how to make this brunch-staple with the freshest of seasonal ingredients.

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    Springtime Brunch Cocktails

    Spring Cocktails
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    From a cherry blossomtini to a lavender collins, these fresh springtime brunch cocktails are worth a look—it also includes nonalcoholic options, too, such as rosemary lemonade. Perfect for those who want a vibrant, refreshing beverage, without the alcohol!

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    Fresh Strawberries

    Fresh Strawberries
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    Don't forget to include fresh strawberries in your Easter brunch! Turn them into a fruit salad or simply offer a bowl of them for people to have throughout the meal. This healthy, delicious, and seasonal dessert is sure to please. 

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    Chocolate Eggs

    Chocolate Eggs
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    Solid chocolate eggs are beautiful edible Easter treats that can be made without any special equipment. Eggshells are hollowed out and used as candy molds to produce these easy, delicious Easter candies. You can serve them in the shell, for a fun surprise, or remove the shell and decorate the solid chocolate egg with melted chocolate piping, luster dustedible decorations, and more.

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    Easter Egg Cake Pops

    Easter Cake Pops
    Elizabeth LaBau

    Make your Easter sweeter with these Easter egg cake pops! Moist bites of cake and frosting are formed into egg shapes, made into lollipops, and decorated to look like festive Easter eggs. We like to keep a spring theme by using lemon cake and frosting, but you can use any flavor of cake and frosting you'd like.