I know many of you are looking for good Easter brunch recipes right now. Here are a few favorites. I’m highlighting them here for Easter, but they’re all part of my year-round repertoire if I’m being honest. For brunch, I love family meals like breakfast casseroles and frittatas as much as I love a DIY set-up for things like waffles, omelettes, and pancakes. I mean, who doesn’t love a toppings bar? So, below is a mix of all of the above, along with some favorite drinks and a handful of menu ideas. Have fun planning!
Recipe ideas for Easter brunch
I’ve tried to narrow this list down to longtime favorite recipes. Real go-to options rather than sharing a long list of recipes I like. Be sure to check out the list of menu ideas below if you need inspiration on this!
Everything Bagel Breakfast Casserole: A top contender for Easter brunch. Breakfast casseroles are a thing, and for good reason. You can prepare them the day before. They’re great for serving a crowd, and they’re endlessly adaptable. This is my version of the popular Everything Bagel Breakfast Casserole. It’s a deep blend of shredded cheese, bagels, eggs, plant-based sausage along with the crunchiness and savoryness of all bagel seasoning. Breaking through the top, the bagels get nice and crunchy and kissed with oven-roasted cheese. Try it!
Fregola Sarda: One of my favorite recipes from Near & Far. It’s the perfect lunchtime brunch dish and is made with fregola. Fregola is a beautiful, flavorful Sardinian pasta made from hard durum wheat flour – rolled, sun-dried and roasted to a mix of yellows, golds and browns. The pasta is rustic and nutty, each grain with a ragged surface that knows how to capture flavor. So good!
Braided Onion Bread: Every Easter brunch spread welcomes a statement piece. This is one of my favorites. Each of the four strands of the braid is made from a rich yeast-based buttery dough and filled with a mixture of caramelized onions and shredded cheese. If you’ve never baked a braid before, I’ll admit that stuffing the strands adds a layer of complexity, but the whole process is incredibly forgiving if you commit and keep going. Try it!
A Yummy Frittata: I love a good frittata as part of a brunch spread. You can pre-bake them a little earlier, which will open up the oven for other dishes if needed. This is a delicious, super adaptable frittata recipe made with potatoes, onions, and eggs drizzled with a cilantro chili sauce. Don’t skimp on the sauce!
The Best Waffles: You check out the waffles I make for (literally) every family brunch, and they’re perfect for an Easter brunch get-together. You can set up a toppings bar and let people make their own, or you can make them ahead of time and keep them in a warm oven. If you are a waffle fan, please try these. Everyone needs a solid waffle recipe in their back pocket, and I’m pretty sure that’s the end of the waffle talk for me. Enjoy!
Red Fruit Salad: Red fruit salad and arguably so much better than the old fashioned fruit salad! It’s perfect as spring turns to summer. An easy seasonal fruit salad made with plump strawberries, sweet cherries, lemon zest, and brown coriander sugar. Five ingredients. So good. If cherries aren’t quite in season for you, go for 100% strawberries.
Classic Pancakes: If you’re more of a pancake family, this is a classic pancake recipe that delivers a beautiful, classic stack with incredibly tender crumb and golden edges. It’s been a popular destination since I first posted it in 2006. The pancakes have lightness and lift and good color. The recipe is also endlessly customizable depending on what you have on hand.
Cheddar Jalapeño Oatmeal Bread: This oatmeal bread wins Best Toast. It’s a savory, buttermilk-based oatmeal bread generously topped with melty cubes of cheddar cheese and punctuated with thin slices of jalapeño pepper. Where the cheese touches the pan, it’s set to golden-crunchy perfection.
Cinnamon Rolls: If you’re making these cinnamon rolls for Easter brunch, I have a suggestion. Replace the cinnamon with citrus fruits. For example, use the zest of a lemon or two in the filling and about a tablespoon of lemon juice in the icing, along with the cream, which is needed as the liquid in the icing.
Skinny Omelets: Setting up an omelette “station” with a variety of toppings works great when you’re having a casual brunch situation. People can prepare and customize omelettes to their liking with fillings such as caramelized onions, pesto, herbs, an assortment of cheeses, etc. These omelettes are made with thinly boiled and stuffed eggs. A delicious and lighter alternative to heavy, cheese-filled omelette recipes – ideal for lunch and brunch.
What to do with extra eggs
If you’re faced with extra egg boxes after Easter, here are some ideas.
Deviled Eggs: I love these so much – beautiful and delicious Deviled Eggs with a herb fleck filling and topped with toasted almonds.
Egg Salad: My favorite egg salad and what I turn to when I’m in the mood for an egg salad sandwich. This post will walk you through all the little tweaks and tips needed to make the perfect egg salad sandwich. Served on garlic rubbed toasted bread with chopped celery, onions and whole grain mustard.
Shredded Egg Salad: A fun alternative to the classic egg salad (above). This is made by crushing hard-boiled eggs on a box grater. The resulting shredded egg salad is light, fluffy, and bright. Shown here on avocado toast with scallions, pickled red onions, a sprinkling of curry powder, and sesame seeds.
Easter brunch menu ideas
Here are a few sample menus to get you started. When I say toppings I just mean that I can offer a number of different topping options. This way everyone can make omelettes or waffles just the way they like it.
– All bagel breakfast casserole
– Strawberry salad
– Cheddar Jalapeño Oatmeal Bread
– A delicious frittata or thin omelets with toppings bar
– Green iced tea
– Breakfast Bruschetta + Toppings Bar with herb cream cheese scrambled eggs
– Pineapple coconut water
– Waffles with toppings bar
– A delicious frittata
– Homemade strawberry and almond milk
Drink ideas for Easter brunch
Freshly squeezed juices or homemade drinks are an easy way to make a brunch menu extra special. Here are a few brunch favorites from the past.
Pineapple Coconut Water: A gorgeous hue of Easter yellow, this beauty is always the top choice at any brunch spread. Freshly squeezed pineapple is at the heart of this snuffer – made with coconut water, lime and pure ginger juice. It’s invigorating, fragrant, moisturizing, and has that pure, intense yellow hue that somehow alerts us to its strength and vitality before we ever pick up the jar.
Homemade Strawberry Almond Milk: As good as it sounds. Ripe strawberries plus fresh almond milk were made for each other. And yes, you can use frozen berries!
Iced Green Tea: As good as it sounds. Ripe strawberries plus fresh almond milk were made for each other. And yes, you can use frozen berries!
Paloma Rosa: (Recipe below) When a boozy brunch is the order of the day, consider the Paloma Rosa. I will post the recipe below. Palomas pushes all the buttons – bright, refreshing, tart, with a kiss of sweet and salty. So pretty, and they couldn’t be simpler either.
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