30+ 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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    Baked Ham

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

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    Spring Frittata With Leeks and Herbs
    Molly Watson

    Besides the delicate spring flavor of this 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
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    A super savory quiche like this bacon and cheddar version is an especially welcome counterpoint if the rest of your menu is on the sweet side.

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    Asparagus Leek Quiche
    Molly Watson

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

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    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
    Elaine Lemm

    For those who want an excuse to slurp up hollandaise, but aren't into ham, Canadian or otherwise, Eggs Florentine are 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
    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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    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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    Spinach and Cheese Bread Pudding
    Molly Watson

    Mix up your brunch game with this savory 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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    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
    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
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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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    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 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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    Roasted Strawberry Muffins
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    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 Crumble Cake
    Diana Rattray

    If you can't decide between a strawberry coffee cake or a rhubarb one, this 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
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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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    Yogurt Pancakes with Blueberries
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    The secret to these delicious 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
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    While there are plenty of ready-made pancake mixes, we think there's nothing quite like making waffles from scratch. 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
    Leah Maroney

    Speaking of waffles, you can take them in a savory direction, too! These bacon, egg, and 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 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
    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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    Spring Asparagus Salad
    Molly Watson

    This 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
    Molly Watson

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

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    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.

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    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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    Strawberry Rosé Sangria
    Molly Watson

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

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

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    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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    Spring Cocktails
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    From a cherry blossomtini to a lavender collins, these fresh spring cocktails are worth a look—it also includes nonalcoholic options, too, such as rosemary lemonade. Perfect for those who wan't a vibrant, refreshing beverage, without the alcohol!

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    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
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    Solid chocolate Easter eggs are beautiful edible 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 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.

    Be sure to check out the tutorial showing how to make Easter Egg Cake Pops!