Every Recipe for a Comforting Easter Brunch
Easter is not cancelled! Though it sure will be different. Whether you're looking for classic recipes or hot cross buns with no yeast, say, we've got you covered with all the best Easter brunch recipes to enjoy some spring traditions at home.
If an Easter brunch blow-out is a thing for your family, you may already be feeling wistful. It’s going to be different this year. Like a massive turkey dinner in the mid-afternoon on Thanksgiving, traditional Easter brunch is a meal that brings people together, one where treats abound and everyone sidles up to a buffet and digs in. But while our gatherings will be smaller this season, sitting down to a special meal may be more welcome than ever.
No matter the size of the guest list, the perfect Easter brunch is the one you can make with relative ease, that’s as delicious as it is festive, and that helps welcome spring. Celebrate with a spread of these Easter brunch recipes (including a couple of brilliant work-arounds for hot cross buns made without yeast), or pick and choose just one or two favorite Easter brunch ideas for a more low-key meal.
Why is it that I only get to eat deviled eggs when there’s a party? Well, thank goodness that Easter brunch is party enough.
Classic Deviled Eggs
Just as the name promises, this first recipe includes mayo, mustard, dill pickle relish, salt, and pepper, in just the right amounts. A dusting of paprika adds the anticipated color and flair.
Serious Eats has the basics of making hard-boiled eggs down to a science, if you’re looking for that. Skinnytaste tells you how to make them in an Instant Pot, handy if you want to crank out enough for an Easter egg hunt as well as brunch. The last recipe steps up the seasonings with a touch of smoked paprika, ground mustard, chili powder, fresh chives, and dill.
Hot cross buns, French toast, and carbs to crave
If there's one food that comes to mind for Easter brunch, it's hot cross buns (okay, and ham, or anything with eggs or carrots, or ... never mind). But carbs play a much-loved role in the special spread, and you’ll want to be sure to include at least one recipe. No yeast for those hot cross buns? We've got options.
Hot Cross Buns
Making hot cross buns happens to be a family tradition — and a perfect addition to your Easter brunch menu. This first version features candied orange peel (or fresh orange zest), lemon zest, three kinds of spices, and dried fruit in the classic yeast dough. But maybe you can't find yeast right now, and if that's the case, how about making Hot Cross Buns with baking powder, or Easy Hot Cross Buns starting with refrigerated buttermilk biscuits?
You need to start Simple French Toast Bake the night before so the crusty bread will soak up the eggy custard, which means the cook can relax on Easter morning. Feel free to serve some blueberries or raspberries on the side for a pop of color. Spinach and Cheese Strata — which, as Deb of Smitten Kitchen explains, is just a savory bread pudding — goes together in a similar fashion. The bulk of the work for the vegetarian-friendly dish also happens the night before, making for both an elegant and easy Easter breakfast casserole.
In the straight-carb category, Lemon Muffins are simple, yet bright and moist — and easy enough for a 7-year-old to help mix up. You can add a cream cheese frosting to bring them to the next level. In Easy Cheddar Scones, sharp cheddar cheese and sunflower seeds transform everyday scones into a savory addition to the perfect Easter brunch menu. Pizza Dough Muffin Pan Cinnamon Rolls begin with pre-made pizza dough and come together in just a few minutes active time. A smaller crowd for brunch may mean you have time to create Churro Waffles. Cook each in a waffle iron as usual, then drizzle in melted butter and coat in cinnamon sugar.
Quiche, frittata, and Easter dishes with eggs
As a symbol of new life, eggs are traditional for spring and for Easter, and there are so many ways to enjoy them at brunch.
Spring Asparagus and Mushroom Frittata
Frittata is classic Easter brunch fare, and the inclusion of beautiful green asparagus makes it seasonally appropriate. The blessing of a frittata is that you can generally make filling substitutes with whatever you have on hand — although the goat cheese, Parmesan, and fresh thyme here are pretty special.
Premade pastry dough helps Ham, Cheese, and Broccoli Quiche come together quickly, and the ham makes it feel nice and Easter-y. Remember, real men do eat quiche — especially on Easter Sunday. If this is your year to try Eggs Benedict, Simply Recipes tells you how to make a foolproof blender hollandaise (the only potentially tricky part of the recipe) and how to create perfect poached eggs. For a casual, almost one-recipe brunch idea, how about Cheesy Egg, Avocado and Bacon Breakfast Sandwiches, made in mini bagels?
Easter bacon and ham recipes
A little salty pork is classic Easter fare, and you’ve got options for several fantastic ways to go.
Sweet and Salty Candied Bacon
Craving the flavors of a honey-baked ham but wanting something on a much smaller scale? How about bacon, coated in brown sugar and maple syrup with a touch of black pepper and cayenne, baked until glazed and crispy? Lining the baking sheet with foil ensures easy clean-up.
Maybe you’d prefer a basic recipe, in which case Perfectly Crisp Baked Bacon has you covered. For a slightly fancier but still doable dish, Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus has lots of flair, and can double as an appetizer (plus, it’s gluten-free). And back to that honey-baked ham; if you have the bandwidth to make your own, this bourbon-glazed version is pretty dreamy.
Fruit salad, potatoes, and more on the side
Round out your brunch menu with a fresh fruit or veggie salad, or some easy potatoes baked until tender with onion and herbs.
The Best Winter Fruit Salad
If fresh, ripe strawberries are already in season and available where you are (I'm looking at you, California), by all means, build a fruit salad around them — strawberries scream spring. But if not, try a winter fruit salad. This classic brunch dish manages to brighten up any spread with its clementines, kiwi, pears, apples, and pomegranate and honey-lime-poppy seed dressing.
Side dish or dessert: With Ambrosia it’s difficult to decide, but it’s a mystery you can ponder as you enjoy each bite of citrus, pineapple, and apples in the tart-sweet dressing of sour cream, whipped cream, and marshmallows. On the savory side of things, try French Grated Carrot Salad with Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette or Easy Breakfast Potatoes (so much tastier than hash browns). Both are great vegan Easter dishes, if you’re okay with a smidge of honey in the carrot salad (if not, sub in a touch of sugar).
Bubbly drinks for Easter
Nothing says "holiday" like some bubbles. Toast the day with classic mimosas, a more modern spritzer, or a couple of nonalcoholic drink options.
The classic brunch drink never goes out of style. Orange juice and sparkling wine are the key ingredients; this recipe adds orange liqueur for good measure.
Why rosé spritzer? Because it’s the 21st century — which means it’s basically illegal to have brunch without rosé. This one feels seasonal thanks to the strawberries — and extra sophisticated thanks to the Aperol. On the nonalcoholic side, the cucumber drink is light and refreshing and the Sweetheart Sunrise will give the kids something special to sip.