Let’s face it, Easter is all about two things: the dress & the food. Right? Let’s not kid ourselves here. Even though I was raised in a religious household, I couldn’t wait for this spring holiday for purely simple pleasures. I spent the weeks prior to Easter trying on all kinds of pretty, pastel dresses. The more frilly, the better. Fully equipped with my new tights and shiny mary-janes, I was ready for the big brunch that followed the ceremony, where I could feast on all the treats (Cheese Blintzes! Waffles! Honey Ham! Carrot Cake! Cream Puffs!) while showing off my new garments.
I was always a bit of a show-off.
While I lack the intensity of my childhood Easter glee, I still appreciate the spread that is served on this day. It’s a day full of hearty foods and sweet desserts. Last year, I went to a friend’s Easter Brunch where they had a big waffle bar and never-ending mimosas, but this year I think I am taking a more lowkey approach. My mom is baking the big ham and I will bring the appetizers and desserts (duh).
I bet this week you all are trying to compile your Easter menu’s and I think I can help some of you out. Unsure of what to bring to your holiday potluck? Why not try some of these recipes listed below? I chose these ones because not only do they taste great, but they can be made ahead of time, which allows you plenty of time to prepare for the more important things (how to get that grass stain out of your white dress).
For a breakfast/brunch affair, I’d bring this crustless chicken quiche. Each slice has the perfect amount of flavor and texture, plus you can make this using most of the basic pantry stuff you already have. For an appetizer, I’d go with my ultimate favorite Hot Spinach Dip. Rich and gooey, you will have to make double the amount because it is THAT good.
Brunch & Appetizers:
Honestly, I load the table up with desserts because I like offering a variety of options. Some people don’t like rich, thick chocolate cakes (obviously these people are insane) so balancing the table with fresh, fruit flavors is a good idea. I also enjoy anything individual-sized because it gives me to perfect excuse to go back for more. These cheesecakes are always a big hit with my friends and family and you can decorate them with fresh fruit or drizzled chocolate. If you are going to go the chocolate route, try this Almost Fudge Gateau. It. is. insane. Practically a flourless cake, it will make every shut up the minute they taste it. Get ready for some evil glares form the perpetual dieters who were planning on eating their celery sticks only. Lastly, why not try this Lemon Cream Tart? Prep the tart dough during the week, make the lemon cream the night before so it can cool, and you have a picture perfect dessert that is ready to go at a minute’s notice.
Need more recipe inspiration? Check out my recipe collection. I never realized how many recipes I’ve tried until I went back to re-organize it. Damn. I’ve been busy. Anyways, I hope you all have a great Easter/Passover/whatever. Grab a mimosa, down some allergy medication, take a walk, and soak up the sun. It’s a good day.