Easter is just about here, and I’m sure many of you are planning your menu for brunch or dinner. I’m not! David and I are going out of town so I’m not cooking anything. It’s kind of liberating to know that I don’t have to do anything. However, we will miss being with our family and friends on this special holiday weekend. We are going to be in Charleston and are looking around for a church to attend on Sunday, so if you have a recommendation please let me know.
Meanwhile, you might be looking for ideas for your Easter weekend. If you’re having family in then you need breakfast and lunch plans. I’ve put together a list of some of my favorites for Easter brunch/lunch and for weekend guests. Hope y’all have a great day and celebrate that He Lives!
Easter Brunch menu:
This ham has a sweet and savory glaze that’s so easy to make: just mix bourbon, orange juice, and Dijon mustard, along with a few other things and pour over the ham. Lots more flavor than those little packs that come with the ham. You can find a spiral cut ham at most any grocery store or if you’re a member, Costco is a great place to buy one. And of course, it doesn’t have to be a spiral cut ham, that’s just what my family prefers.
Deviled eggs are the trendy thing right now in restaurants, but these are just plain old deviled eggs with mayonnaise, sweet pickle relish, and a little mustard. Sprinkle a little paprika on top and you have a true Southern classic.
Around here, it’s just not a party if there’s not macaroni and cheese on the table. This one has a LOT of cheese and that’s what makes it fabulous. Try it for your Easter table!
You could serve quiche for brunch or just have it in the fridge for your weekend guests. It’s a great midnight snack!
Put smoked salmon, capers, dill, and cream cheese in the food processor and you have this dip. Well, maybe a couple of other things as well, but it is definitely that easy and we like it with Triscuits, toasted French bread, or cucumbers.
My favorite variation on quiche, this tomato and spinach number is really, really tasty. It’s slightly Italian flavored and savory, with Parmesan and Gruyere cheese and Italian herbs. This would be a nice side dish for the ham.
You need this cake in your kitchen because your guests will absolutely love it. It’s just a simple blueberry cake, sort of like a big blueberry muffin. It’s good for snacking or dessert.
One of our favorite comfort foods. Whenever Casey is sick, Miss Rita brings him these cheese grits. And when we have Easter brunch at Rita’s, these cheese grits are always on the menu.
You can’t go wrong with Giada’s tomato-basil bread pudding. It’s a savory dish filled with cherry tomatoes and fresh basil and it would go great with fish, ham, or any meat you want to add to your Easter menu.
Cinnamon rolls should always be on the menu no matter what time of day. They are so great even after you’ve baked them early in the morning and left them sitting on the counter all day for folks to snack on. I usually keep several pans of these in my freezer since the recipe makes a large batch. It’s so nice to be able to pull out a pan if you have unexpected company or if you want to give some away to a friend.
There is always room for this pie…it’s fudgy, chocolatey, and the best part is it takes about ten minutes to get it in the oven. You will love it!
Like the macaroni and cheese, a party in my house is not complete without this pound cake. It’s everyone’s favorite and it is so versatile. Comes out perfect every time and is moist and tender.
I could probably pull half a dozen more recipes for you to try, but this is a pretty good collection. I would add a potato salad to the menu and a couple more desserts.
What’s on your Easter menu? Tell us in the comments and leave links to any favorites. Happy Easter!