Easter is always falling on a different Sunday, depending on what year it is.
Last year the Easter holiday was in March, but the Easter holiday 2019 is all the way towards the end of April.
April 21st to be exact.
So it certainly isn’t too early to be thinking of some Easter menu ideas.
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I’m thinking that an Easter Brunch menu would be fun!
And I’m thinking of a make ahead Easter Brunch because who wants to spend Easter Sunday in the kitchen?
I’m sure that you do not!
My idea is to have everything in place and ready to go.
This is what I did last year and it was very relaxing.
My Easter Brunch was almost waiting for us when we returned from church.
Really, there was just a little bit to do.
So let’s get started by coming up with some Easter Brunch ideas and some Easter Brunch recipes.
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What to serve for a make ahead Easter brunch
The first step to deciding what to serve is knowing exactly what you want to accomplish.
For me it’s important to have a tasty, real food meal that comes together quickly.
Something like an Easter Brunch casserole or Easter Brunch egg dishes comes to mind.
Since I did a breakfast casserole for Christmas morning I wanted something different…that’s when I decided to make a quiche.
It’s a one dish meal (like a casserole), it’s an egg dish, and it can be made the day before.
So I will make a quiche with a delicious and crumbly, melt in your mouth quiche crust, and a yummy cheesy quiche filling.
Quiche for Make Ahead Easter Brunch
Ham and Asparagus Springtime Quiche
Cooking temperature is 375 degrees.
Bake time is 25-30 minutes.
- 1 pie crust, unbaked, recipe here
- ½ bunch of asparagus
- 1 cup of ham, chopped into squares
- 2 cups swiss cheese, grated (divided use)
- 6 eggs
- 1 cup heavy cream
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- Dried dill to taste
Quiche, how to make…
- Snap off the tough ends of the asparagus and chop the rest into small, like-size pieces. Steam until just tender.
- Place the asparagus, ham and 1½ cups of cheese into the pie crust.
- Sprinkle a bit of the dried dill over the ingredients in the crust.
- Mix the eggs, cream, salt and pepper with a fork or a whisk until well combined.
- Pour the egg mixture over the ingredients in the crust.
- Sprinkle the remaining ½ cup of cheese over the top.
- Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 25-30 minutes until nicely browned.
- A knife inserted between the edge and the middle should come out clean.
This quiche can easily be made the day before…
- Bake it and cook it then wrap it up and stick in the refrigerator.
- About an hour before you’re ready to eat, take it out of the fridge and let it sit on the counter so it can come to room temperature.
- After about half an hour cover it with foil and place in a preheated oven for about 20-30 minutes.
- Be sure to keep an eye on it!
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- 1 cup flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ⅓ cup of butter, cut into slices
- A bowl of ice water
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- Combine the flour and salt in the food processor.
- Add the butter and pulse until crumbly.
- Add the ice water 1 tablespoon at a time until the dough comes together.
- Turn out the dough onto a silpat or a cutting board.
- Roll with a rolling pin into a circle slightly larger than the circumference of your pie plate.
- Fold the dough into quarters and lift and place into the pie plate, unfold and arrange the dough evenly into the pie plate.
Easter Brunch Side Dishes
Now what about a side dish?
How about carrots?
And not just any carrots, but fancy, petite carrots roasted with ghee and parsley.
Roasted Baby Carrots
- 1 package of petite carrots
- 1-2 tablespoons ghee
- 1-2 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Toss the carrots with the ghee, parsley, salt and pepper.
- Roast in a preheated 450 degree oven for 30-40 minutes.
Carrots may seem boring to you, but these were delicious!! They really did taste like a special day food. Yet very good for you too. You see, you really can have the best of both worlds!
You can also roast the carrots the night before until they are just about done, and then you can reheat them in the same oven as the quiche. Take them out of the fridge when you take the quiche out and let them come to room temperature as well.
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Other Easter Brunch Sides
A fresh fruit salad would be a wonderful addition to this Easter Brunch table.
It’s springtime and strawberry season is just starting, so they are usually a good price, even the organic.
I like to mix freshly sliced, organic strawberries with freshly sliced kiwi, and then I squeeze the juice of an orange to make a light dressing. You can also chop up some fresh mint to give it a nice zing.
This salad can easily be put together the day before.
I think a crusty piece of homemade sourdough would go nicely as well.
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And of course, the bread can be made ahead of time.
You can also set your table the day before.
It’s fun to plan Easter table decor and it’s easy to find simple Easter decorations at the Dollar Tree or on sale at your local craft store.
I usually don’t worry about making a big dessert as part of my Easter menu because there is usually plenty of candy on that day and that is enough sugar for anyone!
Now you have some great, make ahead Easter Brunch ideas!
- Ham and Asparagus Springtime Quiche
- Roasted Baby Carrots with Ghee
- And don’t forget a fruit salad and a slice of homemade sourdough bread would be great additions.
These make ahead recipes will allow you to just relax and enjoy your Easter Sunday with family and friends.
What are your favorite recipes for Easter? Please share in the comments
Have a joyful Easter!