Every Recipe for The Perfect Easter Brunch
Whether you're looking for sweet, savory, healthy, or ... not so much ... we've got you covered with all the best Easter brunch recipes you need to fill up your table (and your guests).
Easter brunch — it’s a thing, like eating a massive turkey meal in the mid-afternoon on Thanksgiving. In both cases, it’s best not to ask too many questions as you sidle up to the buffet — just eat. These are meals that bring people together. And the perfect Easter brunch is the one you can make for a crowd with relative ease, that’s as delicious as it is festive, and that helps welcome spring.
Make all 12 of these Easter brunch recipes for a crowd, or pick and choose just your favorites for a more intimate 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. Deviled eggs make a perfect buffet item or passed hors d'oeuvres. This classic deviled egg recipe uses the Instant Pot, if you have one, to make the hard-boiled eggs, so you can really crank ‘em out (and still have some to spare for the Easter egg hunt).
Hot Cross Buns
If there's one food that comes to mind for Easter dinner, it's hot cross buns (OK, fine and lamb, or ham, or anything with eggs or carrots, or ... nevermind). Making hot cross buns happens to be a family tradition — and a perfect addition to your Easter brunch menu.
Spring Vegetable Frittata
Frittata is classic Easter brunch fare, and the focus on spring in this recipe makes it seasonally appropriate. (Even better, add asparagus or peas!) The generous blessing of a frittata (which is just a skillet egg bake) is that you can generally make filling substitutes with whatever you have on hand — although the fresh herbs are non-negotiable.
Perfect Breakfast Potatoes
Did you know the secret to perfect breakfast potatoes is bacon and maple syrup? Oh, and green onions. Well, now you do. If you have but one potato side dish on your Easter brunch menu, breakfast potatoes beat out hash browns time and again.
My tastes veer towards savory for brunch (or any meal, for that matter). But a perfect Easter brunch needs options for every eater. These simple, yet bright, lemon muffins are moist — and easy enough for a 7-year-old to mix up. Diana Alshakhanbeh, the woman behind Little Sunny Kitchen, sometimes adds a cream cheese frosting to bring it to the next level.
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 all you see are hard, pale, tasteless berries, 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.
Easy Cheddar Scones
Sharp cheddar cheese and sunflower seeds transform everyday scones into a savory addition to the perfect Easter brunch menu.
Ham, Cheese, and Broccoli Quiche
Who said Easter ham has to be served at dinner? Premade pastry dough helps this dish come together quickly, and the ham makes it feel nice and Easter-y. Remember, real men do eat quiche — especially on Easter Sunday.
Spinach and Cheese Strata
When in doubt, defer to Deb Perelman of Smitten Kitchen. Her take on brunch at home is that it should all happen ahead of time — even the eggs. (Nobody wants to be stuck in the kitchen the whole time, poaching eggs and toasting English muffins for eggs benedict, right?) This strata — which, Deb explains, is just a savory bread pudding — is vegetarian-friendly, and the bulk of the work happens the night before, making for both an elegant and easy Easter breakfast casserole.
Simple French Toast Bake
This make-ahead french toast can serve a crowd (which, ahem, is not all that different from the strata above, just with a classic french toast flavor profile). Make both so your guests can choose their own path on Easter morning — savory or sweet.
Easy Shortcut Cinnamon Rolls
Are you sitting down? This recipe begins and ends with pre-made pizza dough. It’s that simple! So simple, in fact, that it comes together in about 10 minutes of active time before simply letting the rolls rise at room temperature for a half an hour and baking. Cinnabon, watch out.
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.