Amanda Pendolino
March 28, 2013

5 Delicious Easter Brunch Recipe Ideas

Throwing an Easter brunch this weekend? Impress your guests with some culinary treats! Here are 5 exciting Easter brunch recipe ideas that will have people hunting for your cooking secrets instead of eggs:

1. French toast

French toast is a brunch staple, but you can put an upscale spin on it by adding fruit inside or on top (like in this Peach French Toast) or using by special bread, like in Martha Stewart’s Brioche French Toast or this Challah French Toast recipe from the Food Network. You can also liven up your French toast with nuts, like pecans!

2. Boozy drinks

Why not enjoy a cocktail with your Easter Brunch? I love serving mimosas (like this one from Rachael Ray) in champagne flutes. The Food Network’s Champagne Lemonade also sounds delicious! You might also enjoy Paula Deen’s Bloody Marys, Bobby Flay’s Spicy Citrus Bloody Mary or a Spiked Iced Cappuccino.

3. Ham, ham and more ham

When I was growing up, we’d always have an Easter ham for dinner — but a ham is perfect for brunch, too. Check out the Food Network’s Orange Baked Ham for something fairly traditional, or mix your ham with eggs for a more breakfast-like brunch! Go Southern-style with a Western Ham & Egg Casserole, or tap into French influences with this French Ham, Cheese and Egg Fondue Casserole.

4. Bunny-inspired recipes

If your gathering includes kids, try a rabbit-shaped cake or some Easter bunny cookies! I love this Easter Bunny Cake, which is made with two round cakes — one for the face and one that’s cut into a bowtie and the Bunny’s ears. This more three-dimensional bunny cake from the Food Network is a bit more ambitious, but completely adorable! For cookies, simply use any sugar cookie cutout recipe with a bunny-shaped cookie cutter.

5. Brunch pizza

Pizza isn’t just for dinner! Turn the dish into the perfect Easter Brunch item with breakfast-friendly toppings like breakfast sausage, eggs or even salmon. Wolfgang Puck’s Breakfast Pizza with Scrambled Eggs and Smoked Salmon is bound to impress your guests.  You might also like Cooking Light’s Sunny Side Up Pizza or Pillsbury’s Easy Breakfast Pizza!