Cooking up an easy, affordable Easter brunch (recipe included!)
If you’re planning a family gathering for Easter, the menu is often the biggest problem. What’s easy and inexpensive? Is it best to go sweet or savory?
Brunch will solve any issue, whether you serve it at 10 a.m. or 3 p.m., allows you to offer a variety of foods and keeps costs low. Plan in advance and make a coffee cake, or put another cook in charge of making waffles. The savory stuff is easy. A quiche is a snap to make in advance.
Or, take a look at some of the recipes suggested by Bed, Bath & Beyond (we love all the recipes on the company’s Sweet and Savory Brunch site), and are especially fond of this easy recipe:
Chorizo Breakfast Tots
- 1 – 28 ounce bag Tater Tots
- 10 ounces chorizo
- 6 green onions, diced
- 1 cup Monterey jack cheese
- 6 poached eggs
Cook tots as package directs. While they cook, put chorizo in a pan and cook until done, five to seven minutes. Add four of the diced onions to pan at end of cooking time. Poach eggs.
Put cooked tots, topped with chorizo and cheese, under broiler in oven-proof dish. Top with extra green onion and poached egg.
Tips for a better brunch
Keep it warm
A warming tray, like this kitchen aid, will ensure that hot foods keep their heat. If Easter dawns warm and you’re inspired to grill, this moves from grill to table easily. Wilton Armetale warming tray, $34.99, bedbathandbeyond.com
Looking for something sweet?
Start with waffles, which will sit for a bit and still taste great when topped with berries and syrup. We suggest a sturdy waffle maker, like this style. Waring Pro Double Belgian Waffle Maker, $99.99, bedbathandbeyond.com
A classic touch
Look to this pretty plate to serve up the classic springtime food: Deviled eggs. Easter floral egg platter, $17.46 on sale, surlatable.com
Serve it with style
No matter what you serve, your guests will remember the little touches. Serve up appetizers with these adorable napkins, which may draw as much attention as the vases full of springtime tulips. Peep napkins, $4.16 for set of 20 on sale, surlatable.com
And for that ovenproof dish (or when you’ve been charged with bringing an entree), we suggest a few that feature the hues of spring. Potluck Bakers sets of three, $19.95-29.95, crateandbarrel.com