Easter is a time for getting together with family and friends, and for many people an Easter Sunday brunch is an annual tradition. If it is your turn to host this year's brunch, you may be worrying about the number of mouths you have to feed. Take advantage of some brunch ideas that are as easy and quick to prepare as they are delicious.
Chocolate eggs are of course synonymous with Easter, but regular eggs are great for a simple brunch dish. The quickest way to serve eggs is to scramble them and add ham or smoked salmon. If you want to be a little more creative, try eggs Benedict -- a toasted English muffin topped with ham, a poached egg and hollandaise sauce -- or eggs Florentine for vegetarian guests, which substitutes spinach for the ham.
If you are serving brunch for a large number of guests, prepare two or three casseroles for an easy, stress-free solution. The beauty of a casserole is that is designed to be made in advance; most recipes recommend chilling the dish for at least eight hours before baking, and it can be chilled for up to 24 hours. To be sure that you are catering for all tastes, go for a vegetarian casserole and two meat varieties, such as chicken and sausage. Add a large green salad to your table and you are ready to go.
Easter brunch isn't complete without something sweet to finish off the meal. Muffins can be prepared in 20 minutes or so and made in advance, then preheated before serving. Go for fruity flavours such as cherry, blueberry, or apple and raisin. For a more ambitious dessert try a banana-pecan loaf; this should only take an hour or so to make and is delicious served toasted with a sprinkling of confectioner's sugar and ice cream on the side.
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