Ideas on What to Serve for Easter Sunday Brunch

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Easter brunch is a tradition in many families. It's a time to gather with relatives, friends and church family for a hearty Easter meal after church services. Do a lot of the preparation the day before, so on Easter Day, all you need to do is set the dishes out and brew the coffee. Serve the Easter brunch buffet style, so guests can pick and choose what they like.

Easter Casseroles

Make a variety of breakfast casseroles for your Easter brunch. Serve a hashbrown casserole made with frozen hash brown potatoes, cream of mushroom soup, cheddar cheese and sour cream. Bake in a 350-degree oven for an hour. Top with french fried onions if desired.

Vegetable and cheese frittas are a versatile, egg-based casserole. Possible ingredients include spinach and Swiss cheese, asparagus and Gruyere cheese, or mushroom and cheddar.

Meat Dishes

Serve a spiral sliced ham, mini-sausages or brown sugar bacon at your Easter brunch. Cook the meat the night before, and set it up to warm in a crockpot while company is over. You can make a large quantity of brown sugar bacon in your oven. Place the bacon on a cookie sheet covered in aluminum foil. Sprinkle with brown sugar, and cook in a 450-degree oven for approximately 30 minutes.

Sweet Breads

Purchase or make coffee cake and muffins for guests who have a breakfast sweet tooth. Pancakes, waffles and French toast are kid-friendly items that can be embellished with a little extra effort. Provide flavored syrups, whipped butter or make a batch of stuffed French toast.

You can prepare stuffed French toast in approximately 15 minutes. You need Texas toast, berries, sugar, ricotta cheese, strawberry jam, eggs, evaporated milk, brown sugar and almond flavoring. Arrange all the pieces on a cookie tray ahead of time, so all you need to do is fry the pieces of French toast on a griddle before serving. Dust with powdered sugar or top with whipped cream and berries before serving.

Fruit Desserts

Stick fresh fruit on skewers or fancy toothpicks. Set out sweet dip made from Greek yogurt, cream cheese, powdered sugar and a magarita mix. Garnish with zest from a lime and an orange. A small crockpot of melted chocolate is another choice for a dip. Use milk chocolate or colored candy melts to replicate the colors of Easter.

Strawberry pie or cherry cheese cakes can also be set out for dessert. Cut individual pieces ahead of time, and place in coffee filters to serve.