The beauty of making brunch the center of your Easter celebration is that your menu can take on so many variations. Depending on the time of day, you have the option to plant in firmly in breakfast territory with scones and breakfast pastries, and a hearty egg casserole, mixed with cubes of ham if you’re an Easter purist. Or perhaps a large glazed ham or roasted leg of lamb will be at the center of your table, surrounded by a mix of sides that straddle both breakfast and lunch. Or maybe your Easter brunch style is to go all in, with a little bit of everything. No matter what you’re serving up, don’t forget to slide an appetizer or two into the mix. A light bite is welcome before a late brunch, so let’s talk hors d’oeuvres.
Today we have 20 spring-fresh appetizers for your holiday table that are all easy to pull off. Some can be made totally in advance, come together with just a couple ingredients, or can be whipped up in no time at all. From deviled eggs (what is Easter without deviled eggs?!) to bite-size nibbles, fast and fancy hors d’oeuvres that start with puff pastry or vibrant spring vegetables, and crowd-pleasing dips, there’s something for everyone and every schedule.
You can never go wrong with deviled eggs on Easter. It doesn’t matter whether you stick with the classic version, add a pop of color and tang with pickled eggs, or load up the eggs with an avocado-spiked filling.
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Sometimes just a bite or two of something delicious is all that’s needed before the main course. If you have some extra time, stuffed mushrooms can be prepped a day or two in advance and baked right before brunch.
Fast and Fancy Apps with Puff Pastry
A box of frozen pastry is the secret to whipping up an appetizer that easy to pull off, yet seems incredibly fancy. Top with pastry with a mix greens or add some cheese for a play on spinach dip, then roll and slice into spirals, or layer some shredded cheese, ham, and asparagus over top for a simple flaky tart.
Easy Appetizers with Spring Vegetables
There’s a vibrant selection of vegetables, like radishes, asparagus, and peas that are at their prime and super fresh right now.
If you’re still stumped on what to make, remember that you can never go wrong with a a creamy dip or a spread to be partnered with crackers, crostini, or even veggies.