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An Easter Brunch to Please

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By: Andrea Lynn
An Easter Brunch to Please

The key to a successful Easter brunch is to serve a variety of dishes to make your guests feel pampered, but allow you to fully enjoy their company. Each of these recipes can be prepared in advance, so you're not stuck in the kitchen away from friends and family. From a cheesy Sausage Breakfast Strata to scones to Florentine Eggs, these recipes will help create a winning spread.

Rhubarb Punch or Milk Punch

Welcome guests into your home with a glass of punch at the door. In season for spring, rhubarb adds a slight tartness along with a gorgeous pink hue in this Rhubarb Punch, which also incorporates apple cranberry juice and lemon-lime soda. If you're in the mood to offer a spiked drink, serve Big Batch Bourbon Milk Punch, flavored with Spice Islands® Pure Vanilla Extract and topped off with freshly grated nutmeg.

 

 

Mango Quinoa Salad

Juicy chopped mangoes lend their sweetness to this tropical-like quinoa salad, which also incorporates chutney, curry powder and ground ginger into the mix. Serve the salad hot, cold or at room temperature, and top with slices of chicken, such as this Beer Marinated Chicken, if desired.

Tacos

Create an assembly line of ingredients, so guests can assemble their own tacos, letting them choose what to pile high on their creation. Pulled Chicken Tacos are a cinch to pull off with rotisserie chicken, plus Spice Islands® Gourmet Taco Seasoning. Or go with Breakfast Tacos, keeping all the topping ingredients warmed in a 250-degree F oven until guests arrive.

Sausage Breakfast Strata

Cubes of Italian bread are toasted and tossed in an egg and cream mixture along with sausage, a mix of cheeses and spinach in this dreamy strata recipe, before being baked to a bubbly finish. Prepare the night before serving, and just pop in the oven before guests arrive.

Fruit and Nut Scones

Dried cranberries, dried apricots and almond slivers add variety to the ordinary scone. Heighten the cinnamon of the scone by serving alongside cinnamon and sugar compound butter: Mix together 1 stick of softened butter (1/2 cup) with 2 teaspoons Spice Islands® Ground Saigon Cinnamon and 1/3 cup granulated or brown sugar; wrap in wax paper and freeze for a few hours before serving.

Florentine Eggs

Another delicious yet easy dish to pull off due to the use of hard-boiled eggs, this Florentine Eggs recipe cradles the eggs on a bed of spinach and tops them with a cheese sauce. Spoon over English muffins or thick pieces of Texas toast to serve.

Pancakes

Who says you can't make pancakes for a crowd? Since you don't want to be stuck in the kitchen flipping flapjacks, prepare them before the guests arrive and keep warm in a 250-degree F oven. Banish the boring with these creative takes on the dish — Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Blackberry Balsamic Drizzle or Spiced Banana Nut Pancakes that can be dolloped with sour cream or whipped cream.

Andrea Lynn is a recipe developer and cookbook author, most recently of the culinary guidebook/cookbook, Queens: A Culinary Passport.

Spice Islands® spices deliver high quality, authentic flavors from all over the world so you can put the most delicious meals on your table.

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