20 Last Minute Easter Brunch Ideas
From eggs, to baked goods and more, this guide has all the easy and delicious Easter brunch ideas that you’ll need for a gorgeous spread. These recipes are tried and true crowd pleasers that never fail to impress your guests!
Even if you’re scrambling to put a menu together, this guide is here to help! These are all brunch recipes that come together quickly. These 20 last minute Easter brunch ideas will make time with family and friends even more memorable!
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Most Popular Ideas for Easter Brunch
Every family has different traditions when it comes to serving Easter dinner. However, my family has always been firmly in the brunch camp for Easter! We always serve cinnamon rolls and a mix of our favorite savory dishes.
Below are a ton of different Easter brunch ideas below to make your brunch perfect for you and your family. It’s that perfect meal that allows you to combine all your breakfast and lunch favorites and throw in a ton of guilt-free sweets as well.
All that matters is that the menu appeals to you and feels doable! Regardless of what you serve, it’ll be a memorable day spent with family and that’s always a home run.
How to Build the Perfect Easter Brunch Menu
Building the perfect Easter brunch menu may feel overwhelming, but I’m here to help! My Easter brunch ideas are here to help you find the best dishes, but you need to decide what you want your menu to look like first based on your tastes and number of guests.
Are you big on sweet breakfast items, or savory? Do you want a mix of both? Are you planning to mix some appetizers? Any route you go is going to be delicious!
If you’re hosting 4-6 guests: since brunch is hearty, I would plan for 3-4 dishes and a mix of sweet and savory with a big salad to go along with.
If you’re hosting 8+ guests: the nice thing about brunch items are that they tend to feed a crowd! Bulk up on some heavy baked goods and throw in a mix of savory, eggy dishes.
Whichever route you go, these 20 Easter brunch ideas are here to help!
Best cooking tools for making Easter Brunch at Home
What are all these ideas for Easter brunch without the right kitchen tools to prepare them? You don’t have to be a Gordon Ramsey to make these recipes, but quality equipment helps. Here are the pieces in my kitchen that I can’t cook without!
A sharp kitchen knife. Invest in a quality kitchen knife for all your cooking needs! If I had to recommend investing in one thing, it’s always going to be a good knife. It’s the backbone to cooking and will change the game for you in the kitchen.
A lot of my brunch recipes are baked goods and that calls for a quality 9×13 baking dish. From cinnamon rolls to casseroles, I love the size and consistency of this baking dish.
Some of my brunch recipes are are all made in one skillet, so invest in a large 12 inch cast iron or enamel skillet for serving a crowd. Plus, a cast iron skillet is one of my most used items for all my cooking needs.
Finally, if you’re going to be baking, you need some quality rimmed baking sheets. I use them for roasting veggies just as much as I use them for baking cookies.
Easter Brunch Appetizers & Salads
Start your Easter brunch off right with the perfect selection of appetizers and hearty salad. It’s great to balance a hearty and heavy meal with some lighter greens and appetizers!
Caramelized Onion Dip. Everyone loves an easy chips and dip situation and there is no more classic combination than creamy onion dip and crinkle chips. This homemade version takes the flavor to the next level!
Smoked Salmon Spread. Who doesn’t love a smoked salmon station at a party? I’ve combined all the classic flavors into this delicious and impressive dip that’s perfect for piling high on crackers or bagel chips.
Smoky Eggplant Dip. Maybe you’re looking for a Mediterranean feel for brunch. If so, this smoky roasted eggplant dip is so good alongside warm pita. It’s a vegetarian recipe, but perfect for that carnivore in your life too!
Roasted shrimp cocktail. An elegant and impressive appetizer that takes literally 20 minutes to prep! Instead of laboriously poaching shrimp, they get tossed with olive oil and garlic and roasted until pink and tender.
Loaded Wedge Salad. Is there anything swankier than a classic wedge salad? We’ve taken the classic and turned it up to 11 with all the toppings and a homemade buttermilk ranch.
Italian Chopped Salad. If you love the CPK Italian Chopped Salad, you’re going to love this version! It’s fresh with tons of mix-ins and a homemade lemon-y herb vinaigrette.
Sweets & Baked Goods
Every Easter brunch should have a few sweet baked goods on the table. From cinnamon rolls to donuts to scones, I’ve got plenty of Easter brunch ideas for baked goods!
Cinnamon Rolls. These giant buttermilk cinnamon rolls are ultra fluffy and feed a crowd! This recipe makes 12 large cinnamon rolls that I always break out during the holidays.
Cranberry-Almond Danishes. Who says cranberry is only for Christmas time? The combination of cranberry and almond is heavenly and the perfect balance between sweet and tart.
Lemon fritters. A quick and easy donut recipe that is light and fluffy and absolutely melts in your mouth.
Sour Cream Coffee Cake. This is a classic coffee cake loaf that’s perfect for feeding a crowd! Perfect for pairing with coffee or a champagne cocktail.
Nutella-stuffed french toast. This is the ultimate french toast recipe and so simple to make! You can easily prep this recipe in advance and cook them up right before you serve.
Apple Pie French Toast. Everything you love about french toast, but so easy to make. Cubed brioche soaked in custard with cinnamon-spiced apples.
Mixed Berry Scones. These are hands-down the most tender and moist scones you’ll ever bake. Long gone are the dry and crumbly scones after you try these.
Carrot Cake Donuts. All the classic flavors you love in carrot cake, but in an old fashioned donut!
Homemade Bagels. These NY style bagels are one of my favorite recipes to make during the holidays! A build-your-own bagel situation is the ultimate move!
Savory Brunch Recipes
Now that you have the sweets sorted, let’s get those savory dishes out of the way! I always go with something eggy and hearty to complement the sweets.
Croissant Breakfast Casserole. This easy breakfast casserole is perfect for Easter brunch! Croissants filled with cheesy breakfast sausage and peppers and onions sandwiched in a toasty croissant.
Skillet Huevos Rancheros. This recipe is somewhere between shakshuka and huevos rancheros and is so, so good. Easy to feed and crowd and best served with warm tortillas.
Bacon-Leek Frittata. A frittata is an easy recipe to throw together for a crowd and this one is loaded with caramelized leeks, bacon, and creamy boursin cheese.
Homemade Salmon Gravlax. Making your own homemade salmon gravlax is a pro move, but is so simple! All you need is a handful of ingredients and a bit of time and this luscious, cured salmon will be ready to serve.
Red Chilaquiles. These classic red chilaquiles are hands-down my favorite breakfast/brunch recipe ever. They’re so savory and flavorful and taste great topped with a couple of fried eggs!
I hope you found these Easter brunch ideas helpful! Any one of these recipes would make a delicious meal to remember that any guest will love. If you do give a recipe a try, be sure to let me know! Leave a comment with a star rating on the recipe. Consider subscribing to my weekly newsletter and get all my newest recipes delivered to your inbox. You can also snap a photo & tag @JENNYGOYCOCHEA on Instagram. I LOVE hearing about & seeing your SMF creations!
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20 Last Minute Easter Brunch Ideas (Sweet and Savory!)
- 8 – 10 small/medium croissants, stale
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 lb breakfast sausage
- 1/2 yellow onion, diced
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 4 oz cream cheese, room temperature
- 2 cups white cheddar, grated
- 3 green onions, sliced
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 10 eggs
- 1 1/4 cups half and half
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons hot sauce, like frank's or tabasco
- 2 tablespoons everything bagel seasoning
- kosher salt
- freshly cracked pepper
- Brown the meat and veggies. Heat a bit of oil in a skillet and brown the sausage, using a spoon to break it apart as it cooks. Once it's mostly cooked, add the diced onion and bell pepper and cook until the veggies are soft. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
- Mix the filling. In a bowl, combine the sausage mixture, cream cheese, 1 1/2 cups of shredded cheese, paprika, and sliced green onions. Mix until everything is well incorporated.
- Prep the croissants. Cut the croissants in half length-wise. Lightly grease a 9×13 baking dish and arrange the bottom halves of the croissants in the baking dish Divide the sausage mixture between the croissant bottoms and then top with the top halves. Set aside.
- Mix the eggs. In a blender, or in a mixing bowl, whisk the eggs, half and half, dijon, hot sauce, and 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper until very smooth. If whisking by hand, make sure the eggs are very smooth and uniform.
- Pour and set. Reserve 2 tablespoons of egg mixture and set aside. Pour the remaining egg mixture around the croissants. Cover and let them soak for at least 1 hour at room temperature or overnight in the fridge.
- Preheat an oven to 375 F.
- Bake. Before baking, brush the croissants with the reserved egg mixture and sprinkle with the everything bagel seasoning. Top with a bit more shredded cheese. Cover with foil and bake for 30 min. Uncover and bake for 15-20 minutes longer, until the eggs are set and no longer runny. Top with more sliced green onions and serve warm.