I admit, I’m pretty active in my church community here in Brooklyn, but I never really get to celebrate holidays with them. When Christmas rolls around we have our parties, but we end up going our separate ways to see families across the country. Easter is particularly special for me because it’s my friend holiday—the holiday I dedicate to being here in the city, celebrating the joyous resurrection with all of my people. It’s a magical time.
Last year when vaccines were just being rolled out, we wanted to be safe with our Easter gathering, so we got together and enjoyed brunch in the park. We picked up bagel sandwiches and drank mimosas and enjoyed the warming weather, the blooming flowers, and the fact that we were together, in person, and not over Zoom.
So this year, we decided to just do the same thing. We’ll enjoy another potluck Easter brunch in the park, so of course, I have to plan out what I’m going to bring! While not all of these recipes would travel well (I’ll likely turn to some of my picnic recipes instead), I still think it’s fun to list out all of the delicious springtime eats to enjoy. Plus, I’ll likely need some inspiration for Easter dinner as well.
From brunch to cocktail hour and even dinner, here are some of my go-to recipes for Easter Sunday festivities.
Single-Stack Carrot Cake Pancakes
It’s cake—but for breakfast! These carrot cake pancakes are the perfect brunch food to enjoy on your own, or simply multiply it to cook for a crowd.
Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Quiche
I just feel like quiche is what you’re supposed to eat on Easter Sunday, right? This one is particularly a favorite of mine—and pairs perfectly with a simple green salad tossed with a light vinaigrette.
Honey Whipped Ricotta French Toast
It’s the French toast upgrade you didn’t even know you needed! Whip up some ricotta with honey for a tasty, thick sauce to serve with your toast. Don’t forget to sprinkle on some fresh spring strawberries!
Crumbly Blueberry Coffee Cake
I honestly feel like this coffee cake can work for any season, but particularly delicious with a cup of coffee before rushing off to the Easter Sunday service.
Pinterest can’t seem to get enough of this recipe, and honestly, I get it. Champagne, pink lemonade, and raspberries? The perfect brunch cocktail to start off a joyous day!
Blended Buttermilk Dutch Baby
Whether you need to use up the buttermilk or milk in your fridge, both will work well for this dutch baby recipe. Slice it up and serve with fresh berries for an easy brunch to serve the fam.
Lemon Pasta Primavera
If your Easter brunch is more of a lunch, this vegetable pasta will perfectly satisfy. Toss in all kinds of fresh vegetables into this dish for the perfect springtime meal.
If you’re looking for an easy appetizer to serve with a charcuterie board, this baked brie has your back. Serve with crackers or slices of a fresh baguette.
Another festive appetizer to serve a crowd! This one does require some ripping and dipping, but I promise, it is 100% worth it.
Honey Lemon Gimlet
A simple, sophisticated cocktail to serve with your appetizers!
If you need a cocktail to serve a crowd on Easter Sunday, whip up a pitcher of this rosé sangria. Just make sure to give it a few hours to sit in the fridge before serving!
Lemon Garlic Shrimp in White Wine Sauce
If you’re looking for something simple yet elegant, this lemon garlic shrimp is the perfect dinner meal. Serve with crusty bread for dipping and crunch green salads.
Mini Chicken Pot Pies
For a more COVID-friendly choice, these mini chicken pot pies make the perfect portion for one.
Lemon Garlic Vegetable Linguini
Looking for an easy carb to serve with your meal, like a roasted chicken perhaps? (See below.) Or how about something for the Easter Sunday potluck you said you would attend? This linguini is speedy to throw together and doesn’t require too many ingredients.
Nothing says Sunday dinner like throwing a simple pot roast in the oven. Especially if it means pouring an entire can of soda on it…
Dutch Oven Roast Chicken with Herbs
Roasting up a chicken is a classic, easy way to share a large meal with friends—and can easily cook in that dutch oven of yours!
Key Lime Pie
Whether you decide to actually make the graham cracker crust or simply buy one at the store, this key lime pie recipe makes throwing together dessert a dream.
Strawberry Sourdough Shortcake
If you’re still playing around with that sourdough from quarantine, then you’re going to love this incredibly simple sourdough discard shortcake recipe!