Instead of hosting a traditional Easter dinner this year, gather family and friends for brunch after the egg hunt. With simple recipes and often-thrifty ingredients, this fun twist on the holiday meal can be easier on the wallet. These menu suggestions go all the way from a welcome cocktail (or mocktail) to a sweet array of desserts.
30 Simple Recipes for a Memorable Easter Brunch
Is there a more classic harbinger of warm days than lemonade? Impress with a homemade version, not-so-humbly called the “Best Lemonade Ever,” posted on Allrecipes (where reviewers seem to agree). It’s easy to make -- do it a day ahead to allow it to chill properly. At just 72 calories a glass, it leaves room to indulge in the brunch buffet to follow.
Trisha Yearwood’s reputation in the country-music world is certainly established, and she’s showing similar prowess on the food scene. Guests will love the zesty spirit of her citrus cocktail featured by Food Network. The drink includes a selection of fresh citrus fruit and citrus soda mixed with vodka.
As guests gather, put out appetizers like Giada De Laurentiis’ white bean dip with pita chips from Food Network. The centerpiece is canned cannellini beans -- a more-than-thrifty ingredient, although dried beans are even cheaper. To save more pennies -- and carbs -- skip the pita chips and serve with cut vegetables.
Sometimes a rich and savory showstopper is worth a tiny splurge. These days, goat cheese has become a supermarket staple, so it’s not hard to find the ingredients for a baked-goat-cheese recipe from the blog The Wicked Noodle, home of “sinfully delicious dishes.” We’re drooling already.
The name pretty much says it all. Be prepared to whip up more than one batch of this easy crowd-pleaser from Pillsbury, which features ready-made dough wrapped around sausage and cream cheese.
Quiche belongs in every frugal cook's repertoire, thanks to its base of inexpensive eggs and impressive presentation. Turn a store-bought pie shell, eggs, and whatever cheeses, meats, and vegetables you have on hand into a singular creation based on a basic quiche recipe posted on Food.com.
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Bring a bit of heft -- and plenty of flavor -- to the selection of side dishes with a recipe for spuds from Lipton. An envelope of the brand’s Recipe Secrets onion soup mix -- oh, and potatoes and olive oil -- is all you need to make this crowd-pleasing starch.
Strawberry MuffinsMuffins are made for multiplying. Make a batch; make two. After trying a strawberry muffin recipe posted on Allrecipes, you might want to make three. Either fresh or frozen strawberries can go in these little treats, so opt for whichever is cheaper -- the taste will still shine through.
No cooking skills -- or long shopping lists -- are needed to whip up this chocolate pudding pie recipe by Kraft. Featuring instant pudding, a store-bought crust, milk, and frozen whipped topping (feel free to choose any brands), this pie is easy to assemble with only a whisk and a few hours to set in the fridge.
Start by whipping up a plain dessert (cake, cupcakes) from a box mix. What’s underneath won’t matter when you slather it with homemade coconut buttercream frosting. A recipe featured by the blog Baked by an Introvert uses just powdered sugar, butter, and coconut milk to transport guests to an island paradise.
As if you weren’t already the “host with the most,” send guests home with a special treat: chocolate truffles. This recipe posted on Allrecipes does take time, but the instructions for this recipe are straightforward and, hey, you’re already in the kitchen making the rest of the menu, so relish this chance to leave a dazzling final impression.
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