The egg casserole is the star of this mostly make-ahead Easter brunch.
Easter buffet
Credit: Jennifer Causey

One of the biggest challenges associated with entertaining is getting everything to the table at the same time, and Easter brunch is no exception. The solution? Serving a variety of dishes that taste equally delicious at room temperature. You can do the majority of the cooking in advance and lay everything out buffet-style. That way when your guests arrive, your only job is to enjoy the party while the kids bop in for a bite throughout the course of the annual Easter egg hunt.

Start by welcoming everyone with a batch of refreshing and non-alcoholic strawberry-citrus coolers and a giant mound of sweet mini cinnamon buns. The centerpiece of the meal is a surprisingly easy soufflé casserole enriched with three types of cheese. Pair generous slices with homemade lamb sausages, hearty oven browns, and a flavorful herb-packed salad. And for dessert, a luscious raspberry custard tart is just the ticket.

Credit: Jennifer Causey

To Drink: Minted Mandarin and Strawberry Coolers

The mint puts the cool in these mocktails, aptly named Minted Mandarin and Strawberry Coolers. Mandarin juice is mixed with strawberries and fresh mint to form an all-ages brunch cocktail.


To Start: Cinnamon-Bun Bites

Glazed Cinnamon-Bun Bites bake together in one big rich, gooey pile that's easily pulled apart by little fingers, and enjoyed by all ages.

cheese souffle casserole
Credit: Jennifer Causey

Main: Cheese, Leek, and Herb Soufflé Casserole

Instead of fussing over individual soufflés, make one big Cheese, Leek, and Herb Soufflé Casserole. It's baked in a lasagna pan fitted with a parchment collar, to aid rising. Dusting the pan with grated Parmesan also facilitates this as it helps the batter climb up the sides as the soufflé bakes.


Sides: Lamb Sausage, Oven Browns, and Spring Salad

The menu utilizes traditional Easter ingredients of fresh spring produce in unexpected ways. Instead of the usual roast, lamb shows up in homemade sausage flavored with garlic, rosemary, and fennelOven-browned potatoes are crisp, buttery, and far easier to make for a crowd than pan-fried hash browns. Bite-size pieces of escarole, frisée, and Belgian endives are tossed with a simple white-wine vinaigrette and a bevy of fresh herbs for a perfectly refreshing salad.


Dessert: Raspberry Custard Tart

An easy crust made with store-bought puff pastry is filled with a crème fraîche-based vanilla custard and topped with fresh raspberries for a colorful end to a memorable meal.


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