50 Easter Brunch Ideas That Are Quick, Easy and Festive

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It’s Easter Sunday: This is not the time for soggy cereal and toast. If you’re celebrating the day with brunch (you know, in between the holiday crafts and copious amounts of candy), might we suggest one of these 50 Easter brunch ideas? They’re festive and spring-y—think kale quiche, feta tart and carrot cake doughnuts—while still being ridiculously easy to prepare, which means you’ll have plenty of time for an egg hunt.

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1. Broiled Citrus Ricotta Toast

Regular old buttered toast just won’t cut it on a holiday, but add a schmear of ricotta and honey-soaked citrus and now we’re talking.

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2. Classic Banana Bread

We’ve found the perfect use for those sad, sagging bananas you’ve been “saving” on your counter for weeks.

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3. Sweet Potato, Bacon and Broccoli Egg Muffins

Want to shake things up? Swap the veggies for whatever you have. Just don’t skip the bacon.

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4. Poached Egg with Frisée and Arugula Salad

This feels like a fancy restaurant salad even though it’s super easy to pull off in your own kitchen. (Just don’t tell anyone that.)

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5. French Toast Sticks

Sure, you could serve these with maple syrup. But we think our honey-vanilla dipping sauce is also worth a try.

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6. Avocado Deviled Eggs

We really do like green eggs, at least when they’re these delicious bites.

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7. Skillet Blueberry Cornbread

If a coffee cake and cornbread had a very tasty, crumb-topped baby, this would be it.

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8. Sheet-Pan Pancakes with Chocolate Chips

It’s Easter and you don’t have time to flip pancakes while everyone hunts for eggs. With this sheet-pan wonder, you don’t have to flip a thing.

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9. Veggie Niçoise Salad with Red Curry Green Beans

Come for the tender potatoes; stay for the impeccably cooked hard-boiled eggs.

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10. Cherry Tomato Galette with Garlic and Herbs

This is like a fancy pizza that got dressed up in its Sunday best. (Psst: The crust is store-bought puff pastry.)

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11. Doughnut Muffins

The only thing tastier than a dozen doughnuts? A dozen of these fluffy, sugary treats.

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12. Meyer Lemon Loaf Cake

Is it a cake or is it a quick bread? We’re not sure, but we’re definitely having a second slice.

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13. Glazed Blueberry Cake

Cake for breakfast? We wouldn’t dare. Cake for brunch , on the other hand…

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14. Tempeh Bacon Bagels

Even non-vegans will gobble up these breakfast sammies.

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15. Chocolate Banana Bread Babka

She is beauty, she is grace and she is positively going to steal the brunch show.

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16. Breakfast Caprese with Soft-Boiled Eggs

Salad for breakfast is a thing, guys. And it’s better than you’d expect.

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17. Deviled Eggs, Three Ways

What will it be, roasted garlic, sriracha or capers? (The correct answer is all three.)

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18. Eggs Benedict with Easy Hollandaise Sauce

The secret to making rich, creamy homemade hollandaise lies with your blender.

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19. Sheet Pan Eggs with Smoked Salmon, Cream Cheese and Dill

We’ll be the first to admit that cooking eggs for a crowd isn’t the easiest task. Enter this one-pan wonder, which happens to pair splendidly with a mimosa.

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20. Nutella Pancakes

Slathering chocolate-hazelnut spread on top of a stack is fine, but we much prefer to stuff it inside. You know, for effect.

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21. Eggs in a Basket

Since the entire dish is baked in the oven, you can quickly assemble and let it cook while you sip coffee and catch up with guests (or dip into the hidden Easter baskets).

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22. Citrus, Fennel and Avocado Salad

You know how on Easter it’s usually freezing, raining or snowing? Thank God we have citrus to remind us of the sunny days to come.

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23. Beet and Goat Cheese Tart

A good cook always has a little frozen puff pastry hidden up her sleeve…er…in her freezer.

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24. Pizza Dough Cinnamon Rolls

Store-bought dough will shave hours off the prep time. Tell everyone you’ve been up since 4 a.m.

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25. Green Shakshuka

The original is made with tomato sauce, but we like to mix things up every once in a while. (We never skip the crusty bread for dipping, though.)

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26. Slow-Cooker Mediterranean Frittata

Drop everything into the slow cooker the night before, then wake up to brunch ready and waiting for you.

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27. Mini Carrot Cakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrots…bunnies…get it?

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28. Cherry-Almond Baked Oatmeal

Oatmeal is usually reserved for weekdays. This baked version, however, is special enough to serve to a crowd.

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29. Monkey-Bread Danish

Cinnamon streusel, meet cream cheese filling. You’re going to be best friends, we can tell.

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30. Bacon-Wrapped Eggs

When it comes to entertaining, we’d be lost without our muffin tin. These babies are going to disappear the minute you pull them out of the oven.

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31. Waffle-Iron Sweet Potato Hash Browns

The ratio of crispy to soft is going to rock your world. (The three-item ingredient list will too.)

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32. Bacon, Egg and Cheese Breakfast Muffins

They’ll think you made regular old muffins until they take a bite.

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33. Roasted Potato Galette with Crème Fraîche and Smoked Salmon

We’ve never met a potato recipe we didn’t like, but this one takes the cake. Pile it high with all the fixings and wait for the oohs and ahhs.

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34. Kale Quiche with Cheddar-Rice Crust

The easiest way to get your requisite greens is to bake them into a pie.

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35. Carrot Cake Doughnuts with Cream Cheese Glaze

Is it breakfast or dessert? All we know is that it’s delicious, no matter when you eat it.

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36. Whole-Wheat Feta Tart with Caramelized Onions and Herbs

The easy press-in crust and quick filling make this impressive savory pie a no-brainer addition to your spread.

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37. Spicy Orange-Honey Glazed Ham

Glazed ham for brunch? On Easter, it’s fair game. Green eggs optional, Sam I Am.

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38. Sunday Morning French Toast

It’s a classic with the best kind of twist: A whole batch is made in one pan, so you can skip the frying-slices-at-the-stove thing.

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39. Johnnycakes with Rhubarb and Sour Cherries

Rhubarb season will be gone in the blink of an eye, so take advantage if you’re fortunate enough to get your hands on some.

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40. Maple Candied Bacon

Sweet and salty is our favorite flavor combination.

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41. Joanna Gaines’s Asparagus and Fontina Quiche

It’s not a real brunch until a gorgeously flaky quiche hits the table.

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42. Giant Cinnamon Roll

You have two options here: Slice it into pieces and plate it like a fancy-pants, or set out forks and let everyone dive right in.

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43. Asparagus, Pea and Ricotta Tarts

Spring produce + store-bought puff pastry = the crowd-pleaser that looks much more sophisticated (and time-consuming) than it is.

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44. Quiche with Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Crust

We guarantee at least one person at the table won’t be eating gluten. Luckily, this will please the whole guest list.

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45. Mini Citrus Monkey Bread

They’re even better than the ones from that upscale bakery down the street.

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46. Everything Bagel Tomato Galettes

Quick, easy, cute and ready to eat straight out of the oven. You might want to make a double batch.

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47. Layered Smoked Salmon Dip with Mini Bagel Chips

Everything tastes better when it’s three times smaller, even bagels and lox. This also takes ten minutes to put together, so everybody wins.

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48. The Best Potatoes au Gratin Ever

If you’re going the savory route, we highly recommend something cheesy or potato-y. If it checks both boxes, even better.

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49. Sheet Tray Pancakes with Peaches and Strawberries

You can swap the fruit for whatever looks best at the farmers market.

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50. Slow-Cooked Salmon

Not everyone is a ham person. We get it. Serve them a fancy (yet secretly easy) fillet of salmon instead.

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