Easter Brunch for Twelve
Easter is a sign that spring has arrived, and an Easter brunch is the perfect way to kick off the new season. This Easter Brunch for 12 is a real crowd pleaser and highlights the arrival of California asparagus and Florida strawberries, two of spring's finest offerings.
The menu starts with deviled eggs, but these aren't Grandma's eggs. Scented with a bit of curry powder, sweetened with chutney and made crunchy with the addition of crisp bacon, these deviled eggs are surprisingly complex in flavor.
A store-bought spiral sliced ham gets a honey-Dijon glaze, and then a coating of spiced sugar before heating in the oven. The supermarket ham tastes close to those sold at gourmet ham shops, but costs much less.
Since there are no pineapple rings on this ham, bread pudding-like Pineapple-Cheddar Strata is the perfect accompaniment. And, the season's asparagus shows up on this menu as crisp Honey-Citrus Marinated Asparagus that's garnished with slivered red onion and fresh orange segments.Dessert is everyone's favorite strawberry shortcake, but this version is super simple to prepare and ever so delicious. Lemon mousse and lemon crème take these shortcakes over-the-top, and no one will guess that convenience products were used to create this divine dessert
Curried Deviled Easter Eggs
Deviled eggs are a perennial favorite at family gatherings, especially at Easter when hardboiled eggs abound. But unlike Grandma’s eggs, seasoned with yellow mustard and a bit of relish, these Curried Deviled Easter Eggs are packed with complex flavors.More.
Sugar-Coated Spiral Sliced Ham
Ordering a gourmet spiral-sliced ham for a holiday brunch is as simple as logging onto the internet or picking up the phone. But with almost as little effort (and a lot less expense), you can create a home-coated ham that tastes just like the expensive ham from the gourmet store.More.
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Honey-Citrus Marinated Asparagus
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Simple Strawberry Shortcakes with Lemon Mousse and Lemon Creme
Each year the small Florida town of Plant City would host an early spring strawberry festival to welcome the new crop, and the highlight was strawberry shortcakes that seemed a mile high.More.