Easter is undeniably a happy holiday, what with the kick off to the spring season always within its midst, so it’s a date on the calendar that we tend to look forward to. With that said, there’s no denying that Easter is often considered one of the more formal holidays of the year (think: church-appropriate attire, family reunions and tables laid with fine china).
This year, our Editorial Director, Caitlin, decided to challenge tradition—if only by a bit—in order to throw an easy Easter brunch for her closest family and friends. This ultra-casual affair featured a menu full of scrumptious fanfare fit for Easter, but was finished with easygoing details like collected, mismatched blue-and-white serving pieces, soft-white table linens and free-flowing garden-style blooms.
The effect of Caitlin’s gathered tablescape—coupled with a thoughtful Easter-themed menu punctuated by savory flavors and greens—was altogether worthy of the traditional celebration. Read on for a breakdown of Caitlin’s springy menu and to get a few seasonal styling visuals, too!
- French-Pressed Coffee
- Sweet Potato and Spinach Frittata
- Brown Sugar Bacon
- Simple Spring Salad
Sweet Potato and Spinach Frittata
- 1 cup roasted sweet potatoes
- 2 cups spinach
- 1/2 onion, thinly sliced
- 4 pieces of cooked bacon, crumbled
- 8 eggs
- 1/2 cup milk of your choice (almond, whole milk, skim, etc.)
- Salt and pepper
- Preheat oven to 350 F. In an oven-safe skillet, sauté the onion in olive oil over medium-to-low heat for 20 minutes until soft and caramelized. The key to caramelization is low and slow heat, so give yourself time!
- Add in spinach and stir gently until just wilted.
- Remove everything from the skillet and place on a plate. Pour a few glugs of olive oil into the skillet and rub around the sides, ensuring it’s well-oiled.
- Beat eggs, milk, salt and pepper (to taste) with a hand mixer until fluffy.
- Place onions, spinach, sweet potatoes and crumbled bacon back into the skillet, spreading everything out evenly, and turn on the burner to medium-high heat.
- Pour the egg mixture on top and cook about five minutes until the eggs begin to set. Immediately place in the pre-heated oven and bake until eggs are cooked through—approximately 20 minutes.
Brown Sugar Bacon
*Makes 12 slices
- 12 slices bacon (bake it yourself or buy it pre-cooked—we love Trader Joe’s pre-cooked bacon!)
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- Pre-heat oven to 300 F.
- Place bacon on a baking sheet. We suggest either placing the bacon on tin foil, or laying it on a cooling rack placed on top of a cookie sheet.
- Sprinkle with brown sugar and bake until just starting to bubble. Watch closely so it doesn’t burn!
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before serving.
Simple Spring Salad
- Segmented grapefruit
- Crispy fried onions
- 1 avocado, chopped
- Vinaigrette dressing of your choice
- Place greens in a salad bowl.
- Top with grapefruit, crispy fried onion pieces and avocado.
- Finish by drizzling your favorite vinaigrette dressing over the salad, toss and serve.