Are your plans for dining out for Easter Sunday brunch dashed this year? Restaurants around the country have closed their dining rooms due to the coronavirus outbreak. Unfortunately, the closures run right into Easter, a time when many families like to enjoy a traditional Easter meal out.
So you have a couple of choices: drive up for a take-out meal, or eat at home. We suggest the latter, treating your family to a fabulous homemade holiday feast. And to help you out, we have some menu ideas that let you hop to it for a sumptuous and memorable holiday celebration with your immediate family.
For an entrée, you might like this breakfast casserole. Mix beaten eggs, diced onions, bell pepper, shredded cheese, hash browns, and crumbled bacon into a casserole dish. Bake it up for a savory hearty main dish.
Add a side of pancakes. Surprise the kids and the adults in the house with bunny-shaped pancakes. Carry out the bunny theme with footpads dotted with chocolate nibs and a spray-on whipped cream tail. Hint: for fluffier pancakes swap out plain water with Crystal Geyser Sparkling Water (Original only for best results) to the mix.
Egg Bread Centerpiece
Prepare a decorative Easter bread with a rich, eggy dough. Braid the dough and shape into a wreath, cross, or other religious symbol and top with a sweet glaze, crunchy slivered almonds, or accent with poppy or sesame seeds. A braided egg bread tastes so soft and flavorful and makes a beautiful edible centerpiece for your Easter table. Save a little left-over batter and use it to wrap breakfast sausages for mouthwatering sausage rolls (otherwise known as kolaches).
Create colorful glasses of cut up or infused fresh fruit and Crystal Geyser Sparkling. Vary the concoctions by setting up a mocktail bar and let your family sample the ones they like. Keep your mocktail icy cold with cubed or crushed ice. Here are some ideas to rev up some holiday mocktail madness:
For a basic mocktail, garnish each stemmed glass with a strawberry, slice of lemon, lime, orange, or wedge of your favorite seasonal fruit. Or try one of these infusion suggestions:
Make a simple lemon and honey mixture or other flavorful syrup or an herb or spice infusion like mint, cilantro, cinnamon, or ginger.
For a fruity infusion of berries, pineapple, or peach to each glass. A cocktail muddler works well for this. Press down, crushing the fruit, but not mashing it to a pulp. Add Crystal Geyser Sparkling, ice, and drop in a sprig of mint.
Grab your melon-balling tool and create a tower of colorful melon balls with a mix of watermelon, honeydew, and cantaloupe in Tom Collins glasses, adding crushed ice and Crystal Geyser Sparkling.
As an option to the single-glass mocktail, serve drinks like punch, pouring your fizzy drinks from your finest punch bowl. Dress up the bowl with a floating flavored ice ring and to keep things chilled.
Create a Festive Atmosphere
Make Easter Sunday extra special by setting the proper mood. You and the kids can have an egg decoration party and then hold an Easter egg hunt inside or in the yard. Create that perfect atmosphere by adorning the walls in the house with artwork or religious symbols. Create the spirit that reflects what Easter means to you and your family.
Dress for the occasion. Put on your Easter finery as you would if you were going out. Ask the rest of the family to dress up too. Have something special for the young ones to wear … an Easter basket filled with goodies, a hat, bow, or fancy new shoes.
Shop in advance for those brunch items you’ll need. Call ahead to local stores to make sure the food items you need are there. Take advantage of curbside grocery shopping, if available. You’ll save time and won’t need to get out of your car.
Gather around the table. Enjoy the feast, each other’s company, and the occasion. Then maybe say a prayer or two that you can all be together, well and happy, from the comfort of home.