Quick and easy Easter appetizer recipes and ideas for your festive brunch
Easter is just around the corner and you may be thinking of hosting a festive brunch for your family and friends. Planning an event is an important task as it involves not only decoration, but a balanced menu. We have selected some quick and easy Easter appetizer recipes which will help you and will not take much time. In addition, we shall give you some ideas for the decor, table setting, drinks so that your guests will be more than pleased!
What do you need to know when you host an Easter brunch? Colors are important and this is not a surprise. Choose bright and light spring colors. Pastel shades are always a good choice. Lavender, pink, mint green, pale blue, white, orange, etc. It will be brilliant if you can connect Easter decoration colors with the colors of the food. For example, asparagus casserole will look stunningly beautiful on bright orange or fresh green tablecloth as a background.
Easter appetizer recipes and ideas – Shrimp deviled eggs
12 Eggs, hard boiled and peeled
24 Shrimp tail on, steamed
3 tablespoons ketchup
1 1/2 teaspoons Horseradish
1/2 cup Mayonnaise
Salt and black pepper to taste
Paprika for garnish
Cut eggs in half and remove the yolks.
Put the yolks in a separate bowl. Add ketchup, horseradish, mayonnaise, salt and pepper to the yolks and combine until smooth. You can use an electric blender.
Place yolk mixture into a piping bag and pipe into the egg halves.
Top with a shrimp.
Garnish with paprika.
Easter appetizer recipes and ideas – Baked Spinach Nests
1 Garlic clove
2 ⅕ pounds Spinach
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
A pinch of nutmeg
Salt and pepper, to taste
Chop garlic and onion very finely.
Trim spinach, rinse and drain in a sieve.
Heat the vegetable oil in a pot and saute onion and garlic over medium heat until translucent.
Add spinach to pot and cook until wilted, stirring. Add nutmeg and season with salt and pepper.
Remove from heat and let cool.
Divide spinach into 4 portions and squeeze excess moisture
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Place spinach balls on the baking sheet. Flatten slightly to form a well in the center.
Slide an egg into each spinach well.
Bake spinach nests in a preheated oven at 200°C (400°F) for 15-20 minutes.
Season with salt and pepper and serve.
Easter menu ideas – Mini quiches with peas and ham
For the pastry:
250 g all purpose flour
1 pinch of salt
125 g butter
For the filling:
50 g ham, diced
1 onion, finely chopped
150 g peas
1 bunch chives, snipped
3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
200 g Gruyere cheese, grated
200 ml cream, 48% fat
Salt and pepper, to taste
Put the flour in a mixing bowl, add the salt and stir to mix.
Rub in the butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
Add the egg and knead to a dough. Form the dough into a ball.
Wrap in cling film and chill in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.
Heat the oven to 200°C (400°F).
Grease 4 mini quiche tins.
Roll out the pastry on a floured surface and line the tins.
Prick the base for mini quiches with a fork and bake for about 10 minutes until golden.
Mix together the cooked ham, onion, peas, chives and garlic.
Whisk the eggs and stir in the cheese and cream.
Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Spoon the pea and ham mixture into the pastry cases, pour the cheese and cream mixture over and bake for about 35 minutes until the filling is set.
Serve the mini quiches with a green salad.
Easter brunch ideas – quail egg and prosciutto on avocado toast
For Avocado spread:
2 large, ripe avocados
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
3 garlic cloves, very finely minced
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped
lime juice, to preserve color
12 slices prosciutto
12 quail eggs
2 tablespoons capers
chives for garnish
12 slices toasted fresh baguette
Mash avocados into a puree and combine with mayonnaise, garlic and dill. Add a few drops of lemon juice to preserve color. Season with salt and pepper.
Lightly toast the baguette slices, then top with avocado spread and sprinkle with capers.
Fold a prosciutto slice on top.
Heat a large pan over low heat. Add 1-2 tablespoons of oil and fry the eggs over low heat without turning, covering the pan so the yolk will set.
Remove the eggs from pan gently with a rubber spatula and place on top of each appetizer.
Garnish and serve.
Easter appetizer recipes – Tortellini salad skewers with mustard-dill vinaigrette
9 oz (250 g) refrigerated cheese tortellini
8 oz (220 g) frozen sugar snap peas
14 oz (400 g)grape tomatoes, cut in half
1/2 cup white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 pressed garlic cloves
2 teaspoons sugar
1 1/4 cups olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Whisk together vinegar, fresh dill, Dijon mustard, garlic, and sugar. Add olive oil, whisking constantly until thoroughly combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
Cook tortellini according to package directions. Rinse under cold running water.
Boil sugar snap peas and rinse under cold water.
Thread each skewer with 1 sugar snap pea, 1 tortellini, and 1 tomato half.
Place skewers in a baking dish. Pour the vinaigrette over skewers, turning to coat.