Friday, 30 March 2018  • Recipes,

Easter is a special time where family spends time laughing and remembering, enjoying great company and fabulous food. One of the obvious, best ways to celebrate this holiday is with a tasty meal – but what’s a celebratory brunch without a little vino? This year, impress your relatives with a signature Easter brunch dish and fantastic wine pairings. What better way to show your love and appreciation on this special day than with a warm, home-cooked breakfast creation and festive drinks to go with your meal? Try these easy, crowd-pleasing recipes for instant brunch success this Easter:

Fluffy Cheese Biscuits
Nothing says, "good morning" better than a delicious, cheesy biscuit! This fluffy dish is sure to start the day in a big way. Requiring minimal ingredients and just 10-12 minutes, you’ll be sure to thank us for this recipe when your family and friends ask for seconds and thirds!

1 tube (10 ounces) Buttermilk Biscuits
2 Eggs
¼ C. Cheddar Cheese, shredded ¼ C. Mozzarella Cheese, shredded
2 Tbsp. Chopped Green Onions (optional)
1 Tbsp. Green Pepper (optional)

1. Preheat your oven to 400°F. On your countertop, roll out your biscuit dough into 5-inch balls and place each ball of dough into the ungreased muffin cup of a muffin tin. 2. In a separate bowl, combine the eggs and cheese and add additional optional vegetables.

3. Add 1 tablespoon of the egg mixture to each muffin cup.

4. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until biscuits are browned.

Nibble these delicious bites with a festive sparkling mimosa or a glass of moscato, wine types that absolutely love cheese!

Asparagus + Mushroom Easter Quiche
If you’re looking to try and new and exciting dish that’s as healthy as it is delicious, this is it. Featuring some of our favorite wholesome ingredients, this light meal won’t leave anyone feeling guilty about having more than one piece. Try adding additional vegetables like peppers and onions to give it an additional flair!

1 sheet Refrigerated Pie Dough
1 lb. Fresh Asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 Onion, chopped 1 Fresh Garlic Clove, diced
1 C. Mushrooms, sliced
2 Tbsp. Butter
3 Eggs
1 1/3 C. Heavy Whipping Cream
2 tsp. Fresh Basil, minced
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Pepper

1. Preheat your oven to 375°F, then unroll pie pastry into a 9-in. deep-dish pie plate; flute the edges.

2. Steam asparagus pieces for 3-5 minutes or until fork tender.

3. In a large skillet, sauté the onion, garlic, and mushrooms in butter until tender. Stir in the asparagus then transfer to pie crust.

4. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs, heavy cream, basil, salt and pepper together until well combined, then pour over the top of the veggies.

5. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool 10 minutes before serving.

Enjoy a fresh, spring-inspired wedge of quiche with a crisp white chardonnay!

Easy Sausage + Egg Bake

When we think of Easter, we think of a classic egg bake. This bake can be as simple, or complex, as you prefer it to be. Simply add additional elements to give it a spicier, cheesier, or healthier feel. Nothing helps celebrate a special holiday like a warm, comforting brunch dish. Enjoy!

8-9 slices of White Bread, cubed
1 lb. Italian Sausage, casings removed, and sliced
2 ½ C. Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
2 C. Mozzarella Cheese, shredded
9 Eggs
3 C. Milk
1 tsp. Basil, dried
1 tsp. Oregano, dried
1 tsp. Fennel Seed, crushed Salt & Pepper, to taste

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Place bread cubes in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish; set aside.

2. In a large skillet, cook the sausage over medium heat then drain. Spoon sausage over bread and sprinkle with the cheeses.

3. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, milk and seasonings together and pour over the bread mixture. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

4. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking, then bake uncovered for 50-60 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Try pairing this meal with a tasty merlot or pinot noir to give the meal extra flavor, or opt for a fresh and floral white like sauvignon blanc.

Croissant French Toast

If you’re looking to "wow" your guests’ taste buds, this is the meal we recommend. A new twist on an old dish, you can’t beat this tasty French toast. The best part? It takes just minutes to whip up, so you’ll have more time to spend with the people you love this Easter.

Vanilla Sauce:
1 Tbsp. All-Purpose Flour
4 Egg yolks
1 Tbsp. Vanilla Extract
2 C. Heavy Whipping Cream
½ C. White Sugar
2 scoops Vanilla Ice Cream

Berry Sauce:
2 C. Raspberries
2 Tbsp. Sugar
French Toast:
3 Eggs
4 Croissants, split
2 Tbsp. Butter

1. In a bowl, combine flour, egg yolks and vanilla; set aside.

2. In a saucepan over medium-high heat, bring the whipping cream and sugar to a boil and promptly remove from the heat. Stir a small amount of the hot cream mixture into the egg yolk mixture, then return both to the pan, stirring constantly.

3. Bring to a gentle boil, stirring constantly for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir into ice cream until melted, then set aside.

4. For the berry sauce, combine the raspberries and sugar in a saucepan and simmer, uncovered, for 2-3 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.

5. Beat the eggs in a shallow bowl, then dip both sides of croissants into the eggs. Brown croissants on both sides, in the butter, over medium heat and serve with vanilla and berry sauces.

The sweet flavors of French toast beg to be paired with a quality sparkling wine to celebrate Easter brunch in style!

Crunchy Banana Muffins*
Who says muffins have to be boring? We don’t think so! If you’re busy running around this Easter morning, it’s great to have a simple, easy-to-grab dish for your guests. These muffins are super satisfying and full of fresh, tasty ingredients like bananas and coconuts.

3 C. All-Purpose Flour
2 C. Sugar
2 tsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 tsp. Salt
½ lb. Unsalted Butter, melted and cooled
2 Eggs
3/4 C. Whole Milk
2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1 C. Ripe Bananas, mashed (about 2 bananas)
1 C. Bananas, diced (about 1 banana)
1 C. Walnuts, diced (optional)
1 C. Granola (optional)
1 C. Sweetened Shredded Coconut (optional)

1. Preheat the oven to 350° F and line 18 large muffin cups with paper liners. Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl.

2. Add the melted butter and blend together. Combine the eggs, milk, vanilla, and mashed bananas, and add them to the flour-and-butter mixture, then mix till just combined. Don’t overmix.

3. Fold the diced bananas and optional walnuts, granola, and coconut into the batter, then spoon the batter into the paper muffin liners, filling each cup to the top. Sprinkle each muffin with dried banana chips, granola, or coconut, if desired.

4. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the tops are brown and a toothpick comes out clean. Cool slightly, remove from the pan, and serve.

This fruity Easter morning snack is worth of a delicious white zinfandel, a grounding pairing for the sweet fruity flavors.

*Ina Garten, 1999, The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, All Rights Reserved

These traditional brunch recipes are ideal for Easter time. We hope you and your guests enjoy these signature dishes, as much as you enjoy spending the day together. Looking for even more, yummy options? Consider our Pull-Apart Pumpkin Bread or Easter Tea Sandwiches! Happy Easter!

Easter Brunch Recipes + Wine Pairings