For children and families, Easter is all about eggs. Aside from their decorative qualities and the thrill of the hunt, using them creatively in a special holiday brunch can welcome guests in a yummy way. In fact a sparkling holiday meal can include spring garden-infused omelets, frittatas or quiche dishes, and perhaps stray a bit from the fold by featuring other seasonal delicacies when the earth once again yawns and stretches in the sun.
If you love asparagus, which are now part of the season’s bounty, but want a change from typical steaming, roasting or hollandaise, how about a sensational ham, egg and asparagus bake! Artichoke hearts gratin will please the cheese-lovers in your clan, and festive spring dishes with mint, leeks, lamb, apricots, and new potatoes will tempt just about everyone on your guest list. To brighten things up, add berries to your waffle batter and top with chocolate sauce to satisfy the biggest sweet tooths (and likely anyone under the age of 100!). With family and friends close by, the tastes of spring are also close at hand.
Try these recipes for an unforgettable Easter celebration with the ones who mean the most to you.
Ham, Egg and Asparagus Bake
1 1/2 cups cooked ham, chopped
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1/4 cup red bell peppers, chopped
1 10-oz. pkg. frozen cut asparagus, thawed
2 cups milk
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3/4 teaspoon dried tarragon
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9×13 inch baking dish. Mix ham, onion, red bell peppers, and asparagus in the prepared baking dish. In a large bowl, beat together eggs, milk, flour, Parmesan, tarragon, salt, and pepper. Pour over ham mixture. Bake 20 minutes in preheated oven or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Continue baking 3 to 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Let stand 5 to 10 minutes before serving.