Friday, April 22, 2011

Friday Favorites: Five Favorite Recipes with Asparagus for Easter Brunch or Lunch (plus more Easter Ideas)

This Roasted Asparagus Wrapped in Ham is perfect for Easter Brunch


I was on the phone with my sister Val talking about Easter foods, and eggs, ham, asparagus, and strawberries were the things we both mentioned as being "must haves" for Easter.  I like all the things on that list, but for me asparagus is one of the foods that define this time of year more than any other.  Val is cooking Easter lunch for her family, but I'm actually going out of town for Easter.  Before I leave I thought I'd share five of my favorite asparagus recipes that I think would be perfect for Easter brunch or lunch.  I hope everyone who celebrates will have a lovely Easter holiday!

If you made me pick just one asparagus recipe that makes me think of Easter I guess it would be the Roasted Asparagus Wrapped in Ham that I made last spring for a party for my friends.  This would be popular on an Easter buffet, and you could wrap the asparagus spears the night before and keep them in ziploc bags in the fridge until you were ready to cook them.  If you only try one new recipe this Easter, this should be the one!

I love frittatas any time of day, and if you're having brunch on Easter this Asparagus and Tomato Frittata with Havarti and Dill would be a lovely main dish.  (You could make two of these at once if you're having a larger crowd.)

If your Easter meal is more of a lunch, I highly recommend this Farro Salad with Asparagus, Red Bell Pepper, and Sun-Dried Tomato Vinaigrette.  You could substitute barley if you can't find farro, or use brown rice instead for a gluten-free option.  I'm crazy about this salad, which has so many of my favorite flavors.

Fresh mozzarella is something I rarely buy in the winter, but I love to think of ways to use it in the spring and summer.  Last year I created this recipe for Asparagus and Fresh Mozzarella Frittata with Parmesan and Chives, and it would be another perfect option for an Easter brunch.  Even in Utah (where it hasn't gotten very warm yet) the chives are up in the garden, and they really make this recipe.

Finally, if you're having a more formal Easter luncheon for a small group this recipe for Pan-Fried Asparagus Tips with Lemon Juice and Lemon Zest is one of my favorite ways to cook asparagus as a side dish.  It cooks quickly at the last minute, and you can use the asparagus tips for this and save the stalks for the salad or one of the frittatas above.

More Easter Menu Ideas from the Easter Recipes:
Breakfast Casserole with Asparagus, Mushrooms, and Goat Cheese
Mushroom and Feta Breakfast Casserole
Breakfast Casserole with Sweet Italian Sausage, Mushrooms, and Cheese
Tuscan Baked Eggs with Tomatoes, Red Onion, Garlic, Parmesan, and Herbs
Karyn's Breakfast Casserole with Artichokes, Goat Cheese, and Canadian Bacon
Garden Veggie Frittata with Chives and Parmesan
Herb Encrusted Grilled Salmon  

Ideas for Hard-Boiled Eggs from the  Easter Recipes:
How to make Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs and Recipes Using Hard-Boiled Eggs
Shrimp-Wasbi Deviled Eggs and a Collection of Deviled Egg Recipes
Sriracha Deviled Eggs plus Ten More Interesting Ideas for Deviled Eggs
Egg Salad and Cheese Quesadillas for Leftover Hard-Boiled Eggs
Curried Stuffed Eggs
Chipotle-Lime Deviled Egg
Tarragon-Mustard Deviled Eggs

I'll be back on Monday to celebrate something I can hardly believe on the blog.  Meanwhile, if you have anything interesting on the menu for Easter, I'd love to hear about it in the comments.   
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15 comments:

Nisrine Merzouki said...

I'm not a huge fan of asparagus but that tortilla looks GOOD. You've certainly done wonders with it.

Happy Easter weekend, Kalyn!

Kalyn said...

Thanks Nisrine, and Happy Easter to you too!

JMM said...

Kalyn! My husband and I have been visiting your site for a couple of months now, and just wanted to say that we love you! This whole new way of eating would have been crazy, bland, and a bit overwhelming if it weren't for you!
We tried quite a lot of your recipes, and we've loved each and every one of them. You've become a part of our shopping routine. "What should we get at the store? Hmm, let's check Kalyn's." Thanks and much appreciation for making the transition so much easier, and tastier, for our family!

chasingjoy said...

I absolutely MUST make that tomato and asparagus frittata. That looks amazing! I absolutely love asparagus. I can't find the link to the recipe though. Help. ;)

chasingjoy said...

LOL, You absolutely spoil us with putting links to everything. I forgot that you have a search box on the top that works great too. Found the frittata. ;)

Mandy said...

Another fantastic recipe round up Kalyn. The asparagus wrapped in ham is my favorite - my husband would FLIP over those!

Kalyn said...

JMM, thanks so much for that very kind feedback. I'm always so happy to hear that my blog is helping people to eat healthful foods!

Chasing Joy, oh my, I must have really been asleep at the wheel when I wrote this. Thanks for remembering about the search bar, and I've added the missing links.

Mandy, hope you guys enjoy it! It was a big hit with my friends.

gfe--gluten free easily said...

All look terrific, Kalyn! I just picked up some beautiful asparagus yesterday. :-) Not sure I'll make it for Easter tomorrow as most of the attendees are not fans, but hubby and I will certainly enjoy it ... probably tonight for dinner. Pan-Fried Asparagus certainly sounds wonderful! Thanks for all the great links. I always discover recipes that are new to me when you share them. ;-)

Shirley

Kalyn said...

Shirley, thanks! Glad you enjoy seeing the recipes. And I'm sorry to say that my family has a few people who are not fans of asparagus as well. I just don't understand it, but more for us, right?

A Busy Nest said...

I love asparagus and this looks pretty!

Jeanette said...

I love asparagus, and these all look so good! Happy Easter Kalyn!

Chung-Ah Rhee said...

I just made bacon-wrapped asparagus the other night but I will definitely give this a try. I've also been wanted to try prosciutto-wrapped asparagus. Or maybe even pancetta!

Jann said...

I never can get enough asparagus! Looks delicious!

Maris (In Good Taste) said...

As always, I leave your blog hungry!Everything looks so delicious. Hope you are having a Happy Easter!

SallyBR said...

Indeed... there's NO such thing as too many asparagus recipes... my favorite veggie, and I indulge as much as possible this time of the year!

Happy Easter to you, Kalyn!

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