|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.