Ah, it looks like spring is finally here! If you’re gearing up to throw an Easter or Mother’s Day brunch, I’ve got a few recipes just for you. From a traditional Italian dessert to my personal spin on a few classics, these are sure to please even the most discerning palette.
For Breakfast or Brunch: Start the day with my Italian twist on Eggs Benedict, which uses a pecorino scone in place of an English muffin, grilled mortadella in place of Canadian bacon, and a tangy Zabaglione sauce instead of Hollandaise.
For Breakfast or Brunch: Another option that’s great for brunch is this savory Parmesan Sformato served over grilled asparagus. Sformato is light and fluffy- similar to a soufflé, but with less risk of collapsing.
For Brunch or The Main Course: Pizza rustica is a quiche-like pie and it’s what I want to eat all day every day for the rest of my life. It’s cheesy, creamy, and meaty all wrapped up in a delicious sweet crust.
For The Main Course: Ricotta gnocchi– known as gnudi- with a creamy mushroom fonduta. Typically, this dish is made with caciocavallo cheese, but feel free to substitute a nice provolone. Gnudi are soft pillows of cheese- much lighter and delicate than traditional potato gnocchi.Once you get the hang of this dish, it will become second nature to prepare.
Dessert for Adults: On Easter, my family and I always end with something sweet: Pastiera! It’s the sweet version of pizza rustica- a ricotta pie with citruses and creamy wheat-berries. Everyone from Naples knows about this Easter tradition!
Dessert for Kids: Cupcakes are the new cupcakes, so let’s stick with a crowd-pleaser. Here is THE BEST recipe for home-made vanilla cupcakes with the most adorable decoration that you can do with the kids: little spring birds nests!