How to Pull Off a Festive Easter for Two People
This year, Easter is going to look and feel a little bit different. With large family gatherings off limits, you will most likely wind up spending the holiday with the same small group of people (or person) you've been staring at for the past several weeks. But just because you can't carry on with your regular routine, doesn't mean you have to skip it entirely. Here are our favorite ideas for a brunch, dinner and drinks. We've rounded up a few of our favorite Easter recipes that can work for two, be scaled down or repurposed into leftovers you'll be happy to have on hand plus tips on how to make your Easter fun and festive.
Yes, you can pull off a brunch just for two! Here's how:
This Ham and Cheese Quiche with Cauliflower Crust may serve six, but quiche makes great leftovers and it's very forgiving. Don't have smoked Gouda cheese like the recipe calls for? No worries. Any cheese you have on hand will work well. Don't want to make a special trip to the store just for red onion? Don't. Any sweet onion will work. And if two people can't plow through six servings, quiche makes great leftovers. It can be microwaved or reheated gently in a warm oven.
Same rules apply for the Muffin Tin Spinach & Mushroom Mini-Quiches pictured above. As long as the measurements are kept the same, any vegetable and cheese combo will do! (Read How to Substitute Almost Any Ingredient.)
Can't live without ham on Easter? You're in luck. While this Marmalade Horseradish Rosemary Glazed Ham recipe serves 20, ham makes great leftovers that can withstand freezing, thawing, refreezing and a decent amount of time languishing in the fridge without skipping a beat. Just slice up or chop what you don't use and freeze the rest in smaller portions. You can use leftover ham in soups, salads sandwiches and more.
If leftovers aren't your thing, this Goat Cheese & Fresh Herb Omelet serves two and uses easy-to-find ingredients yet feels and tastes like spring. And if time is not on your side, this recipe takes 20 minutes from start to finish. (Did you know you can freeze eggs? You can!)
Some of Easters iconic dishes (think scalloped potatoes) are designed for a crowd, but not for two. Leftovers are okay, but often not great, plus refrigerator space can come at a premium. So if you're craving something cheesy, this Easy Cheese Sauce is great draped over roasted vegetables making it a great stand in for scalloped potatoes or other cheesy casseroles. While it serves a lot, it keeps in the fridge for 5 days and is also delicious on pasta and enchiladas.
Recipes like this Garlic Parmesan Aparagus (pictured above) are perfect of Easter and can easily be scaled down to feed fewer people.
Same goes for these Roasted Fingerling Potatoes and Balsamic Roasted Carrots. Both are easy, festive sides perfect for Easter that complement just about everything. Just note that if you're cutting a recipe in half, be sure to keep on eye on the oven. Because there is less volume than what the recipe calls for, the cooking times could be shorter.
Brunch Beverages and Sweets
Mimosas are great for a crowd, but are hard for two. Re-corking a bottle of champagne is tough and we can't totally promote opening a bottle of champagne just for two people (but we won't judge if you do!) So instead of a mimosa, try this Festive Brunch Mezcal Cocktail (pictured above), this easy Raspberry Spritzer or this Bloody Mary with Shrimp. Quick breads like this Blueberry-Lemon Ricotta Pound Cake and these Carrot Cake Muffins are good dessert choices because they can be made ahead and frozen for enjoyment later. (Milk that's been frozen is perfect for baking. Here's How to Freeze Milk for using later.)
Easter Dinner Mains
Rather do an Easter dinner than brunch? You can still pull off an awesome dinner so long as you're clever, especially with the leftovers. This Grilled Herb & Fennel Pork Loin may serve 10, but if you slice and dice up the leftovers, you can use them in sandwiches, soups and even hash in the days to come. Lamb chops are another great option if you're serving two. And if you just want to keep it simple this Salmon & Spring Vegetables with Dill serves two and while not traditional, honors the seasons fresh, bright flavors.
Fewer people does not mean less quality! Get out your decorations, your good china and any flowers that you can (legally!) pick on your own to spruce up your table and have a happy Easter, just the two of you.