Are you hosting a gathering on Easter Sunday? With so many options for delicious dishes and refreshing spring drinks and desserts, menu planning can be a little overwhelming this time of year! Easter is springing up quickly, and to help you get ready for the day’s festivities, we thought we’d come up with a two-part series on Easter entertaining, starting with appetizers and moving on to main course and desserts in Part 2. Beginning with appetizers and champagne pairings, GiftTree has a lot of yummy ideas to help make your Easter get-together one that will be sipped and savored with smiles all around.
Easter Entertaining Part 1: Appetizers & Champagne Pairings
Easter Appetizer #1: Smoked Salmon Mousse, courtesy of the food blog A Beautiful Mess. This mousse is creamy, salty, herby and oh-so-delicious. Pipe it over cold cucumber slices ortoast points and garnish with a sprig of fresh dill. If you don’t have a food processor, another delicious option is to mix the softened cream cheese with the fresh dill, spread it over a big sheet of lavash or some type of flatbread, top with salmon, roll it up and slice into pretty pinwheels. Either way you pipe it, the smoked salmon-fresh dill-cream cheese combination is absolutely ideal for sunny spring gatherings.
Perfect Champagne Pairing: Moët & Chandon Imperial. This iconic Champagne boasts soft white-fruit aromas of peaches and pears and a finish of fresh walnut. The smooth, juicy mid-palate segues to a clean, crisp finish ideal for sipping on a warm spring day.
Easter Appetizer #2: Creamy Deviled Eggs. No Easter celebration is complete without this springtime soiree standard, so why not look to the matriarch of entertaining herself, one Ms. Martha Stewart for the how-to? Her classic recipe may be predictable, sure, but this crowd-pleasing and irresistible appetizer is simple to make, virtually error-proof, and sure to keep everyone coming back for more. For a little more color, sprinkle the finished product with finely minced chives, fresh dill or parsley.
Perfect Champagne Pairing: Vintage Krug Brut Champagne. Deep and complex, rich and luxurious. Rated 96 Points by Wine & Spirits, the 2000 Krug Brut Champagne is an expressive combination of citrus, hazelnut, caramel and nougat, perfect for pairing with creamy deviled eggs!
Easter Appetizer #3: Add some color to your tablescape with a sweet and pretty Fruit Pizza like the one on Sally’s Baking Addiction. A sugar cookie crust (you can use a Pillsbury ready-made dough to simplify!) is topped with a soft sweet cream cheese frosting, then decorated with sweet slices of juicy, colorful fruit such as strawberries, kiwi, mandarin oranges and pretty pineapple. This mouthwatering treat promises to delight every guest, from child to grown up!
Perfect Champagne Pairing: Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label Champagne. Hints of brioche and biscuit accent lightly honeyed flavors of quince, apple blossom and peach in this fresh and balanced Champagne. These soft flavors are a perfect match for fruit pizza’s juicy flavors.
Stay Tuned for Easter Entertaining Part 2: Main Course and Desserts!
What are your favorite Easter Sunday appetizers?