Easter Sunday was a wonderful day. The weather was perfect, the food was plenty and the company was excellent. We spent a relaxing afternoon with Frank’s dad’s side of the family and it was great to introduce my parents to some of the aunt’s and uncle’s they hadn’t met yet!
Frank’s mom cooked up an Easter feast that left everyone feeling completely full and completely satisfied. We enjoyed six different types of quiche, bacon, maple sausage, glazed ham, home fries, baked beans, chicken, fruit salad, 24-hour salad and more! Frank also made a delicious, healthy, and SIMPLE deviled eggs recipe which will be coming to the blog soon. The spread was absolutely delicious and for beverages we enjoyed mimosas, bloody mary’s, a variety of cocktails, and lots of wine. Ah yes, I told you it would be a weekend of indulgence!
My mom, Frank and I planned on contributing two dishes to Easter brunch: Smoked salmon and no-bake veggie pizza. Photo below is from the night before, the three of us (dad and Frank’s parents were across from us) at the Dueling Piano’s!
Smoked Salmon Appetizer
Smoked salmon is a go-to appetizer or breakfast for Frank and I. For breakfast, we’ll enjoy it with some cream cheese on a whole wheat english muffin and some sliced cucumbers, simply delicious! Since we served it up as an appetizer, we used crackers as our base.
1 8 oz. package of Smoked Salmon
1 box of melba toast bagel bites (Sea salt or Whole grain)
1 container of whipped Philadelphia cream cheese
3 tbsp. chopped chives
Roughly 1/2 of a small jar of capers
1. Mix the cream cheese with the chopped chives
2. Slice the smoked salmon into bite size pieces
3. Spread a 1/2 tbsp of cream cheese/chive mixture onto the cracker
4. Top with a slice of smoked salmon and 3 or 4 capers
This is the perfect bite size appetizer that’s fresh and delicious!
No-Bake Veggie Pizza
This pizza recipe is from my mom. When I was a kid growing up, I would always ask if she could make veggie pizza when we had company over. In elementary school, each student was tasked with bringing one recipe to class so that our teacher’s could put together a school cookbook! Guess which recipe I chose?! This veggie pizza is light and refreshing, and very simple since there’s no baking process and you can buy the pre-cooked pizza crust at your local grocery store. The recipe is straight from my mom herself!!
1 large package of light cream cheese
1 cup of light mayo, miracle whip OR plain greek yogurt (This weekend, we actually combined light mayo and greek yogurt-1/2 cup each)
1 package of Knorr Vegetable or Herb Soup Mix
1 prepared pizza bread
1/2 cup broccoli
1/2 cup cauliflower
1/2 cup red onion
1/2 cup grated carrot
1/2 cup yellow and orange pepper (My mom notes: The flavor of green pepper is strong for the pizza)
Additional notes from mom:
**Hard veggies are best, soft veggies contain too much water and will make the pizza soggy.
**You could add finely chopped parsley for added flavor.
1. Cream ingredients together and spread over pizza bread.
2. Top with finely chopped veggies
3. Lightly press the veggies down so they stick to the spread
4. Cut into squares and serve fresh!
A bright and colorful pizza. Enjoy!