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Southern Hot Cross Buns


10 recipes to create an unforgettable Easter brunch spread

Here at Southern Kitchen, we’re all about living our best brunch life. (Seriously — we even built a brunch board!) And what better time to celebrate your favorite brunch dishes than on Easter Sunday?

Check out some of our favorite brunch recipes below.

Southern Hot Cross Buns
Add in some Southern sweetness with this twist on traditional hot cross buns. A splash of bourbon gives the dough a deep, sweet flavor that tastes even better when baked in a good hand-forged roasting pan.
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Buttermilk Pancakes
This is a great all-purpose pancake recipe. You can customize it to your liking by adding fruit or nuts to the batter either before or during the cooking process — just be sure not to overwork the batter so that you keep your pancakes light and fluffy. 
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Anne Byrn's Make-Ahead Breakfast Strata
Fair warning: This meal does require a bit of prep the day before, but all you need to do the morning of is pop this dish in the oven to get nice and toasty. The results of your make-ahead planning — a gooey and golden combination of cheese, egg, ham, and vegetables — will make your future self all the more grateful.
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Citrus and Fennel Salad
This refreshing salad will add a bit of brightness to your brunch table with crunchy shaved fennel and tart-sweet citrus. If you have guests who are heat-adverse, stop slicing the jalapeño before you reach the seeds or more fiery part of the membrane of the chile, or just omit the pepper altogether.
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Buttermilk Waffles
A cast iron waffle iron will make the difference between good and great waffles by giving them a crisp exterior with a soft interior. Try topping your crispy waffles with some fresh fruit or honey-fermented blueberries
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Asparagus with Crispy Poached Eggs and Warm Bacon Vinaigrette
A warm bacon vinaigrette perfectly contrasts the rich egg yolk and tender-crisp asparagus in this elevated brunch offering. This recipe may involve a little more timing and planning than others, but the results — from the perfectly blanched asparagus to the golden poached eggs — are so worth it.
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Country Ham Quiche
Nothing says brunch better than a homemade quiche — throw in some sweet and savory country ham and you’ve got a thoroughly Southern meal fit for any spread. We’re all about the fillings in this recipe, so don’t fret about making a crust from scratch. Frozen will work just fine. 
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Sausage Sawmill Gravy for Biscuits
When it comes to biscuits and gravy, what takes a dish from good to unforgettable is that sauce — and our sausage gravy does just that. We’ve upped the gravy ante by making a few key ingredient choices, like using half and half instead of traditional milk, so we can get the most bang for our buck. We recommend spooning this over some homemade biscuits.
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Country Ham and Broccoli Frittata
Not quite a quiche and less mess than an omelet, this one-pan wonder is super customizable — use any leftover protein and veggies you might have already on hand to create a no-fuss, satisfying brunch main. Try some crumbled, pre-cooked bacon paired with peppers, or red onions, tomatoes and broccoli for a loaded veggie version.  
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“Pissed Off” Potatoes
These "pissed" potatoes, a play on the Spanish dish patatas bravas, are the perfect crisp, hearty side dish to some quick scrambled eggs or as a satisfying meal all their own. Tossed in an addicitive spicy tomato and mayonnaise sauce, we recommend doubling up on the sauce recipe to use on just about anything — smeared onto your next grilled cheese or as a dip for some grilled chicken — for a creamy kick of heat. 
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Photo credit (Anne Byrn's Make-Ahead Breakfast Strata): Danielle Atkins 
Photo credit (Citrus and Fennel Salad, Buttermilk Waffles, Asparagus with Crispy Poached Eggs and Warm Bacon Vinaigrette, Sausage Sawmill Gravy for Biscuits, Country Ham and Broccoli Frittata, “Pissed Off” Potatoes): Ramona King

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Dena Rayess is a recipe editor and cookbook author based in San Francisco. She enjoys exploring new foodways in and around the Bay Area and beyond, and has been known to whip up a mean house cocktail at dinner parties.

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