When I was growing up, my family’s Easter traditions involved searching for hidden Easter eggs, opening our Easter baskets and then flying kites in the field in front of my grandma’s house. As we became too old for Easter egg hunts, a new tradition developed in which we would get dressed up and go to all-you-can-eat brunches. Now brunch may be a weekly occurrence to a New Yorker, but growing up in Illinois it was a special occasion, made even more wonderful by the fact that whatever food we had given up for lent we were now allowed to eat, in copious amounts.
Even though I’ve now moved away, my family in Illinois continues this brunch tradition, and spends the weeks leading up to Easter telling me where they’ll be eating and bragging about how good the food will be. This makes me incredibly jealous, so much so that this year I decided to make my own Easter brunch, well ahead of Easter, so I could take pictures of the food and send it to my family to make them jealous. You know, just like Jesus would do.
I decided to make Smoked Salmon and Egg Avocados because they’re easy, delicious and look pretty. And if you’d like to make them for your Easter brunch, for every two people you’ll need:
4 oz smoked salmon
Salt & pepper
Preheat your oven to 425°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Then half the avocados and scoop out some of the inside to make boats.
Then cut pieces of the smoked salmon to fit inside the avocados.
For this next part you want to make sure the avocados are perfectly level, so I used rolled up tin foil to keep them exactly where I wanted them.
Crack your eggs into a bowl, and scoop the yolk into each avocado. Then add as much of the egg whites as you can until the boats are full.
Sprinkle salt and pepper over each avocado and bake for about 20-25 minutes until the eggs are done.
Then serve them warm with a sprinkle of chili power and a sprig or two of dill.
And in the spirit of brunches, I’ve just booked a flight to visit my family on Easter. Can’t wait for that food!
Happy (almost) Easter!