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Floridian Spring Brunch

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10 Apr

Floridian Spring Brunch

 

Spring is finally here. Some of us enjoyed watching a baseball game during Spring Training, our pools are warming up enough to take a dip, and it’s still enjoyable to go to an Orlando City Soccer game before it gets too hot (although, we all still go!). Whether you’re hosting a spring fling or an Easter brunch, spring is the perfect season to host a casual party. Guests will want to mingle with easy to eat food in one hand and a cocktail in the other. The following recipes will keep your guests satisfied and not confined to the dinner table.

 

Swe-heat Shrimp Skewers

This dish by Vinnie will have your guests coming to all your parties from here on out. The perfect appetizer for your guests to grab and enjoy inside or outside. Get your hands on wild caught gulf shrimp, fresh Florida oranges & papaya to make these skewers. Bonus, you can prep them ahead of time and grill them once your guests have arrived.

Get the recipe here.

 

Whipped Goat Cheese Bruschetta w/ Fresh Berries

Photo: realhousemoms.com

With fresh berries in season you’ll want to add some of Florida’s seasonal best to your menu. Take time to pick them yourself from a local U-Pick Farm or one of the Farmers Markets around town. Don’t forget to pick up some local honey while you’re out shopping to give this dish the perfect Florida finish.

Get the recipe here.

 

Potato Pancakes with Salmon and Creme Fraiche

Photo: Ubancookery.com

I can’t host a brunch or go to a brunch and not have smoked salmon, or at least not see it on the menu. Pair your favorite smoked salmon with potato cakes and creme fraiche and you’ve got a winner. If you’re not wanting to put out forks and knives at your party you can make the potato cakes bite sized and voila, finger food.

Get the recipe here.

 

Honeyed Ricotta and Asparagus Bundles

Photo: wholefoodbellies.com

Asparagus, pancetta, and ricotta, yes please! This recipe is light, fluffy, and permeates spring. Florida Asparagus is in season in April so be sure to pick some up at a local farm or farmers market!

Get the recipe here.

 

Carrot Cake Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Photo: twosisterscrafting.com

Did you know carrots are also in season in April? Make these delicious carrot cake cookies with fresh local Florida carrots.

Get the recipe here.

 

Fresh Blueberry Ice Cream

Photo: yourhomebasedmom.com

With a wide range of Florida blueberries being in season, you can pick you favorite blueberry variety and make homemade ice cream. YUM! Pick your own blueberries from 10 different varieties at Southern Hill Farms in Clermont.

Get the recipe here.

 

Cocktails

Complete your brunch with a spring time cocktail or two. 😉

 

White Sangria with Pineapple, Mango, and Basil

Photo: chilipeppermadness.com

Grab some fresh South Florida Mangos for this cocktail! Mangos and white wine has me dreaming of lounging beach side. Keep it local and pick up a nice white wine at Quantum Leap Winery in Winter Park.

Get the recipe here.

 

Refreshing Raspberry Chambord Gin Fizz

Photo: boulderlocavore.com

Light, refreshing, and super easy to make! Try this recipe using New World Gin by St. Augustine Distillery Company.

Get the recipe here.

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You’ll have a full day picking up local ingredients to make the above dishes and cocktails, however, the first bite and sip will make it all worth it and your local businesses and farmers thank you.

Are you throwing a Florida spring brunch party? Did you add any of theses recipes to your menu? Let us know in the comments below.

Sarah Olivieri

Sarah is a Co-Owner of Treehouse Truck. She is intending to support local businesses throughout Florida through the blog by posting recipes with local ingredients, favorite places to visit around town, and much more.

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