So, what do cattle ranchers eat for Easter Sunday dinner? This year, we are having a ham (collective gasp). For real. Because we are just like everybody else. Just to add a little awe to that shock, we even eat turkey on Thanksgiving. And while we love, love to put a beautiful, perfectly cooked, pepper and herb-crusted beef roast right down in the center of that table, sometimes for holidays we switch it up a bit because beef steaks and roasts are such a regular staple.
We expect to see a lot of family here at the ranch on Sunday for supper, but there’s more to it. We start the day with a local tradition. Our neighbor-ranchers host an Easter Sunday sunrise service each year, rain or shine at the three crosses erected on their bluff looking down on the canyon where we live. There is coffee and fresh donuts fried in a cast iron pot hanging over a wood flame, hay bale seating, and the message delivered by a cowboy preacher. We dress for the weather, usually in layers, not so much in Sunday’s finest. It’s such a fantastic day and the perfect setting to reflect on all of our blessings and where they come from.
As you might expect, brunch logically follows. I’m a savory brunch person. I’m sure Rancher would appreciate more syrup-soaked waffles, french toasts, crepes, and pancakes worked into the mix on this, but my contention is that I am already sweet enough, so we will have meat, egg, vegetable and cheese laden brunches. Don’t pity him, he knew this before he proposed. You’d think that because my favorite breakfast with beef recipe even kind of mocks a sweet breakfast favorite, there would be problems, but he really, really loves it.
I’m seven months pregnant and an enthusiastic eater at this point in the game. But I’m also a bit indecisive when it comes to just what I want to make and eat, so it’s going to be a game-time decision between these beefy brunch recipes. Good news is, all or the beef portion can be made up the night before for quick prep when we get home that morning:
Beefy Sweet Potato Hash (using leftover steak)
After that, there could be a colored egg hunting first for RB, but given his 21 month old attention span, I doubt we’ll spend much time on it. Might need to go check on cows and water, then eat supper. It just occurred to me I’m thankful in advance that these recipe choices each require one or two pans and dishes at the most, which means less dish washing and more potential nap-taking. That will of course be dictated by RB as well. Happy Easter everyone, enjoy your food, family and friends this weekend!