Easter Breakfast Buffet

Welcome guests on Easter morning with this leisurely make-ahead menu. Festive champagne flutes filled with fruit juice and a quick-to-fix casserole spooned into colorful ramekins add the finishing touches. Lightly spiced with the rich, moist flavor of carrot cake, Morning Glory Muffins are the perfect match for softened cream cheese and pear preserves. (Serves 8 to 10)

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1. Equally delicious warm or cold, this Brown Sugar-Bourbon Baked Ham is the ultimate make-ahead main dish. Basting may seem like a chore, but it delivers big flavor and a beautiful glaze with little effort.

2. Morning Glory Muffins can be baked up to a month ahead and frozen in a zip-top plastic freezer bag. Remove from bag and let thaw at room temperature.

3. Prepare Baked Grits and Greens through Step 2 up to a day ahead; cover and chill. Remove from the refrigerator, add the buttered croutons, and let stand 30 minutes before baking.

4. Pink and White Grapefruit Salad Peel and slice the grapefruit up to a day ahead; cover and chill in an airtight container.

Southern Living, March 2009