30 Perfect Mother's Day Brunch Recipes
What's the grown-up version of a handmade card? A homecooked meal. Start your mom's day right this year with our best Mother's Day brunch recipes ever. Note: These dishes are best served with a mimosa (or six).
One-Skillet Mother's Day Brunch
Mom… she’s given you everything and then some, so return the favor this Mother’s Day with this single-skillet breakfast feast that covers everything she might be craving. Obviously, we start with a generous serving of bacon… and then create a rich, tangy-sweet cream cheese and strawberry-stuffed French toast stack—cooked to golden-crisp perfection in the salty, savory bacon drippings. Serve this French-toasted sandwich with the bacon (as well as a bacon-flavored maple syrup) and your choice of fresh fruit for an utterly indulgent start for mom’s special day.
Brighten Brunch With a Golden Beet Bloody Mary
Brighten your brunch-time beverage with a Bloody that delivers on all fronts: brisk and bold with the perfect dose of briny tang. Not to mention its nutritional boost: Tomatoes and beets are excellent sources of potassium, which helps regulate the body’s fluid balance and keep blood pressure in check. Roasting beets amplifies their sweet, earthy flavor, adding extra depth to our homemade mix (and saving you 200mg sodium over most bottled mixes). We’ll cheers to that!
This Bourbon-Champagne Cocktail Is the Perfect Brunch Drink
Crisp and bright and boozy, but not too boozy. Acidic enough to cut through heavy brunch food, bitter enough to kick a hangover.
The Fanciest 10-Minute Brunch Ever
Did you know you’re always 10 minutes away from a fancy brunch? And no, I’m not talking about walking down the street to your local breakfast spot. If you have a bunch of asparagus, butter, eggs, and miso paste, you’re well on your way to a super-nice—yet wildly simple—meal. Only thing left to do is invite some people over.
10-Minute Asparagus Brunch for Fancypants People
Knowing how much asparagus loves cheesy, salty, funky, richness (think asparagus in quiches or eggs Benedict or with sauce gribiche or eggs mimosa or roasted with Parmesan.) I emerged with a tub of miso and the butter dish. Mashed together and tossed with the hot asparagus, the miso butter makes a salty, savory sauce, and it really is just the thing for the very green, very demure on its own asparagus.
Make-Ahead Breakfast Enchiladas for Your Sunday Brunch Party
A home cook’s definition of misery: inviting friends over for breakfast and hectically running around the kitchen while everyone else mingles and knocks back mimosas. With this recipe, you can entertain with ease.
Master This Frittata Formula Before Your Next Brunch Party
Frittatas are one of the smartest edible inventions of all time. They can be eaten without fuss or reservation at any time of day. They are tasty hot, cold, or at room temperature. Sliced just so, they can be fashioned into a sandwich, or cut into bite-sized pieces and passed off as an hors d’oeuvre.
Asparagus-and-Goat Cheese Quiche
A fluted tart pan makes this store-bought crust extra special. You can prepare the quiche, which is great served for dinner or a brunch, up to two days in advance. Store it, covered, in the refrigerator. Let it come to room temperature before serving. Medium-size asparagus spears (not too thick or thin) work best in the quiche filling.
Leek-and-Mushroom Grits Frittata
Easy Vegetable-Ham Frittata
When it’s too hot outside to turn on your oven, your slow cooker is a lifesaver. Microwave leftovers about a minute, checking after 30 seconds.
Ham-and-Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole
Frittata + Rice Casserole = Breakfast Paella
Matt Holmes, executive chef at Chicago’s Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!, designed a menu that highlights the traditional flavors of Spain. Over the weekend, he serves breakfast paella, a mashup between a frittata and rice casserole. It’s inspired by arroz con costra, a classic Spanish breakfast hailing from the southeastern city Murcia. Eggs are poured over the rice and baked to form a delightful crust with a pillowy bite. Breakfast paella is truly a hearty, satisfying dish that's made for sharing and a magnet for praise from anyone who’s lucky enough to get a bite. Visit your local butcher for top-notch Spanish sausages or visit latienda.com to order authentic ingredients.
The key to paella success? Have patience and don’t fuss with the pan too much—it doesn’t need shaking and the food doesn't need stirring. The beauty about Spanish rice dishes is that they really don't require much work. Once all the ingredients are in the pan, you only need to stir it a little to make sure everything is thoroughly mixed. Once the stock comes to a boil, you should only turn the heat down and let it simmer until the rice is cooked. “Paella is not risotto so just sit back and relax and let it do its thing!” says Holmes.
Smoked Salmon Breakfast Casserole
When you're looking for a breakfast that is both elegant and easy this holiday season, our crowd-pleasing casserole is just the ticket. This multilayered marvel is loaded with crispy potatoes, hot-smoked salmon, and a smattering of fresh herbs. Cottage cheese naturally melds into the eggs, creating pillowy lightness throughout the mixture, while goat cheese creates dense pockets of creaminess. Hot-smoked salmon, unlike cured, is fully cooked—look for it in the fish case or packaged in the meat aisle of your grocery store. Our recipe hits all the marks for a hearty one-dish meal, with 25% fewer calories, 7g less saturated fat, and over 600mg less sodium than traditional meat-and-cheese breakfast casseroles. Use a well-seasoned cast-iron skillet for best results.
Cheesy Shrimp and Grits
This quick and easy shrimp and grits recipe will wow your family as a weeknight meal or impress guests at a dinner party. The vein of the shrimp runs along the back of the shrimp, just below the surface, and is actually the digestive tract. It won't cause you harm to eat, but can taste gritty (and you definitely don't want that), so it's best to remove it. To see how to do so, click here.
Mini Cheese Grits Casseroles
This make-ahead recipe is ideal for a brunch or holiday breakfast. Prepare the grits the night prior to serving, and then bake the casseroles before everyone arrives. Ramekins in pastel hues help dress up this recipe for your Easter table. Plus, the single-serving portions feel more formal than a regular casserole dish. If you don’t have 8-ounce ramekins, our recipe can be made in a 2-quart baking dish (increase the baking time to about 50 to 55 minutes). The key to creamy, lump-free grits is to stir or whisk the grits while you are slowly pouring them into the water. Stir occasionally until the grits are tender. Make sure the pot of grits does not start popping or bubbling, and reduce heat to low
Fresh Corn and Chèvre Grits
Fresh corn, creamy goat cheese, and chopped chives make these grits the perfect side dish for any meal. The corn plays up that natural stone-ground taste of the buttermilk grits, and the fresh French feel of goat cheese and chives elevates it to the next level.
Sweet-and-Spicy Sheet Pan Bacon
If you have never baked bacon in the oven, then you are in for a treat. You get all the taste without the mess.
Summer Squash, Bacon, and Mozzarella Quiche
Fill this homemade pie crust with a mixture of summer squash, bacon and creamy mozzarella. It is hard to believe this decadent quiche recipe has less than 300 calories.
Copycat Waffle House Hash Browns
Enjoy your favorite breakfast spuds—scattered, smothered, covered, and chunked—in the comfort of your own kitchen with our copycat version of Waffle House's iconic hash browns.
Grilled Ham and Cheese Waffle Sandwiches
Can't choose between breakfast and lunch? These unconventional sandwiches are the best of both worlds.
French Toasted Waffles
Two breakfast favorites merge for one epically crispy and delicious, maple syrup covered masterpiece.
Chicken and Waffles Are the Best Clucking Breakfast Ever
No one’s quite sure where the tradition of pairing fried chicken and crispy waffles first originated (some believe it was at Roscoe’s in Los Angeles). Chef Kyle Bailey from DC’s Birch & Barley shared his version, one of the stars of a brunch menu that draws crowds—and long lines—every weekend.
Make Chocolate-Dipped Fruit for Mom This Mother's Day
Chocolate-dipped fruit takes as much cooking prowess as smearing peanut butter on an apple, yet the finished product—complete with a shower of sea salt and roasted peanuts—looks damn near elegant.
Egg in a Waffle Hole Is What Breakfast Dreams Are Made Of
Will we ever tire of egg-in-a-hole foods? No. No, we won't. And why would we—the egg-in-a-hole allows us to to mashup our favorite breakfast food (runny yolk, of course) inside anything that could possibly complement a fried egg.
The World's Crispiest Hash Browns Come from a Waffle Iron
For hash browns that are crisp on the outside and buttery on the inside, look no further than your multifaceted waffle iron. These iconic breakfast spuds are similar to latkes, but we’ve streamlined the process to make them fail-proof.
Jackie Kennedy Had a Really Great Waffle Recipe
Allegedly, First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy made really good waffles. I say “allegedly” not because the waffles attributed to her in various cookbooks aren’t objectively good; they’re actually wonderfully airy and crisp, thanks to an innovative technique involving whipped egg whites and baking powder.
Pancake Bake with Cinnamon Streusel
Don’t even think about spending Christmas morning flipping pancakes. Instead, turn them into a bread pudding-like casserole. Prepare the recipe at least eight hours ahead so the pancakes absorb the egg-and cream-mixture.
Mini Mimosa Muffins
Nothing says you’ve started off the weekend strong like a mimosa. However, for those who aren’t quite ready to get tipsy at 10 am, allow us to offer a compromise in the form of a mimosa muffin. Biting into a mimosa sounds like a strange concept, but after tasting these mini muffins you’ll understand.
Blood Orange Mimosas
We love the color blood oranges give this classic brunch cocktail. A dash of bitters adds depth. Look for orange bitters--such as Fee Brothers or Stirrings--at liquor stores or specialty grocers. The sugar cube dissolves as you sip, balancing the bitters and giving off bubbles for a festive touch. Juice the oranges and keep chilled up to a day ahead.
This easy pancake recipe is just as simple as using a box mix.