The Perfect Easy Brunch Menu for Mother’s Day

published May 5, 2021
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Credit: Joe Lingeman

It’s almost Mother’s Day and the world is still in transition. Some are beginning to see things slowly open up around them, while others remain hunkered down in quarantine. Yet the tradition of celebrating our mothers remains. It’s always been a sunny sort of holiday, and we think it’s more important than ever to lean into brightness.

There’s no “usual” this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t honor the mothers in our lives. It might not be how you’ve celebrated in years past, and that’s okay. Lean into a Mother’s Day that’s small and humble and it will still feel incredibly special. We’ve created a simple brunch menu, along with an unfussy timeline.

Our Guide for a Simple Mother’s Day Menu

This menu speaks to everything we want from a good meal right now: it’s celebratory and special, while being the furthest thing from fussy or complicated. We’ve outlined a suggested menu and timeline, plus included easy recipe alternatives and tips for how to use ingredients you may already have on hand.

Credit: Joe Lingeman

Something Savory: Make-Ahead Baked Greek Omelet

Eggs are practically essential for any great brunch spread, and they hold endless possibilities. We love this veggie-packed baked omelet because it can be assembled the night before and simply baked off in the morning. It’s also infinitely adaptable, so you can make it work with what you already have. For example, switch the feta with goat cheese or shredded cheddar, use frozen spinach or sauté another green like kale or Swiss chard, swap the peppers for more onions, or skip the dill. You may have leftovers of the egg bake, which is a great problem to have because that means you have breakfast or lunch covered the next day.

Get the recipe: Make-Ahead Baked Greek Omelet

Other simple savory brunch dishes we love:
Asparagus, Prosciutto, and Goat Cheese Frittata
Sweet Potato and Spinach Breakfast Strata

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Something Sweet: Dutch Baby Pancake with Berries

A Dutch baby probably isn’t something you make every weekend, which is exactly why it feels special. It calls for just a handful of pantry basics, similar to what you’d need for pancakes or waffles, and is somewhere between the tender texture of a hot crepe and the eggy flavor of a sweet popover. A Dutch baby also gets bonus points for how show-stopping it looks when brought to the table, since it’s puffed like a pillow when it first comes out of the oven. Serve it with a mix of fresh or thawed frozen berries if you have either. Otherwise, any kind of jam is nice, as is maple syrup, powdered sugar, or a combination.

Get the recipe: How to Make a Dutch Baby Pancake

Other simple brunch sides we love:
Freeze-and-Bake Lemon Poppyseed Scones
How to Make the Easiest Cinnamon Rolls

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Something on the Side: Crispy Oven-Baked Bacon

Crispy bacon is always a good idea. And since the oven is already heated up for the omelet and Dutch baby, it’s a no-brainer. With next to no extra effort, you’ll have a batch of crispy bacon the whole table will devour. Plus, cooking bacon in the oven instead of on the stovetop means you won’t be left with a greasy mess to contend with and you can prepare a large batch at once.

Get the recipe: How to Make Perfect Bacon in the Oven

Other simple brunch sides we love:
Sheet Pan Home Fries
How to Make Grits in the Slow Cooker

Something to Drink: Grapefruit Mimosas

There has never been a better year to greet Mom with a special drink. Mimosas are classic and always a good choice. Opt for the usual orange juice or try this twist with grapefruit juice instead. Alternatively, if you’d like to make them mocktails, just swap out the sparkling wine for club soda or seltzer.

Get the recipe: Grapefruit Mimosas

Other simple brunch drinks we love:
How to Make a Great Bloody Mary
Mocktail Recipe: The Bright & Bitter

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Your Easy Mother’s Day Brunch Timeline

The timeline for this simple menu starts Saturday night so you can sleep in Sunday morning.

Before bed: Sauté the vegetables for the Greek omelet and assemble it in a baking dish. Cover it tightly with aluminum foil and tuck it away in the refrigerator.

When you wake up: Slice berries or remove frozen ones from the freezer to thaw in a bowl. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
After you’ve poured yourself coffee: Remove the omelet from the refrigerator, uncover it, and transfer it to the oven. While it bakes, arrange bacon on a rimmed baking sheet and blend the Dutch baby batter.
Once the omelet is baked: Increase the oven temperature to 400°F and bake the bacon.
After the bacon is cooked: Increase the oven temperature to 425°F and bake the Dutch baby.
Finally: While the Dutch baby bakes, prepare the mimosas. Then it’s time to sit down and celebrate Mom.

This post originally ran on Kitchn. See it there: The Perfect Little Brunch Menu for Anyone Cooking for Mother’s Day