Mother’s Day is just ‘round the corner. You’ve already made reservations at mom’s go-to brunch spot and ordered a bouquet of flowers, right? Well, in case that that last sentence sent you scrambling for the phone, there’s still time to plan a perfect day that’s all about mother dearest (by the way, her favorite restaurant is already booked solid). To show how much you really appreciate her, why not make a brunch to remember? She did prepare your morning meals for the better part of your youth, after all. Isn’t it about time you returned the favor?
Whether she’s the sort of gal who has a big sweet tooth or is the first to reach for the bacon, there’s something to please every mom’s brunch palate in these Sunday-best recipes. Read on for our top Mother’s Day menu picks.
1. Spiced Zucchini Muffins
Every brunch needs a make-ahead item that will be there ready and waiting on the table while you scramble to prep the rest. Make these nutmeg and vanilla scented muffins the day before and leave Sunday morning for things like fussing over the seating arrangement. Get our Spiced Zucchini Muffins recipe.
2. Maple, Barley, and Wheat Granola
Granola may seem more suited for a casual snacktime instead of an elegant morning feast. But when you put in a little elbow grease into it and make your own, it’s nothing short of sublime, especially when paired with a swirl of yogurt. Get our Maple, Barley, and Wheat Granola recipe.
3. Baked Oysters Chowder in a Shell
For the mom who appreciates the finer things in life, a platter of oysters is sure to make her feel like a queen. Baked with a white wine reduction and buttery brioche crumbs, these puppies taste of pure luxury. Get our Baked Oysters Chowder in a Shell recipe.
4. Smoked Salmon with Caviar on Cucumber
If there were ever an excuse to splurge on high-quality smoked salmon and fancy-schmancy caviar, Mother’s Day is it. This is the dish that she’ll be bragging about to her friends. Get our Smoked Salmon with Caviar on Cucumber recipe.
5. Baked Eggs with Kale, Portobellos, and Feta
Few dishes tug at the heartstrings like eggs nestled into a baking dish over substantial ingredients like mushrooms and kale. This one is for the lovers of all things rich, cheesy, and hearty. Get our Baked Eggs with Kale, Portobellos, and Feta recipe.
6. Asparagus Benedict with Chèvre-Dijon Sauce
Need a showstopping yet simple brunch main? Featuring lightly sauteed leeks and asparagus with a tangy goat cheese sauce, this twist on Eggs Benedict feels brighter and fresher than the original. Get our Asparagus Benedict with Chèvre-Dijon Sauce recipe.
7. Bacon-Cheddar Mini Quiches
With crisped bacon and cheese stuffed into a buttery puff pastry shell, these bad boys are the sort of brunch item that lovers of all things savory swoon over. Get our Bacon-Cheddar Mini Quiches recipe.
8. Mixed Greens Salad
If you plan on serving a lot of substantial egg or starch based dishes at your brunch, you’ll want a light salad of some sort to balance things out. This one is so simple, you can easily make it in between all the whisking and frying you’ll be doing. Get our Mixed Greens Salad recipe.
9. Cornbread Pancakes with Maple-Pecan Syrup
Brunch wouldn’t be complete without some syrup-drenched pancakes straight from the griddle. This variation takes it up a notch, combining a fluffy cornbread-style cake with a nutty, brown butter and pecan syrup. Get our Cornbread Pancakes with Maple-Pecan Syrup recipe.
10. Chocolate-Hazelnut Crêpe with Banana
If your mom is the sort who goes gaga for chocolate, consider these crepes with nutella and banana. Best of all, they’re sweet and gooey on the inside, kind of like, uh, your feelings for her. Get our Chocolate-Hazelnut Crêpe with Banana recipe.
11. Strawberry–Blood Orange Pavlovas
If you’re going to cap off your brunch with dessert, it should be something light and preferably based around seasonal flavors. This dreamy pavlova is just that, offering a pillow-like meringue with a juicy strawberry, blood orange, and balsamic compote. Get our Strawberry–Blood Orange Pavlovas recipe.
12. Ruby on Rails Cocktail
A good brunch cocktail is essential, of course. This rosé-based refresher will keep things festive, balancing the sweetness of the wine and strawberries with a floral and herbal complexity from dashes of gin and Pimm’s No. 1. Get our Ruby on Rails Cocktail recipe.
13. Ginger Bloody Mary
If your mom is more of the spicy type, however, Bloody Marys are in order. This one gets an extra kick from ginger infused vodka. Get our Ginger Bloody Mary recipe.
Miki Kawasaki is a New York City–based food writer and graduate of Boston University's program in Gastronomy. Few things excite her more than a well-crafted sandwich or expertly spiced curry. If you ever run into her at a dinner party, make sure to hit her up for a few pieces of oddball culinary trivia.