It’s May! Have you thought about how you will be celebrating Mother’s Day this year? A big family gathering? A meal out with family and friends? Or perhaps the perfect Mother’s Day gift is doing absolutely nothing at all! If you have yet to pin down your plans for Mother’s Day you may want to consider having brunch at home! For the past few major holidays we have been getting together with family to celebrate with brunches at our house and have had such a fantastic time. Our kids’ best time of the day tends to be in the morning and they are still young enough that they both take naps in the afternoon. Hosting Mother’s Day brunch is the best of both worlds in terms of timing (a crying, cranky child is not my kind of celebration) and quality family time. Being at home also means you will avoid hectic, crowded restaurants or battle to get a reservation somewhere. Below I am sharing some of my tried and true brunch recipes that are sure to make your Mother’s Day a delicious celebration enjoyed by all!
Main Dish: The Pioneer Woman’s Cowboy Quiche
This quiche is rich, hearty, and delicious. It has become a mainstay in our Mother’s Day brunch menu and makes enough to feed a crowd. We have a large cast iron skillet that holds the entire recipe or it takes two standard pie pans. It is also customizable to your liking. We’ve had it with sundried tomatoes, spinach, and goat cheese (replacing the cheddar) or with some shredded kale and bacon. You can also try your hand at the perfect homemade pie crust recipe, or if you don’t have time to make your own pie crust beforehand I love the Trader Joe’s frozen pie crusts. This recipe can also be made beforehand – either the day before and warmed up in the oven 30-45 minutes before serving or frozen, thawed, and warmed the day before.
Side option 1: Simple, Mixed-Greens Savory Salad
It has been so refreshing to add a green, savory salad to my brunch menus lately. With the weather getting warmer and a heartier main dish a salad is a nice light but still flavorful pairing. My absolute favorite salad right now is mixed salad greens, goat cheese crumbles (Trader Joe’s Marinated Goat Cheese Medallions are the best!), and No Crumbs Left Marinated Onions. Drizzle a little of the Marinated Onion Oil on the salad with a squeeze of lemon juice and you have an indulgent yet easy homemade salad. If you want to add a little crunch to your greens sprinkle them with shelled pistachios or crisp up some hunks of french bread under your broiler for homemade croutons!
Side option 2: Boozy Fruit Salad and Everything Dip
A sweet side (with a kick!) balances out the main menu. Fruit salad is a good go-to for brunches, summer barbeques, and potluck dinners with friends. I like to make two bowls of fruit salad – one for the adults and one for the kiddos. Pair the fruit salad with my favorite whipped cream dip that we have coined “Everything Dip” in my family because it truly is something you will want to eat with everything.
- Assortment of fruit cut into bite sized chunks (e.g. cantaloupe, watermelon, grapes, strawberries, honeydew, etc.)
- Fresh mint leaves - chopped
- 2 tbsp. granulated sugar
- For the adult version - 1 shot (1.5oz) of orange liqueur
- Combine all of your ingredients and mix until all of the fruit is equally coated in sugar, orange liqueur, and chopped mint.
- Chill in fridge and let marinate overnight before serving.
- Obviously for a more kid friendly version leave out the orange liqueur. 😉
- Sliced cucumbers also work great in this salad!
Cocktail: Raspberry Lemon Zinger
This cocktail recipe has made several appearances in my life and I have my high school best friend’s mom to thank for that. I first learned about it at my bridal shower and since then it has become a celebratory staple in that group of friends. It is refreshing, springy, and a nice change from your classic mimosa.
- 1 bottle of dry champagne
- 1 bottle of chardonnay
- 1 cup of vodka
- 8 ounces of ginger ale
- 1 can of Minutemaid Frozen Raspberry Lemonade
- Large punch bowl
- Combine all ingredients over ice and serve in a large punch bowl or drink dispenser.
- Garnish with frozen berries, citrus slices, or a sprig of fresh mint!
- In the past I have swapped the ginger ale for plain seltzer water.
- If I don’t have chardonnay on hand a sauvignon blanc works just as well.