Mother’s Day is the ideal time to celebrate your mom and this article is all about the best way you can make her happy on her special day: food.
While you can take her out at a brunch spot, making her some brunch on your own is definitely something she will deeply appreciate.
Our moms deserve the best, so why not surprise them with a delicious home-cooked breakfast or brunch on Mother’s Day?
After all, this day is not about extravagant gifts and big gestures. So, keep on reading for some food inspiration for Mother’s Day!
1. Fried Egg Breakfast Sandwich
If every saturday breakfast tasted just like these fried egg breakfast sandwiches, we bet your mom would not have a problem with that!
Toasted bread, bacon, tomato confit and eggs are all you need to make this delicious sandwich on Mother’s Day and treat your mother to some morning goodness.
With the addition of some basil vinaigrette, this sandwich recipe can be a gourmet one if you simply use some local, fresh produce.
2. Cheesy Croissant Casserole
You might have tried making a casserole for lunch or dinner, but have you made one for breakfast or brunch? This cheesy croissant casserole is going to be the best Mother’s Day surprise.
The crunchy, flaky edges of the croissants contrast beautifully with the silky, cheesy center of the tray.
If possible, prepare this casserole from the day before and then simply put it in the oven in the morning before your mother arrives at home to visit you.
3. Overnight Cinnamon Rolls
To make the perfect cinnamon rolls, you need to use some yeast in the dough. This, in turn, means that you need some extra time to prepare them, so making some cinnamon roll dough the night before is a wise choice.
Spend some time the night before to do the majority of the preparation, so that you can just put them in the oven and go get some flowers the next morning to greet your mother with some fresh flowers and some warm cinnamon rolls.
Use this recipe to make a tray of delicious overnight cinnamon rolls.
4. Spinach And Cheese Quiche
Quiches are an iconic French meal, and this spinach and cheese quiche is stuffed with sweetened, sautéed leeks and spinach.
If you want, you can modify this recipe to make a pie crust on your own or buy a bigger one from the supermarket.
It is a flavorful, creamy spinach quiche that is ideal for a Mother’s Day brunch date. You can serve it warm or let it rest for an hour before serving.
Should you need a side, some green leaf salad or some baby potatoes will do wonders.
5. Butter Croissants
Even though visiting a bakery is the easy way to get some croissants for your mom, that first poofy, flaky bite of a homemade butter croissant will make the time you spend in the kitchen worthwhile.
To be honest, there isn’t a way to make croissants fast (see also ‘The Best Croissant Sandwich Recipies You Can Make At Home‘). All recipes require a good deal of time and butter (as well as a big countertop), but this recipe is one of the easiest ones to follow.
The croissant dough has a couple of rest periods that can be extended if necessary. But the good thing is that you can take advantage of that resting time to make some jam to serve them with.
6. Eggs Benedict
You need to plan ahead to make eggs Benedict as it is not one of the easiest meals to make.
Hot, crunchy bacon on top of toasted English muffins or brioche buns, flawlessly poached eggs, and a comforting, silky, hollandaise sauce must all be served together and in the right temperature.
So, if you can make some toasted English muffin, fry your bacon, and make some poached eggs, the only thing that is left is to make that Hollandaise sauce, which is pretty simple to nail with the use of a blender.
Use this recipe as a basis and replace the bacon with any smoked salmon slices or turkey pastrami for a twist!
It might sound very simple for a Mother’s Day brunch, but crepes can go a long way if you know how to make them.
You don’t want them to be too thin or too thick, and your batter shouldn’t be too thick or too watery either.
It is all about finding the right consistency in a crepe recipe and if you follow this one from Delish, you can rest assured that you will make the best crepes ever.
With simple ingredients like flour, milk, butter and eggs, crepes are extremely versatile, and you can treat your mother to both a savory and a sweet one.
You saw that coming, didn’t you?
Not everyone is a fan of crepes, or, to say it right, some people are fans of pancakes. If your mother belongs to that group of people, then there’s no question about what you should be making for her.
The ingredients used to make pancakes do not differ from the ones used to make crepes, but the use of baking powder or self-raising flour is what helps make them fluffy and thick.
Savory or sweet, with just some maple syrup or with tons of toppings, they are classic for a reason!
Nothing beats getting out of bed to have some fresh bagels, especially when they’re a Mother’s Day gift from your son or daughter.
This bagel recipe is all you need to make all kinds of bagels, plain, seeded, with glaze or with filling, so follow it carefully and trust your gut and think about your mother’s preferences to add any ingredients you want.
10. Jelly Donut French Toast
If your mom prefers savory breakfast and brunch meals, then some scrambled eggs like the once we have in number 11 are probably a better option.
However, if she loves having sweet treats in the morning, then this ridiculously delish filled French toast is going to be the best gift ever!
Drawing inspiration from jelly donuts, it is the best sweet French toast you can have on a celebratory day like this.
11. Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake
If you mom loves cinnamon rolls but you do not want to make the classic ones for a special day like this, why not try this cinnamon roll cheesecake?
This recipe is a transformation of the mouthwatering brunch treat into a cinnamon sugar-filled cheesecake that is sure to impress your mother and even yourself.
You might want to make this one from the night before, unless you are an early bird that prefers to spend time in the kitchen before the morning light is out!
12. Scrambled Eggs
Scrambled eggs are a small luxury in our daily lives. They are smooth and creamy, full of flavor and protein, and they can be ready in less than 5 minutes.
Don’t feel bad if you have no time to prepare something more elaborate for your mother. Like we said, it is the thought that counts and we are certain that she will be very grateful for this dish.
Check out this recipe for the perfect scrambled eggs.
For moms who love eggs and want to have some protein for breakfast, shakshuka is a great way to satisfy them with an ethnic dish that tastes great and is all about the eggs!
Shakshuka is an easy-to-make dish that consists of delicately poached eggs in a delectable chunky tomato and pepper marinara.
This brunch recipe probably originated in Tunisia but has become very famous around the world.
Serve it with some sprinkled feta on top and some toasted bread on the side for a complete meal.
14. Avocado Egg Boats
Stuffing avocados with all kinds of ingredients is a fantastic way to keep things interesting.
On Mother’s Day, while you can play it safe with some avocado on toast, we suggest you try out these avocado egg boats for a change.
The creaminess of the avocado complements a beautifully cooked egg and some crunchy bacon (see also ‘28 Brilliant Breakfast Recipes With Bacon‘).
15. Croque Monsieur
A classic sandwich served everywhere around the world, it is many people’s favorite brunch meal.
Even if it is not your mom’s favorite, try making it for Mother’s Day and you might have her changing her mind from the very first bite.
Of course, you need the perfect recipe to make an unprecedented so here it is.
16. Croque Madame
The croque madame sandwich is a twist on the traditional croque monsieur. In fact, it is exactly the same as the croque monsieur as they both have ham, béchamel, and Gruyère cheese.
The only difference is that the croque madame sandwich has a fried egg as a topping.
Try this Croque Madame recipe from The Spruce Eats.
17. Frozen Fruit Salad
This flavorful frozen fruit salad is loaded with frozen or fresh pineapples, cherries, and roasted pecans.
The fruits are surrounded by a silky and creamy dressing made with lemon yogurt, frozen whipped topping, and lemon zest.
This delectable fruit salad is the perfect refreshing brunch meal that your mother will love.
18. Mushroom And Broccoli Frittata
This mushroom and broccoli frittata is the epitome of comfort food. Full of flavor and cheese, it is another easy brunch meal you can make on Mother’s Day.
It is also a very versatile meal idea, so if there’s any ingredient you don’t like, you can replace it with something else.
For example, use some peppers instead of mushrooms or add other types of cheese if you mom is a cheese lover.
19. Cheese And Chive Savory Scones
Perhaps these are scones, perhaps they are biscuits, but you must have them in your menu for Mother’s Day (see also ‘35 Easy Recipes That Are Perfect For Mother’s Day‘).
Fluffy dough filled to the brim with parmesan and cheddar cheese, chives, and lots of butter for a soft inside.
Ready in 40 minutes, they can be a special last-minute treat for you and your mother. Follow this recipe for great results.
20. Breakfast Pizza
This breakfast pizza recipe is unbelievably good and easy to make.
While you can always go for some Italian recipes and make pizzas in the wood oven – that is if you have one – if you want a quicker alternative that will still taste amazing and will not remind you of the pizzas you are used to having at a restaurant for dinner, then this breakfast pizza is the answer to your needs!
Get some fresh oranges to make some orange juice and serve your pizza while still warm. Your mom will love it and you might even turn this into a weekly brunch meal.
21. Lemon Raspberry Yogurt Cake
Yogurt, fresh raspberries, lemon zest, vanilla extract, flour and some sugar are all you need to make this delicious lemon raspberry yogurt cake.
This spongy cake will make you wish you’d made a couple more, so if you have some extra trays, we seriously suggest you double up the ingredients to make some more.
22. Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
This is a brunch treat you can’t go wrong with. Banana breads have become very popular and there’s probably not a single person in this world that hasn’t tried making one or hasn’t tried one at home.
If your mom used to make banana bread twice a week, it is time to return her the favor and make one for her.
But do not go for a simple banana bread recipe. Try this one with chocolate chips that melt in the mouth when served warm.
23. Everything Bagel Casserole
This bagel casserole is the definition of brunch goals!
Layers of sliced bagels are covered with layers of a blend of cheddar, tomatoes, cream cheese, and red onion.
Once that is done, these layers are then topped with some egg and milk mixture that keeps all the ingredients together while they are baked in the oven.
The result is a hearty bagel casserole that you can indulge in with your mother.
You can make some mimosas or Bloody Mary cocktails to accompany the casserole or enjoy some before you dive into the casserole.
24. Coffee Cake
This coffee cake will undoubtedly be the highlight of Mother’s Day.
While you only need an hour and a half before it’s ready, you can always make it the night before and simply cover it with a towel to keep it moist and perfect for Mother’s Day.
Since it’s a coffee cake, you might want to serve it with some tea, but if you love coffee then please, do not limit yourself to the coffee essence of the cake.
25. Spanish Tortilla
A Spanish tortilla is typically made with thin slices of potatoes. It is a scrumptious and easy vegetarian meal you can make for your mom if she is trying to keep her diet plant-based or is vegetarian.
This recipe from Delish uses potato chips for a quicker preparation process and includes some smoked paprika for a red, smoky effect.
26. Chicken And Waffles
It’s not every day that you are celebrating Mother’s Day, so even if your mom is a fitness lover, let this be her cheat day.
Chicken and waffles are one of the best cheat meals for athletes, and we bet your mom deserves that irrespective of her fitness levels.
Easy to make, the only thing you need is a waffle maker, so if you don’t have one run to the stores for one and we’re pretty sure this won’t be the last time you are using it!
27. Ham And Cheese Bake
Another easy brunch meal is the ham and cheese bake we all know and love.
With simple ingredients you probably already have in your fridge and cupboards, you can make a wholesome bake tray that can be served warm next to a glass of mimosa.
A very versatile bake, you can tweak it and add different kinds of cheese or replace ham with bacon or even some pre-cooked shredded chicken. Follow this recipe and add or skip whatever you want.
28. Steak And Eggs
High in protein, this brunch meal idea is a great Mother’s Day option. Steak and eggs can be eaten for brunch, lunch or dinner, as they are delicious any time of the day.
To many of us, they remind us of those weekend meals with the family, when our mother would cook a big batch of steak and eggs and we’d invite our friends over.
No matter what the case is, it’s a great meal idea to make your mother happy, so go on and make some!
29. Blueberry Muffins
Muffins and cupcakes are an all-time favorite, and they are great for so many occasions. Mother’s Day is no exception, so why not make some blueberry muffins to treat your mother?
This blueberry muffins recipe is to die for!
Burritos can be filled with tons of ingredients to make them a meal that can keep you full for the entire day, or they can be a lighter meal idea for Mother’s Day.
Brunch burritos can be filled with rice, beans, and chicken or some other meat, but if you want to surprise your mother, try these hash brown and sausage burritos.
This Greek spinach pie will win your heart’s mom even by its smell.
You might want to make your spanakopita from the night before, unless you are an early bird that prefers to spend time in the kitchen early in the morning to prepare the filling and the pie layers.
32. Apple Crumble
With simple and healthy ingredients, an apple crumble can feel like a hug in a bowl for your mom.
So, after you hug each other and toast to a glass of mimosa (or more), enjoy some apple crumble like the one made with this recipe.
33. Chocolate Cake
We could not leave you without a chocolatey option. There are tons of chocolate cake options and recipes you can try out and they will all be delicious because… chocolate!
We recommend you try this one that comes with a rich frosting on top.
The Bottom Line
Mother’s Day is all about showing our moms how much we care about them and doing little precious things.
And what could be more considerate than making time in your day to cook her one of these 33 brunch meals?
Frequently Asked Questions
Why Do We Celebrate Mother’s Day?
The official Mother’s Day holiday arose in the 1900s as a result of the efforts of Anna Jarvis, daughter of Ann Reeves Jarvis.
Following her mother’s 1905 death, Anna Jarvis conceived of Mother’s Day as a way of honoring the sacrifices mothers made for their children.
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