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Mothers Day Brunch Ideas

Updated on April 4, 2018
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Today I am going to divert from my usual format. There will be no history of Mothers Day, no history of brunch, or even an analysis of "what is brunch?" The purpose of this hub is solely to present a list of tried and true recipes from which you can pick and choose to assemble an Mothers Day menu that's right for you.

So let's get started.

List of the Recipes

 
 
 
Breads
 
 
French Toast Stuffed with Brie
Oatmeal Pancakes
Double Chocolate Cherry Scones
Soups and Salads
 
 
Creamy Spinach Soup
Turkey Curry Salad
Easy Cream-less Asparagus Soup
 
 
 
Meat/Main Dish
 
 
Turkey Breakfast Sausage Patties
Smoked Salmon Hash
Breakfast Quiche with Potato Puff Crust
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Breads Recipes

French Toast Stuffed with Brie

Ingredients

  • 1 baguette
  • 3 oz. brie, chilled for easier slicing
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg, large
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter, divided
  • fruit topping, see suggestions below

Directions

  1. Slice the baguette on the diagonal (this gives you larger slices of bread), making the slices about 1 1/2 inches thick. Discard the ends or save for another use.
  2. With a sharp knife, cut a slit in the bottom (crust) side of each slice. Slice the chilled brie into small wedges, about 1/4-inch thick and 1-inch square. Stuff one wedge of brie into each slice of baguette.
  3. In a shallow bowl, beat together the milk, egg, and salt with a wire whisk until well blended. Dip the baguette slices into the milk/egg mixture, turning to coat both cut sides.
  4. Heat a large saute pan over medium heat. Add 1 tsp. of the butter; as it melts tilt the pan to coat the bottom. Add as many of the baguette slices as will fit in the pan without crowding. Cook until golden brown on one side (about 2 minutes). Turn over and cook the other side until brown. Remove from pan and keep warm. Repeat with the remaining butter and baguette slices.

Fruit Topping Ideas

There are so many things that could be done with this recipe, depending on what seasonal fruits are available.

In late Spring I would choose strawberries--slice, sprinkle on a bit of sugar and let sit for a few minutes until juices begin to form.

In summer one could do the same with fresh raspberries or blackberries.

However, my favorite fruit with brie is apples or pears, pared, cored, and thinly sliced, sprinkled with sugar and a generous amount of cinnamon. Let sit for about 30 minutes then place in a small saucepan and simmer over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until apples or pears begin to soften and juices become syrupy.

Oatmeal pancakes
Oatmeal pancakes
Chocolate scone
Chocolate scone | Source

I adapted the following from a chocolate scone recipe on the King Arthur Flour website:

Double Chocolate Cherry Scones

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup Dutch-process cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon espresso powder
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) cold butter, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • ¾ cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup dried cherries
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • chocolate frosting (homemade or packaged)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, blend the flours, cocoa, espresso powder, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; mix thoroughly.
  4. Cut in the butter with a pastry blender until the mixture looks like coarse crumbs.
  5. Stir in the chocolate chips and dried cherries.
  6. Whisk together the vanilla, egg, and milk.
  7. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients, stirring until the mixture is evenly moist. If the mixture seems dry, add another tablespoon or two of milk.
  8. Divide the dough in half, and place the two pieces onto the baking sheet. Pat them gently into two 6" circles, each about 3/4" thick.
  9. Cut each circle into 6 wedge shapes.
  10. Bake for 18 to 23 minutes, until they lose their moist look, and a cake tester inserted into the center of one comes out clean; or with just a smear of chocolate from a melting chip.
  11. Remove the scones from the oven, and transfer to a rack to cool.
  12. When scones are cool, drizzle on homemade chocolate frosting. If using store-bought frosting warm about 1/2 cup of frosting in a small microwave safe bowl for about 15 seconds or until of a pouring consistency (do not warm too much and allow to melt).

Soups and Salads

Cream of spinach soup
Cream of spinach soup

Creamy Spinach Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, minced
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 cups Yukon gold potatoes, diced
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 6 cups fresh spinach
  • grated nutmeg, optional
  • sour cream, optional

Directions

  1. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper, reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in potatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes. Pour in broth. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook until the potatoes are soft, about 15 minutes.
  3. Stir in spinach and continue to simmer until the greens are tender, about 10 minutes more.
  4. Puree the soup with an immersion blender or regular blender (in batches), leaving it a little chunky if desired. (Use caution when pureeing hot liquids).
  5. Serve the soup garnished with nutmeg or a swirl of sour cream, if desired.


Turkey Curry Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon *curry powder
  • 1/3 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tsp. lime juice
  • 3 cups diced roast turkey or smoked turkey
  • 2 medium mangoes, peeled, pitted, and diced
  • 1/2 cup sweet onion, diced
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup salted cashews, chopped


Directions

  1. Place the curry powder in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat. Toast for 2-3 minutes or until fragrant. Watch carefully so that it doesn't burn. Remove pan from heat and immediately scrape toasted curry powder into small mixing bowl. When cool, stir in mayonnaise, yogurt, and lime juice. Set aside.
  2. Combine remaining ingredients except for cashews in a large mixing bowl. Add curry-mayonnaise dressing and stir gently to combine. Cover and chill at least 4 hours or overnight.
  3. Add salted cashews just before serving.
  4. *I used McCormick--a blend of coriander, fenugreek, turmeric, cumin, black pepper, bay leaves, celery seed, nutmeg, cloves, onion, red pepper flakes, and ginger

Meat/Main Dish

Turkey sausage patties
Turkey sausage patties

Turkey Breakfast Sausage Patties

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 3/4 cup spicy V-8 (or you could use Bloody Mary mix)
  • 1 pound ground turkey (please use 92% fat free--the 99% fat free is too dry)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground sage
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. dried thyme

Directions

  1. Soak oats in juice for 15 minutes in a large bowl. Add remaining ingredients and mix until very well blended. Form mixture into a 12-inch log. Wrap and freeze until firm enough to slice, about 1.5 to 2 hours. (Do NOT freeze solid).
  2. Cut into 32 slices (about 3/8 inch thick). Place on cookie sheet and freeze until firm. Remove from cookie sheet and store in zip-lock bag for up to 3 months.
  3. To cook, pan fry for 8-10 minutes--no need to thaw.

NOTE: You could substitute ground beef for the ground turkey, but the turkey version will have less fat.

Smoked salmon hash
Smoked salmon hash

Smoked Salmon Hash

Ingredients

  • 1 large russet potato
  • 2 medium sized yams
  • 1 large sweet onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 pound smoked salmon
  • 1 tsp. fresh minced dill, (optional)

Directions

  1. Using a small paring knife, pierce the russet potato in several places. Microwave for 4 minutes. When cool enough to handle, remove the peel and dice the potato (about 1/2-inch dice).
  2. Pare the yams and dice (about 1/2 inch).
  3. Heat a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the olive oil to the pan and swirl to coat the bottom of the pan. Add the diced potatoes, yams, and onions to the pan; cook about 3 minutes or until the onions begin to soften and the potatoes brown a bit.
  4. Mince the smoked salmon and add to the potato/onion hash. Continue to cook and stir until the salmon is heated through.
  5. Sprinkle with fresh dill and serve.

Breakfast "Quiche" With Potato Puff Crust

Ingredients

  • 3 cups potato puffs (tater tots), thawed
  • 3/4 cup grated cheddar cheese, divided
  • *1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced
  • *1/2 cup cooked sausage, diced
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 large eggs

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Generously spray a 9-inch pie pan with non-stick cooking spray. Place the tater tots in the prepared pan in a single layer and bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven.
  3. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of the cheese, the bell pepper, and cooked meat on the crust. Top with the remaining 1/4 cup grated cheese.
  4. Whisk together the milk and eggs. Pour over the cheese/bell pepper/meat mixture in the crust.
  5. Reduce the oven heat to 350 degrees. Bake the tater tot filled crust for about 30 minutes. Let sit about 5 minutes then slice and serve.

© 2016 Linda Lum

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    • Carb Diva profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Lum 

      2 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Bravewarrior - No one has ever made brunch for me. As I said to billybuc, when the kids were at home Mothers Day always focused on Grandma. Now she is in Heaven, but the kids have grown up. I can dream though, right?

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      2 years ago from Central Florida

      Yummy. I would have loved to have had brunch made for me on Mothers Day. Sadly, my son had to work.

    • Carb Diva profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Lum 

      2 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Flourish - I hope so. I tried to assemble a list of things that could be prepared easily (with perhaps just a little assist from Dad or a friend). I hope you have a Happy Mothers' Day.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 years ago from USA

      This should give children of all ages some hints on what to do for Mom!

    • Carb Diva profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Lum 

      2 years ago from Washington State, USA

      The love will make it taste good. Blessings on your weekend.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      My six year old and I will stay quiet and cook up a traditional breakfast so it will be all ready when mom gets up after sleeping in. Being that I am no great cook, the present will be in the effort. Happy Mother's day Linda

    • Carb Diva profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Lum 

      2 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Kaili - Oh, I know. It's obviously not something that I can enjoy every day (or even once a month). A blissful indulgence that I feel I am well-deserving of on Mothers Day. Thanks for your kind words and for stopping by.

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      Kaili Bisson 

      2 years ago from Canada

      Super ideas...you had me at "stuffed with brie."

    • Carb Diva profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Lum 

      2 years ago from Washington State, USA

      When my mother in-law was alive I always put together a lavish meal for her. Now, we eat at a nearby hamburger joint. Mr. Carb couldn't cook a meal to save his life. I'm fine with that. As for gifts? I buy my own. I planted a new flowerbed a couple of days ago and I'm happy as can be.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm off the hook. Bev does not want me getting her anything for Mother's Day and she gets me nothing for Father's Day....it's the perfect arrangement that keeps on giving. LOL Happy Mother's Day, Linda!

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