The Perfect Little Brunch Menu for Anyone Cooking for Mother’s Day

updated Nov 30, 2023
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Credit: Joe Lingeman

It’s almost Mother’s Day and while the world is still topsy-turvy, things are starting to look up. Vaccines are widely available, restrictions are loosening, and many folks are reuniting with family they haven’t seen in person in months and months. Mother’s Day has always been a sunny sort of holiday, and we think it’s more important than ever to lean into its brightness this year.

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 among the current state of things. We’ve created a simple, small-scale brunch menu, along with an unfussy timeline, that works with what you have.

Your Easy Mother’s Day Brunch Timeline

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

Saturday

  • 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.

Sunday

  • 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.

Kitchn’s Guide for a Simple, Small-Scale 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 Greek 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.

Other Simple Savory Brunch Dishes We Love

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Asparagus, Prosciutto & Goat Cheese Frittata
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Sweet Potato & Spinach Breakfast Strata

This particular strata is ready for fall — it’s packed with all my favorite cool weather ingredients like squash and rosemary! You could steam or boil the sweet potatoes, but I love the flavor the they get when roasted alongside the onions.

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Freeze-and-Bake Lemon Poppy Seed Scones
A warm breakfast baked good is only moments away when you fill the freezer with these make-ahead scones.
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Easiest Cinnamon Rolls
Just seven ingredients, and no yeast or rise time, means that these gooey, fragrant cinnamon rolls are truly the easiest, fastest of all time!
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Sheet Pan Home Fries
This bag-batch, sheet pan method lets you cook your home fries once and eat them all week long.
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Grits in the Slow Cooker

Grits are a Southern staple that are especially well-suited for slow-cooking — they like a long, slow simmer without much tending.

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Bloody Mary

The Bloody Mary is a ubiquitous brunch beverage, a supposed hangover cure-all and the perfect savory sip to accompany eggs and waffles alike.

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The Bright & Bitter

This one is a bracing blend of fresh juices — lime, lemon, orange, and cranberry — hence the bright of the title. The bitter comes in with non-alcoholic bitters which lend spice and an aromatic depth that is usually associated with grown-up cocktails, not kiddie cocktails.

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