Okay, so maybe you can’t take mom on an elaborate weekend adventure filled with haunted B&Bs, vineyard tours, and spa treatments. But you can make brunch! Here are some Mother’s Day recipes to make mom’s day special:
Sausage and Egg Strata – A strata is a simple way to get rave reviews – it’s super easy and you won’t have to wake up early and make a mess in the kitchen. A strata needs to sit overnight in the fridge, so you’ll make it the day before serving. Whip this up on Saturday afternoon, pop it in the fridge, and when Sunday morning rolls around, just put it in the oven for about an hour. A strata is a casserole made with cubed bread, eggs, cheese, and sausage (or bacon).
Quiche – A quiche is basically an egg pie that contains heavy cream, bacon, eggs, and cheese. It takes a little more work than the strata, but if you buy refrigerated pie dough you can whip up a quiche fairly quickly. Basically, a quiche is made by whisking three or four eggs together. Add some salt, pepper, and spices of your choice (such as nutmeg and chives). Then add heavy cream and some milk while still whisking (the whisking adds air that will make the quiche fluffy, so whisk away). Pre-bake the pie crust, if necessary. Put some bacon strips on the crust along with some cheese. Pour the egg mixture into the crust and stir it gently so the bacon will move toward the middle and the chives will spread out on top. Put it in the oven for about half an hour. It's done when the center wiggles slightly. This can stay in the fridge for a couple of days and it should be eaten cold, so you can make this before Sunday – and since the dish won't be hot, it's portable -- take it to your mom's house (or wherever the Mother's Day brunch is being held).
If mom has a sweet tooth, try making a fruit tart. With a sweet crust and a filling made of cream cheese and sugar, this is decadent and delicious – perfect for mom's special day. And since it is topped with fresh fruit (kiwi, blueberries, and strawberries!) we'll just go ahead and call this recipe "healthy," as well. (It's a stretch, yes, but hey – superfruit!) For the glaze, you'll need frozen limeade concentrate, lime juice, and more sugar. You may also want to add a little whipped cream to each slice of tart.
Looking for something a little more traditional? Make pancakes for mom! Ditch the box and make them from scratch. Mix about a cup of milk with a couple spoons of vinegar and set it aside. Mix a cup of flour, a couple spoons of sugar, a teaspoon of baking powder, half a teaspoon of baking soda, and a dash of salt together and set that aside. In a large bowl, mix together an egg and the milk/vinegar mixture. Slowly add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and whisk until there are no lumps. Make the pancakes in a large skillet over medium heat.
If you want something that sounds fancy and difficult but really isn't, make some crepes. Whisk two eggs in a bowl with a dash of salt (if you want them sweet you can add some sugar, as well). Slowly add in a cup of flour while still whisking, then add about a cup (or a little over) of whole milk until the mixture is the consistency of heavy cream. Put about three spoons of the mixture in a hot skillet (sprayed with non-stick cooking spray) and spread the mixture out until it coats the bottom of the pan. Once the top of the crepe looks as though it is beginning to dry, flip the crepe over with a spatula. Cook it until brown spots begin to appear. You can serve the crepes with jam, some fresh fruit and whipped cream, or sprinkle them with powdered sugar.
Don't forget about that Mother's Day brunch staple, the mimosa! This champagne-and-orange-juice concoction is a brunch favorite. Or if you want to try something a little different, maybe one of these drinks will inspire you.
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