Julie Giuffrida is Test Kitchen coordinator for the Los Angeles Times.
28 Mother’s Day brunch recipes, from mimosas and muffins to eggs and greens.
If your mother is anything like mine, whatever food you put in front of her this Sunday for Mother’s Day (or most any day) will make her happy, mostly because you made it for her and also because she did not have to lift a finger to do anything other than eat it. If you’re not sure what to make, you are reading the right post. We have recipes and you have choices.
Where to start? Well, if your mom is a drinker, along with the coffee, start her day with a bacon bloody Mary or a mimosa — for atmosphere, if nothing else. Then it becomes a matter of whether you want to go sweet, savory or both.
Regardless, you’ll want a basket of magnificent baked goods. Blueberry muffins, passion fruit-poppy seed muffins, vegan strawberry muffins, sweet potato bread and chocolate chip banana bread with peanut crumble are all good choices, especially as starters. For extra fun, try your hand at homemade pop tarts. This fantastically gooey, brown sugar cinnamon walnut monkey bread will be all the rage. (If you are feeding a crowd, you may want to make two.)
To keep things simple, you could go with classic breakfast fare like silky scrambled eggs or omelets with hot and fluffy pancakes or crisp everyday waffles on the side. Or elevate those basics a bit and save some time with this almond Dutch baby with honeyed figs. It is one large pancake that you can cut into wedges rather than flipping individual pancakes one by one. The extra step of folding whipped egg whites into the yeasted batter — which you make the night before — is what make these ultimate overnight waffles extra light and crispy.
Or take a cue from the Dutch baby and make the whole entrée in a single pan. This egg and cheese skillet pancake is a cinch — and cleanup is easy, too. Migas — either vegetarian or with chorizo — are a skillet full of flavors and textures. While it is not exactly a one-pan preparation (you need a skillet and a pizza pan), breakfast pizza is always a hit.
If your gathering is happening closer to the lunch hour, you may want to look to dishes like a leek, bacon and tomato tart, a smoked salmon quiche or the classic quiche Lorraine. You can make the crust (or the whole pie) in advance to have more time with your guests. The free-form crust of a greens and potato galette makes it a less fussy savory pie to prepare. For no crust at all, there is always creamy, custardy cherry tomato clafouti. A classic Caesar salad — or a vegan Caesar — or a simple salad of mustard greens or beet greens would complement any of these dishes nicely.
Whatever you serve, remember to pour yourself a glass of what everyone else is drinking and to photograph what you make before everyone digs in. As she did with your kindergarten finger paintings and pasta-bean art, your mom will want to display those pictures on the refrigerator — or post them on social media so that she can kvell about the wonderful meal you cooked to celebrate Mother’s Day.
A perfect omelet is soft-centered and bright yellow. To make a perfect omelet, the egg yolks and whites must be mixed to a completely uniform state. Then cook it very slowly.
A Tex-Mex egg dish that is well known throughout the Southwest, this version calls for tortilla chips, but if you have some stale corn tortillas, it's a great way to use them up.
New Mex Migas
A cousin of chilaquiles, migas are eggs scrambled with green onions, chopped green chile, tortilla chips and cotija cheese topped with black beans, more cheese, Mexican sour cream and cilantro.
YieldsServes 4 to 6
Silky Scrambled Eggs
Using chopsticks to stir melted butter and eggs results in a delicious hot breakfast.
Almond Dutch Baby With Honeyed Figs
This easy, gluten-free almond Dutch baby is served with quick honeyed figs spooned over the top for a delicious breakfast or brunch that is sure to impress.
YieldsServes 2 to 4
Hot and Fluffy Pancakes
Fluffy and hot all at the same time, diner-style pancakes are the best breakfast for two.
Passion Fruit-Poppy Seed Muffins
These passion fruit-poppy seed muffins are a spin on classic lemon-poppy seed muffins, but where the passion fruit brings the acidity.
GGET Vegan Strawberry Muffins
Strawberry runs through these super-soft muffins with swirls of jam in the batter and fresh-cut fruit on top.
YieldsMakes 1 dozen
More-Berries-Than-Batter Blueberry Muffins
Blueberry muffins, here packed with more berries than cake batter, are the perfect breakfast treat for mornings when granola just won't cut it.
Sweet Potato Bread
Sweet potatoes bring more natural sweetness and tenderness to this bread loaf than pumpkin, and a combination of oil and yogurt keeps the slices from drying out.
Time1 hour 30 minutes, largely unattended
YieldsMakes 1 9-by-5-inch loaf
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread With Peanut Crumble
Chocolate chip banana bread is made extra delicious in this recipe thanks to the addition of dark chocolate and a crunchy peanut crumble on top.
YieldsMakes one 9-by-5-inch loaf
Cinnamon walnut monkey bread
Monkey bread is relatively easy to morph into this fantastically gooey brown sugar-cinnamon breakfast bread.
Time1 hour 20 minutes
YieldsServes 10 to 12
Homemade pop tarts
Homemade pop tarts are revelatory. Flaky crust encasing a jammy center and popped in the toaster just long enough to warm the tart, give a sudden crisp to the edges and a bit of steam when you break it open.
YieldsMakes 8 pop tarts
Crisp Everyday Waffles
Dead simple and nearly instant, this pantry-staple batter makes waffles that are extra crisp outside and tender inside.
YieldsMakes 6 (7-inch) waffles
Ultimate Overnight Waffles
This yeasted waffle batter rests in the refrigerator overnight, developing deep flavors and making breakfast easy.
YieldsMakes 1 to 2 dozen.
Bacon bloody Marys
Blend tomatoes with Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, chipotle chiles, horseradish, olives and seasonings. The secret ingredient is bacon, which gives it heft and extra richness.
YieldsServes 6 to 12
With plenty of chilled Champagne and fresh orange juice on hand, you can mix mimosas easily. For a more potent cocktail, add a splash of liqueur.
YieldsMakes 6 drinks
Egg and Cheese Skillet Pancake
Soft-cooked eggs, complete with runny yolks, dot this large pancake, which also features sharp cheddar cheese and chopped chives.
Breakfast pizza starts with a serious crust and ends with mozzarella and ricotta, but instead of tomato sauce in between, it's Italian sausage, sauteed kale and eggs.
Time1 hour 10 minutes
Leek, Bacon and Tomato Tart
This savory tart captures the season's bounty with young leeks, tomato and bacon.
Time2 hours 40 minutes, plus 3 hours chilling
YieldsServes 8 to 12
This quiche recipe, from chef Mark Peel, features smoked salmon and caramelized onions — a satisfying and original combination of favorite morning flavors.
YieldsServes 6 to 8
Le Pain Quotidien's quiche Lorraine
Le Pain Quotidien's quiche combines sauteed leeks and onions, diced ham and grated Swiss cheese suspended in a fluffy egg filling and baked in a crisp, buttery pastry crust
Time1 hour 30 minutes
Greens and Potato Torta or Galette
This luscious pie works well with a number of greens — chard, rapini, beet greens, spinach, whatever looks best in the market.
Time2 hours 15 minutes
YieldsServes 6 to 8
Savory Cherry Tomato Clafoutis
This savory clafoutis transforms the traditional sweet baked custard dessert with whole cherries into a breakfast dish using cherry tomatoes instead.
Mustard green salad
Sam Sifton's light, refreshing salad of peppery mustard greens, croutons and toasted pecans in a lemon vinaigrette is not a Caesar and has no kale.
YieldsServes 4 to 6
Salad of beet greens with walnuts
Massaging a small portion of the vinaigrette into the mustard greens will soften them; they will shrink in volume and darken in color.
Classic Caesar Salad
Whole Romaine leaves are coated in a light yet rich dressing of lemon, Parmesan and garlicky oil. Eggs and anchovies optional.
YieldsServes 1 to 2
Lodge Vegan Caesar Salad
This totally plant-based version of Caesar dressing blends nutritional yeast with miso and tahini. Lemon juice and cider vinegar balance the richness.