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30 Recipes to Make Your Mother Proud for Once

Buy some flowers, too, while you're at it.

by Munchies Staff
May 10 2018, 6:00pm

Photo by Heami Lee.

Guess what! Mother’s Day is this Sunday! You didn’t know that?! Same! *laughs nervously* It’s fine, it’s fine, it’s totally fine. Your mom is too cool for a mimosa brunch at a mediocre restaurant serving crappy pancakes and limp bacon, anyway. And that’s exactly how you’re going to turn this situation around in your favor. You’re going to treat your mom to a homemade brunch that will look like you’ve actually been planning this all along. No cookie cutter formula of over-priced breakfast buffet and sad-looking bouquet of carnations for your Mother Dearest. Craft a brunch menu that is tailor-made to fit her style, and get all those favorite-child-brownie-points for being the one who really understands your mom. So queue your brunch-vibe playlist. (Wanna make her cry? Try Bruce Springsteen's "The Wish.") Pen her a heartfelt letter about how much she means to you despite how terrible you are sometimes, like Lil Wayne did that one time. Then, curate your menu from some of our favorite brunch items that we pulled together that are anything but lame, just like Mom.

Let Mom kick back, put her feet up, have full control over Netflix all day so she can binge watch Downton Abbey to her heart’s content, and keep the frosé flowing.

Let’s not pretend all moms are wine moms. This is essentially a big-batch beer cocktail with nothing more than Pilsner, amaretto, and orange juice. For the mom who does not think it's charming to call wine “mommy juice.”

Have you ever caught your mom muttering something like, “I guess if I wanted it done right, I shouldn’t have asked anyone else and just done it my damn self,” under her breath? Right, so best to avoid assuming you know her preferred Bloody Mary preparation and let her do it herself.

Ayesha Curry is, among many other seriously impressive titles like TV star and entrepreneur, also a busy working mom. We would bet she would co-sign on this spritzer with two types of wine on a day dedicated to celebrating her.

Who among us would dare to not call the moms in our lives Absolute Ballers™? They kept our sorry asses alive this long, haven’t they? Toast them appropriately.

We are also very much not here for any of this “whiskey is a man’s drink” nonsense in the Year of Our Lord 2019. Make your whiskey-loving mom a sophisticated mint-infused Old Fashioned.

Show mom that you want to keep her around for a long time with this aggressively healthy breakfast smoothie, if alcohol isn’t her thing.

A little sweet, a little savory, and a little tart. These baked pears are perfect as a brunch appetizer.

Two of the best breakfasts mashed into one because it’s Mother’s Day, and mom shouldn’t have to choose between her faves.

None of that popping cinnamon rolls out of a cardboard tube stuff. Mom deserves from-scratch, warm, gooey cinnamon buns with plenty of icing.

Make Mother’s Day brunch both swanky as hell and whimsical, by swapping the traditional buckwheat mini-pancakes for waffles to serve your average, everyday caviar on.

Dry scrambled eggs will not impress mom. Creamy, perfectly slow-cooked eggs, however, get you that coveted favorite child slot.

Take the extra step to make these maple cheddar biscuits from scratch, and your breakfast spread will seem even more impressive.

Every other chump will be making pancakes on Mother’s Day, and every mom will pretend they’re great when they probably suck. Waffles—really good waffles—are the move.

Just like not all moms are wine moms, not all moms want French toast and eggs Benedict. Nothing wrong with a high-quality breakfast burrito to celebrate the low-maintenance mother figure in your life.

Eggs Benedict might be the obvious brunch choice, so go for Eggs Blackstone instead, which swaps out the traditional hollandaise for a rich, creamy cheese sauce.

This galette is far more foolproof to execute than a quiche, and lets be honest, quiche isn’t that great anyway.

What you really want out of avocado toast is the avocado, right? So minimize the delivery method with a thin, crispy tortilla instead of a big hunk of toast.

Eggs, cheese, ham—all of the best things about breakfast, in a convenient sandwich form, plus béchamel sauce.

These ponchiki from Portland’s Kachka are best served warm, and with fresh raspberry jam.

You know what shows mom you love her? Learning how to laminate croissant dough.

All of the flavors of the perfect bagels-and-lox situation, but in a salad, to keep things fresh. Go all out and cure your own gravlax, too.

These Appalachian-style quick-pickled, herby cucumbers from chef and historian Michael Twitty will add a little kick to your brunch buffet offerings.

A vibrant, über-seasonal salad to show Mom you’ve been listening all those times she told you to eat your vegetables.

These garlicky green beans would be great as a side, or as a main dish topped with a perfect fried egg.

Chess pies are a Southern classic that start with a sweet custardy base, and this is perfect as an early summer dessert with a whole dang pint of blueberries.

The best thing about galettes is that they’re supposed to look a little rustic, so you don’t have to stress too much here. But definitely don’t skimp on the homemade whipped cream.

Why not start and end the meal with a little booze? Mom will appreciate that. This version is finished with a little bit of a semi-sweet sherry.

If mom’s a little more into sweet than savory, you can’t go wrong with this classic carrot cake, with just a little coconut to kick things up a notch.

This easy, springy upside-down cake isn’t too sweet, making it just right for breakfast, brunch, or even dessert.

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