10 Mother's Day Brunch Recipes That Celebrate Spring

Smørrebrød With Yogurt, Beets, and Eggs
Photo: GREG DUPREE

This Mother's Day, we're honoring Mom with an elegant brunch menu. It's likely she's spent quite some time cooking for you and your family over the years, and we love having the opportunity to return the favor.

Mother's Day falls at the perfect time for embracing all the fresh produce spring has to offer, and incorporating the season's best ingredients into her much-deserved celebratory meal makes it that much more special. Give her the gift of homemade brown butter waffles, a fresh-baked potato tot casserole, a tropical creamsicle smoothie, hearty Italian baked eggs—or all of the above. You can serve it to her on a tray breakfast-in-bed style or gather around the dining room table. Once she's finished with her breakfast, shower her with one of these genius Mother's Day gift ideas, a thoughtful hand-written card, and don't forget to cue up one of her favorite films. Only the best for your number one!

Here's a roundup of deliciously simple Mother's Day brunch ideas that will make mom feel loved, appreciated, and seriously satisfied.

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French Toast Casserole

French Toast Casserole
Charles Masters

What's the best thing since sliced bread? Sliced bread layered in a casserole dish, soaked in a sweet, eggy custard, and baked. Voila, French toast for a crowd. To make ahead, soak the bread and custard in a bowl overnight. In the morning, layer in a casserole dish and bake as instructed.

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Brown Butter Waffles

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Greg DuPree

Waffles are probably the kind of food mom frequently makes for everyone else, but rarely enjoys herself. Change that with these breakfast treats, which we're betting you'll want to make over and over again. The simple secret here is melting butter and continuing to cook it until its color turns bronze. The ingredient becomes nutty and caramel-like, adding an irresistible flavor to an otherwise ordinary waffle recipe. And if you want your waffles to be light and airy, be sure to separate the egg whites from the yolk, then whip the egg whites until soft peaks form. Our favorite part about this recipe is that it's just as good when made in a big batch, and the resulting waffles freeze exceptionally well.

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Spiced Rice With Crispy Chickpeas

Spiced Rice With Crispy Chickpeas Recipe
Caitlin Bensel

Make mom feel like she's taken a trip to an exotic location with this flavorful rice dish, which just so happens to be vegetarian-friendly. The two main ingredients—rice and canned chickpeas—are pantry staples that get a major upgrade courtesy of melted shallots, garam masala, and dates. Crispy, turmeric-spiced chickpeas and pistachios add a crunch and nutty flavor to this dish, respectively.

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Italian Baked Eggs

Italian Baked Eggs
Jen Causey

Wow mom with this Italian egg dish, which is conveniently big enough to feed the whole family. It's starts with a hearty tomato sauce base that includes turkey sausage and sautéd onion and garlic, and is then topped with four eggs before being baked in the oven. Serve with some mozzarella-topped toasted bread so mom (and you!) can scoop up every last bit of that tomato-y goodness.

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Tropical Creamsicle Smoothie

Tropical Creamsicle Smoothie
Greg DuPree

Dessert for breakfast is always a brilliant way to celebrate, but even better if the dessert is secretly healthy. Enter this tropical creamsicle smoothie recipe: it's filled with fresh mango, apple cider vinegar, coconut milk, and carrots (a vegetable!). Serving it with a straw is the final touch to helping mom feel relaxed and refreshed.

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Smørrebrød With Yogurt, Beets, and Eggs

Smørrebrød With Yogurt, Beets, and Eggs
Greg DuPree

Smørrebrød is an open-faced sandwich from Denmark, where densely seeded bread is slathered with butter and piled with artfully arranged toppings like pickled herring, cheese, eggs, and herbs. The variations are endless! In this lighter version, yogurt swaps in for the butter, and a fresh marinated beet salad adds fresh tang. Top it off with jammy soft-cooked eggs and briny capers for an especially exciting way to serve your mom her breakfast. If guests are coming, double the recipe and cutt into bite-sized slices.

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Baked Oatmeal With Cranberries and Almonds

Baked Oatmeal With Cranberries and Almonds
Con Poulos

This make-ahead whole-grain dish is the perfect breakfast for a busy Mother's Day morning. Serve the dish warm, drizzled with cream or milk. Leftovers will keep refrigerated for about a day.

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Lemon Iced Tea

Lemon Iced Tea
Maura McEvoy

You can't go wrong with lemonade, especially when it's combined with some freshly brewed tea. This refreshing beverage, which is virtually impossible to mess up, is great to make as part of a larger brunch or lunch spread. First you'll heat the lemon peel and some sugar in a saucepan to create a homemade syrup, then you'll steep tea bags in boiling water before stirring in the syrup, fresh lemon juice, cold water, and ice cubes. Garnish the whole thing with some fresh mint leaves and you're good to go!

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Potato Tot Breakfast Casserole

Potato Tot Breakfast Casserole
Greg DuPree

If you're looking for a Mother's Day brunch dish for the whole family to enjoy, this one is it. It's packed with tater tots, which kids love, and has the normal suspects, like sausage, eggs, and cheese for the grownups. Pro tip: If you like spice, use spicy sausage inside the casserole and top it with sliced jalapeños.

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Strawberry Buckle With Pecan Streusel

Strawberry Buckle with Pecan Streusel
J Muckle

Make the most of in-season strawberries with this easy-to-make buckle that requires just 20 minutes of hands-on work. In addition to the fresh strawberry filling, this dessert features a pecan streusel topping that perfectly complements a scoop (or two!) of smooth vanilla ice cream.

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