From breakfast casseroles to salads, hummingbird bread, muffins, quiches, fruit pizzas, even a coffee punch, these 31 recipes are sure to make planning and serving a spectacular brunch to celebrate Mom a breeze this year!
It’s almost Mother’s Day! And there’s no better person to celebrate than Mom- for all she does, for who she is and for the way she always loves us. Can we really fit all that into one day? Probably not, but kicking it all off with a great brunch is the perfect way to start.
This recipe collection will help you choose and create dishes that let mom know how special she is to you and she is sure to love. Every recipe is beautiful, easy to follow and delicious! Choose one from each group or just one or two recipes overall. Either way, you’re well on your way to letting Mom know just how special she is.
Want to Know More About Planning a Brunch?
Check out this guide to The Best Southern Brunch Menu to get all the ins and outs of planning a classic brunch on Mom’s special day! Aside from a put-together brunch menu, this guide answers questions like “What is on a typical brunch menu?,” “How to plan a brunch menu?,” and “What time does a brunch start?“
Table of Contents
- Want to Know More About Planning a Brunch?
- Breakfast Casseroles
- Breads & Butters
- Special Fruit Dishes
This pretty pink punch is an elegant blend of ruby red grapefruit juice, pineapple juice, frozen pink lemonade, bright citrus flavors and a tad of sparkle. Light, refreshing and non-alcoholic, this gorgeous sipper adds just the right amount of fabulous to your Mother’s Day!
Minty, light, and oh, so refreshing, this elegant Champagne Julep Punch is an easy, non alcoholic variation of the classic mint julep. Perfect for rounding out your Mother's Day celebration with a touch of southern flair.
Ditch the regular ol’ O.J.! Refreshing and bright, a Pineapple Orange Fizzy just sings brunch. This gorgeous, but simple recipe comes together in a flash right in the pitcher you plan to serve it in!
Celebrate Mom with this decadent Southern tradition- easy, delicious Coffee Punch! Made with strong brewed coffee, ice cream, & whipping cream, this is the the original mocha frappucino in a pretty little cup.
This easy breakfast French toast bake is loaded with plump, sweet red strawberries and buttery pecans. It’s a gorgeously inviting brunch casserole, wonderful for Mother's Day when strawberries are in season! Make it ahead of time or the day of. Just top it off with a drizzle of warm maple syrup!
This Banana French Toast Bake has layers of luscious caramelized bananas and rich, buttery croissants bathed in delicious egg custard and topped with crunchy frosted corn flakes! This special brunch casserole combines all of Mom's breakfast favorites in one delicious, easy casserole!
A brunch of eggs, sausage and cheese is no problem with this easy overnight breakfast casserole. What makes it such a breeze? Croutons. That's right! The egg and cheese soaks right into all those crouton nooks and crannies and bake up into an incredibly tasty brunch. Mom will never guess that you put this foolproof dish together the night before with zero prep!
Make-Ahead Blueberry Breakfast Bake is a little bit french toast, a little bit blueberry pancakes and every bit exactly what every brunch table needs. Full of plump, ripe blueberries, golden sourdough, eggs, sweet cream and a hint of cinnamon and vanilla, this simple breakfast casserole is one of those comfort dishes Mom will love!
Simple layers of flour tortillas, cheese, green chiles, and Canadian bacon, soak in an egg and cream mixture just before being baked into the golden yumminess known as Green Chile Strata. The chiles aren’t spicy, and the tortillas puff up into what is almost a soft pastry. This brunch casserole is a stand out partner to a tasty fruit salad and is one that you will be oh, so glad you tried.
There’s nothing like the classic combo of savory ham and punchy Swiss cheese. This easy-to-make quiche takes Mom's favorite to the next level with a little green onion, red pepper flakes, dried mustard powder and Worcestershire sauce. Plus a secret ingredient inspired by every great ham and swiss sandwich to make sure your quiche is rich, velvety and oh-so, just right!
Who doesn’t love a good BLT? This easy breakfast BLT Quiche isn’t your regular fussy quiche! Loaded with bacon, tomatoes, spinach, green onions, feta and cheddar cheese, it’s one heckuva BLT!
This easy recipe for Sausage Mushroom Quiche bakes up delectable goodness every time. Loaded with savory Shiitake mushrooms, ground sausage, fresh spinach and sharp Parmesan cheese, this quiche is guaranteed to be Mom's new favorite!
Some days nothing beats a fresh spinach salad loaded with blueberries, green apples, almonds & feta. It just lightens things up! And topped with an easy homemade orange poppy seed dressing, this delightfully bright & refreshing salad is hard to beat with a savory brunch breakfast casserole.
This easy fruit salad is filled with apples, dried cranberries, green grapes, kiwi and strawberries for a cheerful festive look! Tossed in a simple cinnamon orange honey dressing, this crisp and sweetly tart salad makes the eyes and the taste buds happy!
Light & refreshing, this Tropical Orange Jello Salad is loaded with mandarin oranges, pineapple, bananas and topped with a cloud of coconut flavored, sweetened sour cream. Sprinkle on a few sliced almonds and you have a delicious layered salad/dessert that is perfect for a festive brunch!
Capture everything delicious about spring with this fresh and vibrant Strawberry Asparagus Salad recipe with an easy balsamic vinaigrette! Ideal for Easter, Mother’s Day, cookouts or even as a light meal, this gorgeous seasonal salad is as pretty as it is tasty!
Not your regular fruit salad, this salad plays off the classic pairing of sweet apples and mildly salty cheese with the crisp crunch of celery and a sprinkling of walnuts. Waldorf with a twist, Apple Cheese Celery Salad is ideal for the brunch table!
Breads & Butters
What good southerner can resist anything named hummingbird? Moist and tender Hummingbird Banana Bread is loaded with sunny pineapples, ripe bananas, sweet coconut and buttery pecans. Just like the classic southern Hummingbird Cake, this dense quick bread will be Mom's new favorite taste of the tropics!
There’s nothing better than a big, fluffy muffin packed with fresh fruit for Mother's Day brunch. And these Farmstyle Buttermilk Strawberry Muffins are guaranteed to deliver on all counts! Plump red strawberries, rich buttermilk and just the right amount of “home” will have Mom convinced these muffins are fresh from the farm.
Even though cake is in the name, this recipe is more like a pull-bread or monkey bread than cake and is made using pieces of canned biscuits. It's easy, easy and oh-so delicious. Did we mention stunning? It's always a centerpiece at any brunch!
Fluffy pillows of canned biscuit dough, fried up golden brown and dusted with powdered sugar, are the perfect short cut for creating melt-in-your-mouth New Orleans-style Beignets. Crisp on the outside, soft and tender on the inside, these bite-sized doughnuts add a little Louisiana flair to your brunch menu.
Easy homemade Blackberry Buttermilk Biscuits add a whole new level of amazing to breakfast, brunch, even dessert! Loaded with plump, ripe blackberries, topped with a bright & zesty lemon glaze and just the right amount of buttery goodness, these berry-loaded biscuits are the something special you’ve been looking for!
Enjoy bold lemony flavor with this easy Lemon Monkey Bread recipe & its rich lemon curd glaze. Canned biscuits, a sprinkle of sweetness and our secret ingredient– jello (that’s right)– make it so easy. Outrageously delicious, moist and full of tart lemon flavor, you’ll swear you’ve captured a bit of sunshine with each bite.
These unbelievably fluffy and tender muffins will make you forget they are absolutely loaded with all the stuff Mom says is good for you- like shredded carrots and zucchini! Lightly sweetened with brown sugar & cinnamon, made super moist with sour cream and sprinkled with the nutty crunch of walnuts, these Delicious Carrot Zucchini Muffins are the perfect way to round out your brunch menu!
There’s not anything that makes a brunch seem more special than a compound fruit butter served with hot breads or biscuits! Raspberry Lemon Butter, not too sweet and not too tart, this light pink lemony butter is like pure sunshine melting over pancakes, french toast, even dinner rolls!
Easy whipped coconut orange butter is just the thing for adding a little something special to your table. Spread it over a warm stack of pancakes or waffles. Tuck it inside hot biscuits, steaming dinner rolls, tender croissants, muffins… and that’s just the beginning of the list! A light blend of tropical coconut & bright citrus, this sweetly flavored cloud of butter will have you thinking of spreads in a whole new way.
Special Fruit Dishes
This blackberry mint pizza with subtly sweet marscapone cheese, plump blackberries, and blackberry jam is perfect for brunch. A gorgeous mix of bread, cheese, fruit, and herbs, this fruit pizza has all the ingredients of a romantic picnic without the picnic basket!
If Mom loves heavenly strawberries and cream, then you are in some kind of luck! This Summer Sweet Strawberry Bisque captures everything that’s good about that classic combination and serves it up in a chilled bowl of fabulous goodness! Just a few minutes in the food processor is all it takes.
If Mom loves a warm biscuit piled high with sticky sweet figs and topped with bacon, then this recipe is a MUST for your brunch. Tantalizingly sweet & savory, Bacon Fig Pizza is topped with dried (or fresh) figs, fig preserves, chopped bacon, goat cheese and shaved Parmesan. A true comfort food, this wonderful flat bread recipe is perfect for celebrating all that Mom does.
Looking for something different to make for Mom this Mother's Day? This French-toasted blackberry grilled cheese gives a whole new meaning to breakfast sandwich. Plump blackberries & sweetened cream cheese, lightly french toasted and sprinkled with powdered sugar. Think Monte Cristo, but better!
Does Mom love fruit pizza? A dazzling star at brunch, this easy version of fruit pizza looks fancy, but isn't hard to make! Fresh fruit, a simple cream cheese filling, honey lime glaze and sugar cookie dough crust is all it takes!
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