4 Mother's Day brunch ideas to impress mom, from the adventurous to the classic

Nicole Hvidsten, Star Tribune on

Published in Entertaining

You're excused if Mother's Day sneaked up on you and you have nothing planned. But don't panic: A quick trip to the grocery store — and the flower shop — and a little quality time in the kitchen will make it seem like you've spent weeks planning a brunch fit for royalty.

If your honoree is an adventurous eater, a Persian Mixed-Herb and Feta Frittata should win her over. A variation on the traditional Persian dish kuku sabzi, it's loaded with fresh herbs and served alongside a dollop of lemony yogurt and a healthy splash of hot sauce. A feast for the senses.

If bagels are more your speed, try Everything Bagel Handpies. A simple dough — no yeast or rising required — is filled with green-onion-laced scrambled eggs and topped with everything bagel seasoning. Just add fresh fruit and voilà! A fun and portable brunch, perfect if you're a family on the go.

Or take the simplest of breakfasts, like pancakes, and make it special by adding bananas to the batter and infusing real maple syrup with fresh fruit. It's a snap, and it's delicious.

Of course, there's nothing wrong with sticking to what you know. Make bacon and eggs, but add White Cheddar Cornmeal Biscuits and you've just gone from ho-hum to holy cow. (Tiny hands will love to help with mixing.)

And please, don't let all that hard work go to waste — all those feel-good moments from brunch will evaporate if you don't clean up the kitchen, too.


Persian Mixed-Herb and Feta Frittata

Serves 4.

Note: To make lemony yogurt, whisk together 1 cup of whole-milk Greek yogurt, the juice of 1/2 lemon, 1/2 garlic clove, grated, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. From "Eating Out Loud" by Eden Grinshpan with Rachel Holtzman (2020, Clarkson Potter).

• 3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided


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