Easy and Elegant Mother's Day Brunch

by Bridgette R. Odom

Mother's Day BrunchWould you like to let mom know how much you love and appreciate her? You could send a card or buy a gift...or you could invite the whole family to a brunch in her honor.

Here's an elegant and easy menu to help you celebrate Mother's Day. Each quick and painless recipe offers a wow factor any mom would appreciate!

Before we unveil our springtime Mother's Day Brunch menu, we have a few tips that can help you get organized and be prepared.

  • Plan and shop several days in advance.
  • Shop Saturday afternoon for fresh produce. You might want to add fresh flowers to your list!
  • Pick up baked goods early Sunday morning.
  • Make more than you think you'll need. You can freeze the leftovers for a lazy-day meal.
  • Make ahead when you can. Our quiche can be prepared a day ahead and reheated.
  • Think about the extras. Presentation can make a special occasion meal. A twist of lime, a tomato wedge, a leek circlet or a parsley sprig all add a festive flair.
  • Allow others to help. If someone offers, suggest what they can bring or how they can help.

Easy and Elegant Mother's Day Brunch

Smoked Ham, Leek and Gruyére Quiche: Begin with a light and tasty quiche. The leeks and mild dijon mustard complement the smoky ham and the gruyére cheese lends its rich and nutty flavor.

Arugula Salad with Mangos and Avocados: Add this exotic and exquisite side dish. The carefully arranged mangos and avocados provide a feast for your eyes...at least until your guests dig in!

Cranberry-Orange Scones: What could be a better accompaniment to quiche than scones, fresh from the oven? Feel free to switch out the cranberries for a different dried fruit, nuts or spices.

Fresh Fruit Cups: Combine your choice of fresh fruits such as berries, melon, grapes and bananas. Serve with a drizzle of blended yogurt and orange juice.

Layered Chocolate Crepes: Create an irresistible chocolate, melt in your mouth dessert or make it easy on yourself and serve a platter of heart-shaped cookies sure to say "I love you."

Fuzzy Mimosa: Squeeze half of an orange into a fluted glass, including some of the pulp Add 1/4 cup clear soda, sparkling cider or ginger ale. Garnish with a thin slice of orange. Although the classic mimosa contains freshly squeezed orange juice, you can use store-bought juice.

Did we cover your mom's favorites? If not, please share her favorite recipe with us. What's on your menu?