You can never fully repay her for all that she’s done, but a well-cooked meal can help inch you closer. Here are our best Mother’s Day recipes, from brunch to dessert. And don’t forget the cocktail.
Mother’s Day Brunch Recipes
Let her sleep in and have breakfast (or brunch) ready when she wakes. The organized among us can prepare this overnight French toast on Saturday night and pop it into the oven first thing Sunday. These baked eggs with kale, bacon and cornbread crumbs or these huevos rotos are excellent served with hot sauce. Or spoil her with pancakes from the Brooklyn restaurant Chez Ma Tante, all rich and lacy-edged and fried in a glistening pool of butter. Quiche! Everyone loves it. Quiche Lorraine and this herb and goat cheese version are vegetarian, while this hearty bacon-Cheddar beauty is not. Whatever you make, serve it with bottomless mimosas and plenty of bacon.
Mother’s Day Cakes and Desserts
Make her a cake or dessert as fabulous as she is. A frothy coconut cake from Alison Roman or a labor-of-love Russian honey cake from Samin Nosrat would delight her. On the simpler end of things, there is always chocolate cake, lemon bars, chocolate chip cookies or Key lime pie. For the truly time-starved, may we suggest truffles or this one-bowl sugared shortbread? (If Mom’s a citrus fan, use your fingers to work in a tablespoon of fresh lime or lemon zest into the sugar before dusting the top of the shortbread.) Here are many more easy ideas.
Mother’s Day Dinner Recipes
Do whatever you have to do — hold the baby, put away your cellphone, cut the chicken into teeny-tiny pieces all by yourself — so Mom can enjoy an uninterrupted Mother’s Day dinner. Samin Nosrat’s buttermilk-marinated chicken is never a bad idea, nor is Melissa Clark’s pork tenderloin stuffed with herbs and capers (pommes Anna and green beans with ginger and garlic would make a worthy side for both). A sheet-pan roasted salmon Niçoise salad is an easy, though no less elegant, way out. And there’s always pasta: Colu Henry’s lemony pasta with zucchini and fresh herbs or seared scallop pasta with burst tomatoes and herbs would make her exceedingly happy.
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Mother’s Day Cocktails
Parenting is hard. Take the edge off with a sparkling Champagne cocktail, a French 75 or a glass of rosé sangria that’s as pretty as a picture. For something a bit stronger, a Negroni or a Boulevardier (like a Negroni, but with bourbon instead of gin) will do the job beautifully. And for the mom who loves to sing that Rupert Holmes song at karaoke, surprise her with a piña colada.