Chef John's Greatest Brunch Hits For Mom
Pamper Mom, Granny, Nana, or/and your favorite Auntie this Mother's Day by featuring a lavish feast of Chef John's top-rated brunch recipes. These popular preparations hit all the sweet and savory spots, and vary in degree of difficulty from quick and easy to downright fussy. Those fancy pants creations are so worth the effort, though. Mom will appreciate every bite.
Chef John's Monte Cristo Benedict
Chef John's a master at whipping up egg dishes that can easily be the centerpiece at any special occasion. This Monte Cristo sandwich is no exception. "Imagine the best French toast you've ever had, combined with the best ham and cheese sandwich you've ever had, topped with perfectly poached eggs. You don't need any Hollandaise because the poached egg yolks are the sauce," writes Chef John.
Chef John's Asparagus Souffle
Chef John's Mother's Day souffle gets high marks from home cooks for being incredibly easy but also highly impressive. "Definitely 5 stars. My eight year old son was a bit afraid of the green color but the rest of us (including his younger brother) thought it was cool!" wrote Allrecipes cook Seattle2Sydney.
Spring Vegetable Frittata for Mother
Eggs come in so many shapes and forms, just like mothers. We love the quivering custard of quiche and frittatas. Beginners, however, appreciate the ease this versatile dish brings to the approachable frittata. "Great recipe! Tasted amazing, great veggie combo," wrote reviewer nicole.
Tortilla Chorizo Scramble
"This chilaquiles-inspired tortilla chorizo scramble is a great way to dress up high-fiber, whole wheat tortillas," writes Chef John. But this recipes only makes two servings, which is great if your Mother's Day is scaled down to just you and mom. If not, double it or triple it to feed the whole family.
Chef John's Breakfast Sausage Patties
If you've never DIYed your breakfast sausage, Mother's Day is a great time to try something super impressive and new. Ask your butcher for freshly-ground pork shoulder. From there, you'll get to be creative with how you season and spice the sausage, but Chef John's recipe earns high marks, so stick to it if you're not sure. "These turned out great. It's been a long time since I made my own sausage but these were way better than store bought," wrote reviewer jillypoo.
Salty, smoky, sweet — this is the perfect brunch recipe, if there ever was one. Candied bacon is an unique treat, one you certainly don't have time to make during the week, but let Chef John's recipe guide you to really great treat. Have leftovers? Sprinkle it on a Mother's Day cake for a fun addition.
Chef John's French Omelette
This isn't any typical diner omelette. Chef John's recipe is classic and French, with light, pillowy layers of eggy goodness. "A true French omelette, or omelet as we Americans call it, is just eggs and butter, no filling. The egg is folded for a soft, tender texture. It's 10% ingredients and 90% technique, so it does take a bit of practice to perfect," writes Chef John.
Chef John's Cheese Blintzes
If Mom's in the eat-dessert-first camp, she's definitely got a lot of company. Give a sticky fingered wave to blintzes. Instead of pancakes or waffles, spoil mom with cheese blintzes, thin, eggy pancakes encapsulating a luscious ricotta filling. Don't let the multiple steps in this recipe intimidate you; this is quite easy.
Chef John's Apple Fritters
Make this a fun baking project for you and mom. These doughy fried fritters are filled with crisp apples and warming spices, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Chef John uses cooked apples for a more silky texture. Have leftovers? Wrap them in plastic wrap or store in a zip-top bag to keep them fresh for two days.
"If these pancakes were any lighter, they would float off the plate--and I didn't even separate the eggs and whip the whites," writes Chef John. "I like to serve these with a pat of butter, a pinch of lemon zest, and a drizzle of maple syrup." Give us a slice of bacon and a cup of steaming coffee, and this is Mother's Day brunch perfection.
Chef John's Sweet Potato Muffins
You may think sweet potatoes belong in casseroles or pies, or alongside steaks and chicken, but once you see how much moisture and flavor they lend these fluffy muffins, you will be stocking up on sweet potatoes to make these a weekend tradition, not just a special surprise on Mother's Day.
Bacon and Egg Doughnuts
Frying doughnuts yourself may seem like a big task, but when you're having a casual Mother's Day brunch at home, there's no excuse to not bring out the fryer. This sweet-savory fritter is unique and special enough to merit the extra effort. "I went full breakfast theme, and topped mine with a little maple syrup, but feel free to get your beignet on, and cover them with a pile of powdered sugar," writes Chef John.
Baked Apple Roses
Give mom a bouquet of flowers that will really impress her — apple roses. These delicate floral foods are made with thinly sliced apples wrapped up in crisp puff pastry. They're almost too pretty to eat, but don't let that stop you.
Pecan Sour Cream Coffee Cake
You can make up mom's favorite bacon and eggs, but don't skip the sweet treat. Make this coffee cake the day before you intend to serve it; it will stay plenty moist and tender, and the rich buttery crumbs on top with will be crunchy enough for a great contrast in each bite.