Thinking of joining the crowds at Mother’s Day brunch again this year? Consider giving Mom a break from the busy restaurant scene with an indulgent breakfast in bed, catered specifically to her tastes.
Breakfast in bed is a decadent treat every mother loves. Bringing Mom breakfast in bed means she can completely relax before she even starts her day—while letting her family take care of her for a change. Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity to spoil Mom with a savory or sweet (or both!) breakfast that doesn’t require her to get out of her pajamas or even go into the kitchen. Follow these tips to make this Mother’s Day the most memorable one yet.
1. First, decide what Mom craves most. Does she have a sweet tooth? Is she more of an eggs-and-hash-browns kind of gal?
For the savory lover, try an Eggbert’s Sunriser:
- 8 large eggs
- 1 ½ cups diced ham (optional)
- 20 steak fries or potato wedges
- 8 cups shredded potatoes
- 1 medium onion, diced
- ½ red bell pepper, diced
- 1 green bell pepper, diced
- 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced (optional to taste)
- 1 ½ cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- Canola oil
- Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground pepper
- Salsa or Pico de Gallo on the side
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Fry potatoes in oil in separate skillets until golden brown and season with salt and pepper. Drain and set aside.
Heat two tablespoons of butter in a large pan over medium heat. Toss in ham and veggies and sauté until the onions are soft.
In an ovenproof skillet, or four smaller skillets, start layering. Place the hash browns in first, then the ham and veggies, and top with the cheese. Put the skillet in the oven for a few minutes until the cheese melts. Remove the hot skillet with a heat-resistant oven mitt.
Fry up (or scramble) the eggs in the remaining butter.
Top the cheese layer with a few potato wedges and then place the eggs on top. Sprinkle with more cheese, if desired, and add some pico or salsa. Serve immediately.
For a sweet tooth, whip up these Blueberry-Lemon Muffins. Try grilling them with butter afterward to bring out the fresh blueberry flavor:
- 2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup sugar (brown or white) plus more for sprinkling on top of the muffins
- 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries, rinsed and dried
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- Freshly grated nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1 cup whole milk
- 2 large eggs, at room temperature
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Prepare a 12-cup muffin tin with liners.
Whisk sugar, flour, salt, baking powder, and nutmeg in a bowl.
Melt butter. Whisk the eggs, milk, lemon zest, and vanilla into the butter.
Make a small hole in the dry ingredients. Pour the milk mixture into the well, and stir with a spoon until moist but lumpy— be careful not to overmix or the muffins will be hard! Gently fold in the blueberries. Spoon the batter into the muffin pan and add sugar on top.
Bake muffins at 375F for about 25 minutes or until golden brown. Remember to rotate the pan halfway through baking. To check if muffins are done, place a toothpick placed in the center of the muffin. The toothpick should come out clean when muffins are fully baked.
2. Avoid messy dishes. This is the one time when extra syrup on the plate or a juice glass filled to the brim may be more mess than it’s worth. Try to keep all liquids in condiment cups or covered with a lid until you have her service tray secured at her side.
3. Indulge her. Does Mom like her blueberry muffins grilled? In Maine, home of the blueberry muffin, grilling them to buttery perfection is the only way to enjoy them. Adding a bit of maple syrup can make any muffin extra-indulgent. If she’s got a serious sweet tooth, try surprising her with a bit of extra fancy 100% Vermont maple syrup. It comes in a cute bottle, and it’s the real thing—without corn syrup or other additives—so it’s splurge-worthy on her special day.
If Mom has more of a savory taste for breakfast, try adding her some pink Himalayan sea salt in a small bowl with a three-peppercorn cracked pepper grinder on the side. And to keep things full service, don’t forget to offer to grind the pepper for her, white napkin folded over your arm—just like in her favorite four-star restaurant.
4. Dress to impress. The breakfast tray, that is. Add some of her favorite flowers, candy from the local gourmet confectioner, or a few decadent petit fours from the fancy French bakery she never has the time to indulge in. She’ll appreciate the extra effort!
(Pictured: The Parker Tray Table available exclusively at The Company Store. Resting on a scissor-style black iron base, the handsome tray table features a hammered, brass-finished tray top that removes for effortless entertaining.)
5. Have the right equipment ready in advance. A sturdy serving tray with handles, designed for transporting food and containing spills, is a must. Surprising Mom with a special new service tray in her favorite color can’t hurt either!
6. Remember, this is Mom’s Happy Hour! Don’t skimp on the Mimosas…or the extra-spicy Bloody Mary’s. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, try serving Mom a fresh Bellini made with Italian Prosecco and pureed peach pulp. If she’s not the cocktail type, simply replace the Prosecco with her favorite sparkling water for a delicious homemade spritzer in a pretty glass.
7. Finish the job and keep the mess behind the scenes. Assign cooking and cleaning duties to different family members if you can. Or, clean up as you go along so when Mom does see the kitchen, there’s no evidence of any mess to intrude on her day of relaxation.