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Fluther foodies! Any suggestions to enhance our Mother's Day brunch?

Asked by tedibear (16392 points ) May 4th, 2012

My in-laws are coming for brunch on Mother’s Day. Yes, this is a good thing. I have wonderful in-laws! I’m looking for possible additions to the menu.

I plan to make a frittata (not sure what kind yes, so if you have suggestions, please share!), a french toast casserole and fruit salad. Dessert will be either key lime or lemon pie and brownies. I was thinking about making little skewers with grape tomatoes, fresh or smoked mozzarella, basil and olive oil. I’ve also made mild peppadew filled with goat cheese and that has been successful. I’m considering making a nice chewy bread with a crispy crust, but am not sure it’s necessary. Except that I really like to makes bread!

My father-in-law and brother-in-law both have a sweet tooth, but my husband, mother-in-law and I prefer a balance.

Any suggestions, additions or ideas?

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Blackberry's avatar

Eat an actual mother.

nikipedia's avatar

You are crazy; I can’t imagine a better brunch!

Maybe mimosas or bloody marys if you’re feeling really decadent, but as far as I’m concerned you’re not missing a thing.

tedibear's avatar

@Blackberry – I would happily roast my brother-in-law’s mother-in-law, but I doubt that she would taste good.

@nikipedia – Yes, I am crazy, thank you for noticing! Just trying to make sure there’s nothing that would be a great enhancement.

I see Coloma up there typing. I’m headed to bed, but am happy that there will be another answer when I get back here tomorrow.

nikipedia's avatar

If you want a really nice presentation, you can’t beat fresh flowers for the table, or even as garnishes.

Coloma's avatar

Yep, you’ve got it covered, OMG! Key lime pie would be one of my favs. down girl down lol

fundevogel's avatar

I’m a big fan of Dutch babies. I had one this morning.

gailcalled's avatar

How many people are you feeding?

Sunny2's avatar

Your menu sounds wonderful, as is. I was going to suggest a colorful fruit salad, but looking back, I see you’ve already thought of that too. I’d make the pieces of fruit as large as inch size and garnish it with mint leaves if they are available. Sprinkle with lemon juice if you make them way ahead of time. Tie a thin stemmed flower around each napkin. You may have so many dishes that there won’t be room for a flower centerpiece. Have a good time!

marinelife's avatar

It sounds great just like you have it planned! Yum. Have a wonderful day.

As for the frittata, how about arugula? It’s wonderfully peppery. Here is a recipe for a bacon, leek and arugula frittata.

chyna's avatar

I knew I should have had kids.

woodcutter's avatar

Try one of those edible Mothers Day bouquets with the fruit and stuff. They look really yummy.

cazzie's avatar

When is mother’s day?

lillycoyote's avatar

Mimosas! If you and they, all of you are drinkers, that is. Mimosas enhance any brunch. Particularly strawberry mimosas.

If you or they are not drinkers or if brunch is too early for a drink here is a recipe for alcohol-free mimosas. I can’t vouch for that recipe though. I have never made or had an alcohol-free mimosa, but I thought I should offer it as an option.

JLeslie's avatar

Sounds yummy already, but my cholesterol goes up with your menu, lots of eggs. I absolutely love frtittata and french toast, but I severly limit how much I eat of that stuff. What about some toast points or bagels and smoked Salmon/lox? Or, a spiral cut ham? I think most people would like the cheese and tomato skewers, but I wouldn’t eat it.

Truth is you know the people best, and what they like. If you already have four dishes for a small group, you probably have enough.

Mimosas are a great idea, and those who just want plain orange juice will have that available too. I love cranapple juice and ruby red or regular grapefruit juice combined served over lots of ice. You could add vodka to it if you wanted, maybe Champagne too, I never tried that. I drink it sans alcohol. It makes a pretty pinkish colored drink.

hearkat's avatar

@cazzie: In the USA, Mother’s Day is observed on the 2nd Sunday in May – which falls on the 13th this year.

Coloma's avatar

You can’t go wrong with fresh strawberries either. Tis the season for strawberries.
I always tend to go overboard and make too much extra stuff, but, better too much than too little, and then, of course, you can enjoy all the leftovers for a few extra days! :-D

I’m doing a b-day party dinner for my daughters boyfriend tonight. Having grilled Bavarian ham sandwiches with provolone cheese on sweet french rolls with avocados, potato salad, deviled eggs, veggies and dip, chips and dip, and german chocolate cake with ice cream bon bons. I can’t WAIT! lol

laurenkem's avatar

The whole menu sounds great and I would love to be at your house that day! You’re really going all out for these people. As for the skewers, if it were me, I would stick with the fresh mozzarella as opposed to the smoked; I just think it pairs better with the tomatoes that way.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

The menu sounds fabulous but like @laurenkem, I’d opt for plain, fresh mozzerella.

tedibear's avatar

Thank you all for your ideas and suggestions! There will be five of us, but I like to send people home with leftovers. As well as having some for us. It’s interesting to see how others would balance sweet and savory.

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