Let Mom sleep in while you finish up making brunch.

By Laura Rege
May 01, 2018
Credit: Linda Pugliese

What says ‘I love you Mom' better than breakfast in bed? How about letting Mom sleep in while you prepare a delightful brunch for the family? Don't worry, you don't have to wake up too early-our menu is packed with make-ahead tips.

When Mom wakes up, greet her with a glass of cold-brew coffee and a beautiful array of fresh vegetables and veggie chips with a 3-ingredient savory yogurt dip. Then sit down for a decadent main, French toast stuffed with ham and Gruyère, balanced with a simple yet satisfying salad. For dessert, serve sliced tropical fruits with a crunchy coconut and pistachio topping.

The Menu

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Every good brunch begins with coffee. Our DIY cold brew recipe brings this trendy beverage into your home at a fraction of the price and is all made ahead. In the morning, all you need to do is strain the coffee and serve the cold brew over ice with Mom's favorite milk.

MAKE AHEAD: Combine ground coffee and water the night before and let steep overnight.

Toast Mom with a pitcher of bright, beautiful citrusy cocktails.

MAKE AHEAD: This big-batch drink can be made up to a day before serving.

Za'atar, a flavorful Middle Eastern spice blend, is the star of this easy 3-ingredient yogurt dip. With the help of a little bit of grated garlic, the spices carry the flavor of the dip, complementing the tangy Greek yogurt. Choose dippers that Mom loves, such as her favorite crisp vegetables cut into sticks, or go with colorful veggie chips.

Get the Yogurt Dip Recipe
Credit: Linda Pugliese


For an inspired sweet-and-savory brunch main, stuff French toast with ham and Gruyère cheese. The individual servings look elegantly assembled, and the cook's secret is that it's actually cooked as a casserole. A warm drizzle of maple syrup at the table seals the deal-this is one of the tastiest brunch dishes ever.

MAKE AHEAD: Assemble the French toast in a baking dish the night before so it's ready to bake in the morning while you finish the rest of the meal preparation; that takes one big thing off your day-of to-do list.

Get the Baked Stuffed French Toast Recipe


Balance the flavor-packed stuffed French toast with a lighter side, a frisée salad. Pick out beautiful greens, as they make all the difference for the presentation. Drizzle with a classic Dijon vinaigrette and sprinkle with toasted pistachios to serve.

MAKE AHEAD: Make the vinaigrette the night before and refrigerate, covered. Re-whisk before serving if the dressing separates.

Get the Frisée Salad with Pistachios and Dijon Vinaigrette Recipe


Tropical fruits on their own are such a treat; for Mom pair them with coconut-pistachio crunch. The crunch is essentially an oat-less granola with lots of nutty coconut and lime flavor and a subtle cayenne kick, and it's sure to become the new favorite fruit topping in your household. Mom will appreciate the beauty and freshness of this dessert.

MAKE AHEAD: The coconut-pistachio crunch can be made up to 3 days ahead. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Get the Tropical Fruit with Coconut-Pistachio Crunch Recipe

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