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A Mother’s Day Dinner Menu That Pulls Out All the Stops

There’s lobster, there’s cake, and Mom deserves it all.

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Photography by: Christopher Testani

There’s only one day a year dedicated to Mom, so Mother’s Day is the time to pull out all the stops and prepare a beautiful spring-inspired dinner for her. We’ve created an elegant menu that shows how much you appreciate Mom, and because we appreciate you, we've added in make-ahead tips to help you in the kitchen.

 

The Menu

To start, turn pull-apart rolls into mini lobster rolls, one of our favorite appetizer hacks. Then revamp roasted chicken, turn it into an unexpectedly delicious chicken-and-bread salad with spring peas for an impressive main. At their peak sweetness now, baby carrots are delicious roasted and served on top of an addictive herby yogurt sauce with a crumble of feta. Finish the meal with an elegant pistachio-and-rhubarb cake, a perfect spring dessert.

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To Start

One of our favorite party tricks is turning pull-apart rolls into mini buns. It’s so simple, and everyone loves them. Just split the tops, stuff with lobster salad, and serve as is—everyone can pull off a roll (or two). Buying cooked lobster makes these adorable appetizers a cinch to make.

 

MAKE AHEAD: The lobster salad can be made the day before and refrigerated.

 

Get the Lobster Rolls Recipe
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Photography by: Johnny Miller

Main

Tonight’s main turns a classic dish, roast chicken, into a fancy affair by pairing it with buttery croutons and crunchy sugar snap and English peas. Then, a bright lemony dressing is drizzled over the top to bring the dish together, creating a chicken-and-bread salad. Top with delicate pea tendrils for a refined Mother’s Day look.

 

MAKE AHEAD: The croutons can be made and the peas cooked the day before; store them separately. Be sure to refrigerate the peas. Keep the croutons at room temperature so they stay crisp.

 

Get the Roasted-Chicken Bread Salad with Peas Recipe
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Photography by: Christopher Testani

Side

Here is a side dish that looks and tastes like it comes from a fancy restaurant but is surprisingly easy to make. Spread an herby yogurt sauce on the bottom of the plate, then scatter roasted baby carrots on top. Finish with crumbled feta and a handful of fresh herbs.

 

MAKE AHEAD: Roast the carrots before you get the chicken started and serve this side at room temperature. The sauce can be prepared and refrigerated up to 2 days in advance.

 

Get the Roasted Carrots with Parsley Yogurt Recipe
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Photography by: Christopher Testani

Dessert

For this special meal, bake a pretty pistachio cake that's adorned with tart rhubarb pieces. A generous sprinkle of granulated sugar before baking gives the cake a crunchy top. The recipe has a few steps, but they're relatively simple—and Mom is worth it.

 

MAKE AHEAD: The cake can be made (and baked) the day before.

 

Get the Pistachio-Rhubarb Yogurt Cake Recipe