My husband and I have yet to host a holiday. The idea of it makes my palms sweat! Between my very opinionated Italian grandmother and three picky brothers, I never hear the end of “This isn’t how mom makes it!” or “Your cookies don’t taste good, I like mine better,” whenever I try to bring a dish to a holiday gathering. But I have to start somewhere, so my husband and I decided to host a Mother’s Day brunch for our families. I figured this is a great starting point since we have no traditional recipes. I have a blank canvas and can make whatever I want! My mom is gluten free, but besides that, there are no special diets. My plan is to incorporate a lot of dishes she can eat and throw in some gluten-friendly ones for her too! We will be cooking for 8-9 people (depending on how many of my brothers come home).
Mother’s Day Brunch Menu:
- Red and white wine from Saltwater Farms Vineyard – This is where my husband and I got married; if you ever find yourself on the shoreline of Mystic, go for a wine tasting!
- Baked ham
- Spinach, cherry tomatoes, and cheese mini frittatas – I wanted to include an egg dish since it’s brunch, so my egg muffin recipe from last week inspired me to make mini frittatas for Mother’s Day too. They are just as easy to make as a large batch of eggs but easier for guests to grab and eat. I’m not following this recipe exactly. I’m going to use cherry tomatoes instead of sundried tomatoes and shredded mozzarella instead of goat cheese. And I’m not sure why it calls for soy sauce?? So I’m omitting that.
- Fruit salad
- Rosemary roasted potatoes
- Spinach salad with walnuts, sliced strawberries, and blue cheese with a DIY strawberry vinaigrette dressing. I want to serve some kind of green vegetable, but had trouble deciding on one because the oven will be busy in use. Eventually I decided a spinach salad will be the perfect choice and I can make it ahead of time before any guests arrive.
- Gluten-free banana bread – Using a box mix for this; since I don’t eat GF, I don’t have any GF flour.
Snapped these photos on Easter. Hopefully the meal turns out just as good!