Mother's Day Brunch
This weekend is Mother’s Day, and I do hope that you’re all celebrating accordingly. If you did not make reservations out on the town for brunch, I’ve got a few ideas for you to whip up a nice meal at home for that special someone.
While many of you might serve elaborate dinners, or have forgotten that next weekend was a holiday and are left to scurry around to find a box of chocolates and some flowers, most of us will be opting to honor mom with brunch. Brunch can be an easy way to entertain friends and family, and it’s a hit with moms.
Egg-based dishes are simple to make ahead of time, can be served at room temperature and provide a good, protein filled anchor for a brunch buffet. Italian influenced Frittata, French inspired Quiche, or Chilaquiles [chee la kee less] – Mexican breakfast of scrambled eggs, tortillas, cheese and green chile – are ideal for a crowd. Add bagels and pastries, cut up fresh fruit and voila – brunch! Open a bottle of sparkling wine and the event becomes even more festive. Fresh squeezed orange juice adds class to mimosas and gives you a day's worth of vitamin C.
Here’s a quick Egg White Frittata with Lox and Arugula recipe from Food Network:
• 8 egg whites, at room temperature
• 1/2 cup whipping cream
• 6 ounces lox, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
• 1 lemon, zested
• 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
• 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 2 packed cups (2 ounces) arugula
• 1 clove garlic, minced
Put an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In a medium bowl, whisk the egg whites until fluffy, about 30 seconds. Add the cream, lox, lemon zest, salt, and pepper.
In a 10-inch, ovenproof, nonstick skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the arugula and garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, until the arugula has wilted, about 1 minute. Pour the egg mixture into the pan and stir to combine the ingredients. Cook, without stirring for 4 minutes. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake until set, about 10 to 12 minutes.
Slide the frittata onto a platter. Using a serrated knife, cut the frittata into wedges and serve warm or at room temperature.
Remember, brunch is a casual and fun way to gather your loved ones together and with all your cooking done early, you'll be left to enjoy the company of your mother dearest.