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Mother’s Day 2021 is right around the corner, and that means one thing: it’s time to make brunch for the maternal figure in your life. Be it a spouse, parent, caregiver, aunt, uncle, grandparent or beloved family friend, few things show someone how much you love them better than getting up early and cooking a big, hearty meal — especially if they don’t have to do any of the planning, cooking or cleaning up afterwards.
But knowing which of the all-time best brunch recipes to cook for your mom or the mother of your children can be kind of hard to figure out. Luckily, Google is here to help. Job-seeking site Zippia used Google trends to determine what breakfast foods moms in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., disproportionately searched for leading up to Mother’s Day 2020. And if you think your mom wants yogurt and some scrambled eggs, well, prepare yourself for a big surprise.
Bacon may seem like the most popular breakfast meat, but according to Google Trends, sausage is actually queen on Mother’s Day. In total, moms from 14 states favor sausage: Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Washington and Washington, D.C. If you live in one of those states or agree that sausage is the superior breakfast meat, you have tons of delicious options for Mother’s Day. We like a classic breakfast casserole with sausage (which has the benefit of being a make-ahead breakfast) or these spicy mini quiches with chorizo or breakfast sausage. If mama is a vegetarian but still wants some sausage, make some satisfying patties out of tempeh.
Beloved bacon is the No. 2 Mother’s Day brunch food. It’s the star in Colorado, Delaware, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Oregon and Rhode Island. You can cook up bacon in a skillet or in the air fryer and pair it with perfectly-scrambled eggs. If you want to really treat your mom, you can go all-out and make a braised bacon tartine or let bacon be the star of the show in this savory bacon and sweet potato hash. If you want to cook with the kiddos for your partner this Mother’s Day, keep it simple with a NYC-inspired bacon, egg and cheese bagel.
It’s time to get into the sweeter side of brunch and for Alaska, California, Illinois, Massachusetts and New Jersey, that means pancakes! You can go the classic route and make simple pancakes using ingredients you likely already have in your pantry or you can kick things up a notch by making lemon ricotta pancakes. If you want to get really celebratory, you can even make pancakes out of cake mix. Mother’s Day is a holiday, after all!
Pancakes aren’t sweet enough for the special mamas in Arkansas, Hawaii, Michigan and West Virginia. They want big, fluffy cinnamon rolls. If they love a rich, buttery flavor, try this recipe, which uses butter extract (yup, it’s a thing!) for a ton of deliciousness. If decadent is the name of the game on Sunday morning, you can’t go wrong with cinnamon rolls that are infused with cookie dough — yeah, you read that right. Plant-based parents need not worry about missing out on that cinnamon roll fix, either. We have a fluffy vegan cinnamon roll recipe that’s just as good as the dairy-packed ones.
There are dozens and dozens of ways to cook eggs, but for moms in Connecticut, Florida, Iowa and Louisiana, you can’t beat an omelet. Making a perfect omelet can be tricky, but with practice, you can learn to master omelet making (and other ways to cook eggs). You can celebrate spring with an herb-packed omelet or go down south and embrace a pimento cheese-stuffed omelet.
Maryland, Nevada, Texas and Virginia moms don’t want a simple fruit cup and yogurt on Mother’s Day — they want to go all out with chicken and waffles. Making this dish for your spouse or parent takes some time, especially if you want to make your fried chicken and waffles from scratch. Get the flavor and feel of this iconic dish with less effort by making chicken and waffle bites or a chicken and waffle casserole, both of which use popcorn chicken and toaster waffles.
It’s a holiday! Parents deserve a happy start to the day and in Idaho, Maine, Vermont and Wisconsin, that means one thing: bloody Marys. A perfect, classic bloody Mary can be made with vodka, tomato juice and Worcestershire sauce. You can zest things up by making a DIY bloody Mary bar packed with pickles, celery, bacon, peppers, olives and hot sauce. If you want it all in one glass, follow this zesty bloody Mary recipe, which gets some heat from horseradish.
In North Dakota, moms are all about the best potato sides, specifically hash browns. You can cook her up a breakfast sandwich and pair it with a McDonald’s-style hash brown or keep your potatoes simple and flavor them generously with paprika and onions. You can also turn your tots into a main dish by making a scrumptious SPAM and potato hash.
On Mother’s Day, Oklahoma moms embrace breakfast tacos, one of life’s greatest pleasures. Keep them vegetarian-friendly with a simple yet satisfying combination of black beans, eggs and potatoes or level up your tacos by added crumbled chorizo.
Moms in Kansas must be thirsty — they prefer to start their day with a simple glass of orange juice. That’s fine and dandy, but if you want to treat your mom, mix up some margaritas with OJ. You can also take some orange juice and make this minty mango smoothie or more healthy smoothies that still taste great.
Montana mamas know the best way to drink OJ is in a mimosa — this classic brunch cocktail was disproportionately searched-for in Big Sky Country. Pop some bubbly and mix up some mimosas. If OJ isn’t your jam, this easy-to-follow recipe has recommendations for how to use other favorite fruit juices and garnishes.
Moms in Wyoming know comfort food when they see it, which is why they’re looking for biscuits and gravy. Embrace this Southern staple by whipping up homemade buttermilk biscuits and pairing them with savory, thick gravy using pan drippings (and add some sausage in for good measure). If baking biscuits isn’t your forte, you can also make a biscuits and gravy casserole using canned biscuit dough.
In South Dakota, the most uniquely searched Mother’s Day brunch dish is French toast, which is surprisingly versatile — and a great way to finish off a loaf of bread. You can keep it classic, make an indulgent stuffed French toast or get the little ones involved and make freezer-ready French toast sticks. No matter how you cook your French toast, it’ll pair perfectly with these other spring brunch recipes perfect for any occasion.
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