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    The 35 BEST Mother’s Day Recipes

    Looking for some special meals to cook for mom this year? This collection of Mother’s Day Recipes is here to help!

    From breakfast to dessert, and everything in between, this list has it all.

    Whether your mom leans towards elegant mains, or cozy comfort food, you’re sure to find plenty of great dishes to feed her here.

    Go through all of these great recipes, and you’ll never wonder what to cook on Mother’s Day again!

    The BEST Mother's Day Recipes.

    The Best Mother’s Day Recipes:

    1. Spanish Clams with Chorizo

    We’re starting this list of Mother’s Day Recipes with our own Spanish Clams with Chorizo.

    Clams are simmered with cannellini beans, chorizo sausage and great flavor enhancers. It’s an amazing tapas dish

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    2. Smoked Salmon Flatbread

    This recipe has a great combination of flavors: cold smoked salmon, dill infused cream cheese, capers, fresh tomatoes, arugula and a nice squeeze of lemon juice. It’s like your bagels and lox taken to the next level!

    This flatbread makes a great brunch or light dinner that comes together in no time.

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    3. Crockpot Tuscan Chicken

    This right here is a winner, winner Chicken dinner!! This is just ❤️

    Once you make this and find out how amazingly delicious it is compared to the efforts you put in, it’s going to be your forever favorite. It has that creamy, dreamy, garlicky parmesan sauce with spinach and sundried tomatoes.

    It’s the perfect meal to enjoy on Mother’s Day.

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    4. Eggs Cochon

    There is nothing more classic for breakfast or brunch than eggs benedict, and this New Orleans variation is may be the best yet!

    Fresh buttermilk biscuits are topped with cochon de lait, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce. So good!

    5. Garlic Butter Steak Bites

    Take your beef to a new level with these tasty pan seared garlic butter steak bites. Perfectly cooked bite sized morsels of tender steak drenched in garlicky butter.

    No slaving over the stove for these, they’re ready in under 15 minutes.

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    6. Portuguese Mussels (Moules à la Portugaise)

    This Portuguese Mussels (Moules à la Portugaise) recipe is so delicious that you will think you are having it in a fancy restaurant. The best part of this dish is its delectable rich sauce.

    Make this super easy and tasty Portuguese Mussels for Mother’s Day or any special occasion.

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    7. Chicken Cacciatore

    This classic rustic Italian dish is extremely flavorful. Chicken thighs are cooked to fall off the bone tender low and slow along with onions, tomatoes, Italian fresh herbs, vegetables, and wine. Your whole family is going to love this delicious Italian meal.

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    8. Moussaka

    Moussaka is to the Greeks what Lasagna is to Italians. A rich tomato meat sauce layered with eggplant instead of pasta sheets, and topped with a thick layer of béchamel sauce, this traditional Greek recipe takes time to assemble – but it’s well worth the effort!

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    9. Tacos Gobernador

    Tacos Gobernador means Governor’s Tacos in Spanish. They are shrimp tacos out of Sinaloa, the Pacific coastal state of Mexico.

    They are bold in flavor, slightly spicy and wonderfully crispy.

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    10. Shrimp Saganaki (Greek Shrimp with Tomatoes & Feta)

    Shrimp Saganaki – Now we are talking some serious flavors in this Greek favorite. Some incredible flavor combo happens when you cook plump shrimp in a garlicky savory tomato sauce and finish it off with salty feta.

    You’re mom will be mighty impressed with this dish!

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    11. Firecracker Salmon

    If you’re looking for a new recipe to really jazz up your salmon, this is it! It’s salty, it’s sweet, and it’s a little bit spicy! Firecracker salmon just may become one of your new go-to recipes.

    The sauce really complements the rich salmon. It’s great for any special occasion!

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    12. Creamy Lemon Chicken

    It’s creamy… it’s buttery… it’s smooth and silky… The Sauce… THE SAUCE IS THE KING HERE… the magical concoction that happens in the end is so delish!

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    13. Köttbullar (Swedish Meatballs)

    Köttbullar… These meatballs coming out of Sweden are as famous as IKEA and Abba. So much so that about two million of them are gobbled down each day in IKEA stores alone.

    These succulent, juicy, slightly spiced balls are cradled in a rich, buttery, savory gravy. This is seriously something that’s quite high on the indulgent level.

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    14. Scallop Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes

    This Scallop Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes is one of our favorite new recipes. It’s super quick and easy, in about 20 minutes you have a restaurant quality meal on your table.

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    15. Caponata – Sicilian Eggplant Relish

    Meet Caponata – Sicily’s sweet & tangy cousin to France’s ratatouille. They are kinda similar, though the Sicilian one has loads of more flavor punch.

    A great make ahead appetizer to serve over crusty bread, or use next to chicken or fish.

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    16. Surf and Turf Nachos

    Surf and Turf Nachos will be a huge hit! Perfectly marinated steak, succulent shrimp and all your favorite fixings atop a bed of crispy tortilla chips.

    These make a perfect Mother’s Day appetizer!

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    17. Steak Pizzaiola

    Juicy and tender, your favorite steak cooked a little different. Trust Italians when it comes to good eating. This steak smothered in tomato, aka pizza, sauce is absolutely brilliant…It’s absolutely delicious, and every bite you will make a nod or two to heavenly skies.

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    18. Shrimp de Jonghe (Butter Garlic Shrimp Casserole)

    Shrimp + garlic + sherry + butter + aromatics in Gratin style. This is one of the gastronomic glories of Chicago, yet is virtually unknown everywhere else. The shrimp are blanketed in garlicky, sherry laced bread crumbs.

    You can serve a gorgeous dish as an appetizer or a complete meal alongside some crusty bread.

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    19. Shrimp and Grits

    Shrimp and grits is a Lowcountry southern classic. Succulent shrimp and smoky andouille sausage are smothered in a savory gravy that tastes out of this world delicious.

    Then, all is piled on top of creamy, cheesy grits. Just perfect…

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    20. Chicken Provençal (Poulet à la Provençal)

    Take a peek into my pot. Beautiful golden brown chicken braised in white wine, nestled between eye catching green and black olives, plump cherry tomatoes, oh-so French shallots, tangy capers along with plenty of garlic and herbs.

    Life can’t be more beautiful… Merci beaucoup!!

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    21. Mediterranean Braised Chicken with Apricots

    This gorgeous Mediterranean braised chicken is your coq au vin taken to the next level! So many layers of flavor, yet so easy.

    This is a perfect crowd pleaser dish for any special occasion.

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    22. Baked Salmon with Mango Salsa

    Are you tired of eating your salmon with just salt and lemon? This vibrant and tropical recipe will take your favorite fish to a whole new level of deliciousness!

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    23. Lamb Ragu

    This Lamb Ragu is an incredibly flavorful and comforting Italian sauce. Tender ground lamb is simmered low and slow in a well seasoned tomato sauce.

    It’s made with simple ingredients, and is easy to make. It just requires a bit of patience, because these amazing flavors take time to develop.

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    24. Zuppa Toscana

    Zuppa Toscana has all the elements of classic Italian fare, with that rustic feel you get by adding different layers of flavors. Fresh produce, bacon, sausage, cream…

    These flavors and textures combine for the most comforting and savory dish, which will result in some seriously addicting eating!

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    25. Stunning Scrambled Eggs on English Muffins

    Here is the best way to Make Scrambled Eggs! Toasted English Muffins topped with soft, buttery and luxurious scrambled eggs with peppers, cherry tomatoes and baby spinach.

    All is sprinkled with goat cheese, making a super delicious breakfast that will be requested for every Mother’s Day.

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    26. Gambas al Ajillo (Spanish Garlic Shrimp)

    If you like your scampi, your are going to love this Spanish twist on your beloved garlicky shrimp. We are just going to swap butter with “good for you” olive oil, plenty of it.

    This recipe comes together in less than 30 minutes and can be best served with crusty bread. Perfect easy appetizer for any special occasion.

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    27. BBQ Ribs

    These Oven Baked Ribs are the BEST, hands down! They cook low and slow, until the meat is so tender that teeth are totally optional.

    It’s so simple to cook perfect baby back ribs, just a few minutes of hands on time, then your oven does the work.

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    28. Cherry Tomato Confit

    This next dish is a real beauty. Bunches of cherry tomatoes, heavy glugs of olive oil, a handful of garlic cloves, a few herbs… Cherry Tomato Confit!!

    Luxuriously soft, melt-in-your mouth, juicy and bright flavor bombs. Serve with crostini for an amazing appetizer.

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    29. Easy Baked Brie with Nuts and Honey

    This Easy Baked Brie with Nuts and Honey recipe is one of the easiest appetizers to make, and looks very impressive, just like some fancy restaurant.

    You will love this brie cheese and its perfect pairing of sweet, savory, nutty and earthy flavors. This dish will definitely be a showstopper in your Mother’s Day celebration.

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    30. Biscuits and Gravy

    Biscuits and Gravy are the South’s ultimate stick to your ribs breakfast. They’re also about as “comfort foody” as you can get.

    Who wouldn’t want to wake up to fresh, hot buttermilk biscuits loaded up with a creamy gravy full of flavorful pork sausage?

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    31. Cajun Shrimp Scampi

    Everybody loves their classic scampi, right? Fat, succulent shrimp sautéed in rich buttery, garlicky, lemony sauce with a splash of white wine, and topped with a sprinkling of parsley and parmesan.

    This recipe is your favorite shrimp scampi enhanced with Cajun seasonings. It’s an elegant meal that won’t disappoint.

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    32. Mediterranean Zucchini Boats

    These Mediterranean Zucchini Boats are Zucchini boats are a cute and creative way to make zucchini.

    These are filled with ground beef and some great Mediterranean flavors.

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    33. Clam Linguine (Linguine alle Vongole)

    Clam Linguine, or Linguine alle Vongole, is an elegant restaurant quality dish. But don’t be intimidated, it’s super easy to make.

    It’s a gorgeous, yet light, pasta in a lemony, garlicky wine sauce. This is one of those dishes that is easy enough for any weeknight, yet impressive enough for special occasions.

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    34. Flank Steak Fajitas

    How about a skillet full of tender, seared to perfection strips of marinated steak? Of course they are incomplete without vibrant, colorful peppers, some lime, plenty of cilantro and a little avocado.

    You would be pleasantly surprised that this beautiful platter can happen in less than half an hour.

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    35. Surf and Turf Shrimp and Grits

    Surf and Turf Shrimp and Grits – We’ve just taken Shrimp and Grits to a whole new level… we’ve made it Surf and Turf!

    Plump shrimp and our garlic butter steak bites combine for the ultimate grits topper. Now that’s one great way to end this list with a bang!

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    What to Cook for Mother's Day

    Treat mom to a real treat with one of these great Mother's Day Recipes this year. We love this easy creamy lemon chicken:


    • 6 chicken thighs
    • 1 Tbsp paprika
    • Salt to taste
    • Pepper to taste
    • 4 tablespoons butter
    • 3 Tbsp chopped garlic
    • 1/2 cup heavy cream
    • 1.5 cups chicken broth
    • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
    • 1 lemon, juiced
    • 4 cups fresh baby spinach
    • 1 tsp dried thyme


      1. Season chicken thighs with salt, pepper and paprika.
      2. Melt 2 tbsp butter in oven-proof skillet over medium high heat. Add chicken and brown, about 5-8 minutes per side, until golden brown. Set chicken aside, remove excess fat.
      3. Melt 2 tbsp butter in skillet. Add garlic, cook until soft. Add broth, cream, lemon juice, parmesan and thyme. Stir, bring to boil, then reduce heat to low.
      4. Add spinach, simmer until spinach has wilted.
      5. Return chicken to skillet, bake at 400°F for 30 minutes.
      6. Season with fresh thyme springs, if available. Enjoy!

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