Mother's Day Brunch Recipes

For the Home 04/15/12

Written By Marissa Jamison

Treat your mother to something special this Mother’s Day with a sparkling homemade brunch using recipes created by Chef Damien Cavicchi. Our winemakers recommend serving Biltmore Estate Blanc de Blancs.

Mother’s Day Sparkling Brunch Cocktail | Asparagus Frittata | Blueberry Pancakes | Homemade Turkey Sausage


Mother’s Day Sparkling Brunch Cocktail

Serves four

• 1 bottle Biltmore Estate® Blanc de Blancs
• 8oz. premium vodka
• 3oz. simple syrup*
• 3oz. fresh squeezed lime juice
• 8 fresh raspberries
• 4 fresh mint sprigs

Combine vodka, simple syrup and lime juice over ice and mix well. Once chilled, strain into champagne flutes, filling them 2/3. Top off with Blanc de Blancs, and garnish with raspberries and mint.

*Simple Syrup Ingredients:
• 1 cup water
• 1 cup sugar

Boil water, add sugar, and simmer three minutes until sugar dissolves. Cool completely.


Asparagus Frittata

Serves four

• 8 large eggs*
• 12 oz thin asparagus cut into one inch pieces
• 1 cup chopped green onions, white and green parts
• 1 cup Ricotta, drained well
• ½ cup shredded Pecorino Romano
• ¼ tsp. grated Nutmeg
• 1 tsp. Kosher Salt
• ½ tsp. Black Pepper
• 2 Tbsp. Butter

Preheat broiler to high heat. Crack eggs into a medium bowl, and beat well, adding salt, pepper and nutmeg, and reserve. Melt butter in a 10 inch nonstick skillet set over medium heat. Add asparagus and cook for about two minutes as asparagus turns bright green. Add green onions, cooking for about ten seconds, and then add eggs. Using a spoon, add the ricotta in dollops, mixing into eggs but leaving some clumps. Using a rubber spatula, lift the sides of the frittata, occasionally allowing uncooked eggs to run down to bottom of the skillet. Top with Pecorino Romano, and set under broiler until top is fully cooked and light golden.
Cut into pie shaped wedges and serve with fruit or salad.

*For best flavor, get eggs from a local source.


Blueberry Pancakes

Serves four

• 1 cup all-purpose flour
• 1 cup whole wheat flour
• 1 tsp. baking powder
• ½ tsp. baking soda
• ½ tsp. kosher salt
• 3 Tbsp. sugar
• 2 large eggs
• 2 cups buttermilk
• 4 Tbsp. melted butter
• 1 cup fresh blueberries

Mix dry ingredients in medium bowl. In separate bowl, beat eggs and then add buttermilk and butter. Add wet mix to the dry mix, and stir until combined, but not over-mixed. Heat electric griddle to 350 degrees or heat skillet on stove over medium heat. Spray cooking area with pan spray, and add desired amount of batter. Sprinkle in blueberries. When bubbles appear, flip the pancake and cook an additional one minute, or until second side is golden. Hold loosely covered with foil in a 225 degree oven until ready to serve if necessary.


Homemade Turkey Sausage

Serves four

• 1 lb. ground turkey (Do not use white meat/breast meat, as it is too lean.)
• 2 tsp. rubbed sage
• 1½ Tbsp. kosher salt
• 1 Tbsp. black pepper
• 1 tsp. red pepper flakes
• 1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar

Mix all ingredients, and reserve overnight under refrigeration to develop flavors. Form into two ounce patties, and cook in a preheated skillet set over medium heat until cooked through, about three minutes per side.

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