Dads come in all different shapes and sizes – not every one of them wants a hulking steak and mashed potatoes for his big Father’s Day feast. Show Dad that you truly know and appreciate him by making something unique just for him. From a live-fire feast for the grill-pro Dad to the best-ever veggie burger for the crunchy vegetarian Dad, he will feel loved (and full!) on his special day.
Make Dad something that will remind him of his far-off travels. These saucy Honey-Garlic Korean BBQ Shrimp from Half-Baked Harvest have all of the punch and heat of Korean cooking, but use mostly ingredients that you already have in your pantry. Make these spicy grilled shrimp a meal by serving them with lettuce cups, steamed rice, lime wedges and lots of fresh basil and cilantro.
If your Dad rarely eats outside the box, make him something that is familiar, but seasonal and special. This Summer Chicken Parmesan from Cooking Light Magazine calls for quick-cooked cherry tomatoes, zucchini and garlic as a fresher topping alternative to marinara sauce.
If your Dad lives for grilling in the summer, make him this Sausage Mixed Grill from Food & Wine Magazine. The great thing about this recipe is, well, you don’t really need a recipe! Pick up a mix of fresh local sausages and skewer whatever vegetables are in season. Serve everything charred up and on a big platter with lemon wedges, hot sauce or even a simple chimichurri for drizzling.
Make your veggie-loving vegetarian Dad these hearty veggie burgers from How Sweet Eats. The hefty patties are made with barley, black beans, mushrooms and cashews. Garlic, onion and smoky paprika add flavor, while an egg yolk and oats keep it all together. While you can serve these on a bun, How Sweet Eats says they are even better in a crisp lettuce wrap.
For the Dad who is always itching to get to dessert, make him this Can o’ Beer Cake from The Food Network. A full can of American lager transforms an easy box cake mix into a light, fluffy and slightly yeasty cake. To amp up the beer flavor even more, use a darker ale or IPA instead of a light lager.