Recipes to Make Dad for Father’s Day

With Father’s Day right around the corner, we asked some of our staff to have their dads pick out recipes for the perfect meal they’d like made. Some put a cocktail at the top of their list while others focused on savoring a sweet element at the end of their meal (in true dad-fashion). Either way, we invite you to take inspiration from our own dads when making your Father’s Day meal. Maybe you’ll choose to add in Bombay-Style Sandwiches for a quick and cooling lunch in the heat. Or, much like our own fathers, you’ll choose to make dessert the star with our Hazelnut Avocado Semi-Freddo.

Online Editor Emma Riva’s Dad’s Picks

Great Gourmet Burger

On a wood picnic table sits a wooden board covered in Great Gourmet Burgers with drinks nearby and a bowl of potato salad.

Nothing screams Father’s Day like a burger fresh off the grill! Our Great Gourmet Burger is the ultimate experience made with four-meats and any toppings you desire. Who knew bacon, beef, turkey, and pork could go together so well?

Bombay-Style Sandwiches

A person holds a Bombay Style sandwich with a pink blanket below their hands. A while plate with various food item sits at the top of the photo.

This street-food combines the textures of creamy cheese, juicy tomatoes, and crunchy cucumber for a simple but flavorful lunch. Make your own Peanut Mint Cilantro Chutney to smear between the layers of cheese and vegetables and complete our Bombay-Style Sandwiches

Spaghetti alla Nerano

A bowl of Stanley Tucci Inspired Spaghetti alla Nerano sits next to two glasses of white wine.

Classic and Italian, Spaghetti alla Nerano uses thinly sliced zucchini and the addition of provolone which coats the spaghetti in a creamy sauce. Plus, this recipe is inspired by Stanley Tucci’s to bring the dad-vibes fully to life. 

Editor-in-Chief Keith Recker’s Dad’s Picks

Cosmopolitan, A Cocktail for Libra

A cocktail for Libra includes tow glasses filled with a pink cosmopolitan with lemon garnish against a black background.

Who says pink, fruity drinks can’t be for dad too? We wouldn’t blame him for wanting to sip on our version of a Cosmopolitan flirting with orange liqueur, lime and cranberry juice, simple syrup, and vodka. Bonus points if dad’s a Libra too!

Watermelon Salad

Watermelon salad in a spiral bowl, which is placed on a napkin, Pieces of watermelon in a smaller bowl

Watermelon may not be your first choice of salad topping but we promise this Watermelon Salad will immediately change your mind. We complement the sweet taste of watermelon with chunks of salty feta cheese, the tang of lemon juice, and earthy, farm-picked vegetables.

Sheet Pan Roasted Shrimp, Clams, Asparagus, and Leeks

Roasted Shrimp, Clams, Asparagus and Leeks on a sheet pan, garnished with lemon wedges. Sheet Pan Roasted Shrimp, Clams, Asparagus and Leeks Recipe

A filling bowl of seafood may be just what dad craves, and is so easy for you to make. Just coat shrimp, clams, asparagus, and leeks in butter, white wine, lemon, and parsley before roasting in the oven. 

Director of Operations Star Laliberte’s Dad’s Picks

Halibut and Asparagus in Papillote with Olive and Herb Relish

A plate of fish in papillote with an olive and herb relish.

While this meal looks complicated from the photo, it’s actually as simple as wrapping your Halibut and Asparagus in parchment paper (papillote) with a brushing of Olive and Herb Relish. It’s then baked in the oven for a tender and elegant result. 

Baby Kale Salad 

Baby Kale Salad with Citrus-Marinated Artichoke Hearts and Lemon Vinaigrette on a white plate with a fork in the salad and a container of dressing to the left.

Salads should be made to leave you satisfied and this Baby Kale Salad hits all the marks. We top it with citrus marinated artichoke hearts and a homemade lemon vinaigrette dressing. It’s fresh, summery, and great for lunch on Father’s Day. 

Hazelnut Avocado Semi-Freddo

Hazelnut Avocado Semi-Freddo served on two different bowls, which are placed on pans

Of course you have to end Father’s Day with a treat as sweet as dad. The use of avocado in this Semi-Freddo adds a touch of unique flavor while also creating a super smooth base for caramelized hazelnuts to be sprinkled over top.

Story by Kylie Thomas

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