For your dad’s special day, you absolutely need a special meal. Father’s Day sometimes gets a reputation for playing second fiddle to Mother’s Day, but one of the best ways to show your father you care is with a great meal that shows you’ve really thought about what he would enjoy.
1. Breakfast in Bed
Moms get breakfast in bed on Mother’s Day a lot, but why shouldn’t dad enjoy eating from his bed just as much? The key is having something easy to eat and not serving it too early: let dad sleep in!
Bacon and Cheese Waffles
Dads tend to like savory as much as sweet, so combine them in this recipe for an all-in-one flavor of perfect breakfast. If you use a pancake mix, it’s easy as can be. The key is getting the bacon really well crumbled so it spreads its flavor throughout. Be sure to use a nice, sharp cheese.
Pecan Sugared Bacon
To make this delicious recipe, all you need are some chopped pecans, pepper, brown sugar, and bacon. Make sure to use thick-cut, smoked bacon to make it extra special.
A perfect brunch needs a great cocktail. Try a Sweet Sunrise for a dash of delicious orange. It’s perfect because it adapts well to non-drinkers, too. Hold the tequila if you want to serve a sweet, gorgeous-looking drink without the alcohol.
2. BBQ Extravaganza
The BBQ can be so much more than just hot dogs and hamburgers; or even steaks! Here are some outside-the-box recipes for a grilling extravaganza dad won’t soon forget:
Blackberry Glazed Chicken
If you think chicken is bland, you won’t after you try this. The blackberries give an amazing sweet tingle to white wine vinegar and whole grain mustard. This one is most tasty when you use bone-in chicken.
Whether you’re serving dogs, burgers, sausages, or kabobs, you won’t be able to get enough of this tangy grilled coleslaw. Use red cabbage (it holds together better than green) and put on the dressing once the cabbage is grilled. It’s good on absolutely everything.
Dessert is nearly a food group in itself, and as long as the grill is fired up, why not try slitting some banans, filling them with marshmallows and chocolate chips, wrapping them in foil, and then grilling them for a few minutes? Alternately, you could slice a pound cake and throw it on the grill, then top it off with cherries and some whipped cream. Amazing!
3. Vegan Dad
If your dad isn’t into the meat, you can still make his day amazing! Here are a couple of ideas to get you started:
For the Brunch
Peanut butter and banana pancakes: you can’t go wrong with that combo for a brunch splurge. To avoid too great a sugar crash, try this delicious plant protein-powered, vegan pancake mix.
For the Grill
The key to making this amazing recipe really great is not to skimp on the seasoning and to make sure to microwave your sliced potatoes before you throw them on the grill. Substitute vegan cheese for the gorgonzola or leave it off entirely–they’re delicious on their own!
Let these ideas inspire you, and keep your dad’s preferences in mind as you plan. He’s sure to love what you come up with for Father’s Day: primarily because it comes from you!