10 Father’s Day Dinner Recipes Dad Will LOVE June 9, 2018

by Eat

You could give him a tie, or you could treat him to a home-cooked Father’s Day dinner. Decisions, decisions…

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What better way to celebrate all the dads this Father’s Day than with a deliciously simple, home-cooked dinner? We scoured the recipe archives to find ten of our top-rated summery recipes — many of which happen to also be grill-worthy. Now all you have to do is decide which screams I LOVE YOU DAD the most.

1. Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Cucumber Tomato Salad

Grilled cheese is one of those classic comforts guaranteed to put a smile on dad’s face. So how could it possibly be improved upon? By adding juicy, fall-apart-tender pulled pork, which basically makes this sandwich a hug for your taste buds. That’s how. And since all that warm, gooey goodness needs something cool to calm it down, we’re adding a tomato cucumber salad to make the meal complete. Get the recipe here.

2. Chicken Sausage Pizzas with Broiled Zucchini and Fresh Oregano

What better way to show dad you love him than with a classic pizza night? In this recipe, you’ll top the base with layers of tomato sauce, cheese, and sausage. And because a little bit of green is always a plus, there are slices of zucchini and some fresh oregano, too. All these ingredients work together to deliver a dad-approved masterpiece that will keep you by the oven door, anticipating the moment of peak pizza meltiness. Get the recipe here.

3. Crab Cakes Under a Meyer Lemon-Dressed Salad with Fingerling Potatoes and Lemon Aioli

Crab is one of the gems of the sea: it’s tender and sweet in ways that other shellfish can only aspire to. So when our chefs devised this recipe with ready-to-cook crab cakes, we knew it would be impossible to resist (and that dad would agree). The cakes have just enough breading and veggies to give them the perfect amount of moistness, tenderness, and crunch. To let them really shine, we’re keeping the sides simple: a salad with lemon dressing and potatoes roasted with smoked paprika. Get the recipe here.

4. Double Decker Cheddar Burgers with Sriracha Lime Sauce and Sweet Potato Wedges 

We’re joining forces with Heinz to jazz up various recipes, like this irresistibly cheesy, juicy burger that has dad’s name written all over it. The secret to its melty goodness? Heinz Mayonnaise, which adds just the right amount of creaminess to each bite with high-quality ingredients like 100% cage-free eggs. Get the recipe here.

5. Cranberry-Drizzled Duck with Watercress Salad and Mashed Potatoes

We’re pulling out allllll the stops for dad, which means duck is most definitely called for. In this recipe, we use sweet cranberry sauce to make the crispy, pan-seared duck breasts truly dazzle. The rich meat is brightened by the berries’ tart fruitiness, resulting in a wave of bold flavors. Add some buttery mashed potatoes and a peppery watercress salad to the side, and you’ve got a meal dad’ll drool over. Get the recipe here to cook it for Father’s Day.

6. Steak Fajitas On The Grill with Lime Crema and Southwestern Spices

We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate all the dads out there than with some juicy steaks sizzled on the grates — although the meat isn’t the only thing in these fajitas that’s got a nice char: the tortillas, bell pepper, and onion are grilled, too. And while that smoky flavor from the flames may be the epitome of summertime eating, no need to fret if you can’t fire up a grill — this dish can also be made indoors. Get the recipe here.

7. Grilled Sirloin Steak with Tomato Corn Salsa, Potatoes, and Charred Scallion Butter

This whole dish was also specially designed to be cooked over the flames. First, the potatoes are roasted in a foil packet, then on go the scallions and corn for a nice char. Towards the end, the steak is added and allowed to get those coveted grill marks. Get the recipe here.

8. Vibrant Veggie Skewers over Herbed Couscous with a Corn Feta Relish 

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This summery stunner of a meal is perfect for all the vegetarian dads out there. Chunks of zucchini, mushroom, and bell pepper join forces with tangy mustard, fluffy couscous, and sweet corn. But the best part? The creamy feta cheese… obviously. Get the recipe here.

9. No-Fuss Pesto Chicken with Potatoes and Green Salad

Pesto: you’ve had it on pasta or maybe as a dip, but here we’re spreading it onto oven-roasted chicken breasts. This way, it acts like a glue to hold down a layer of panko breadcrumbs. The result? Herby aromatics, meaty juices, and crispy golden goodness in every bite. Talk about a trifecta of deliciousness for dad. Get the recipe here.

10. Barbecue Turkey Burgers with Cheddar Sauce and Potato Wedges

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This burger recipe is as no-fail as they come, and not just because putting cheese on it is the answer to everything. It’s also because the turkey patties and potato wedges are seasoned with barbecue spices for extra warmth — plus you gotta give a shout out to to the tomato and dill pickle slices on top. Get the recipe here.

Now that you’ve got dinner covered, it’s time to talk dessert. You could go the citrusy route with this flourless orange almond cake or these super simple citrus curds, but if dad’s a fan of chocolate, we highly recommend taking the “nice” cream route.

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