The Top 5 Dad’s Day Food

The title of our blog, which includes the word “girls,” sometimes seems to isolate those of you readers of the opposite gender. Fear not, guys, we’re thinking of your appetites too. There’s plenty on our site to please dad on Father’s Day, from meat and potatoes to a more healthful surprise–oatmeal.

**Tips & Tricks**

1. Meat. Probably the easiest answer to the “what should I make for father’s day?” question. This time of year, go for burgers or a steak, possibly on the grill (see #3). Broiled Flank Steak with Sautéed Wild Mushrooms and Chive-Parley Butter is an elevated, nuanced choice for a restaurant-style meal, and if it’s not crazy hot outdoors, Mustard-y Midwestern Meatloaf with Potato Puree is a meal to be drooled over. Delicious Ginger-Honey Chicken Wings fit the bill too.

2. Closet healthful. Many dads are more weight- and health-conscious than we’d imagine. Instead of just piling on the bacon, balance it out. Start the day with City Oatmeal with Blueberries and Dried Cherries or homemade Olive Oil-Maple Granola. Spicy Thai Beef Salad with Mizuma is a meaty yet light main course salad. Arugula Pesto Potato Salad is a hearty side and yet contains quality green veggies.

3. On the grill. Guiness-Marinated Flank Steak is the obvious choice here. Try making regular burgers, too, or Pork Burgers, which are a nice change of pace–pair ’em with non-grilled French FriesGrilled Salmon Sandwiches are top-notch for dads who don’t eat meat at all.

4. Best Ever. In our experience, guys tend to obsess over food perfection more even than food-blogging women. Take a tried-and-true favorite, and find a way to make it the best-ever. Our photographer Josh’s Giant Salty Chicken was finessed, over time, to have the crispiest skin and the most flavorful and juicy meat. Likewise, Evan’s Mini Crabcakes with Chipotle Mayo and Corn-Pepper Relish are time-tested and absolutely delectable. Phoebe’s Fried Tomato BLTs are a sandwich that’s died and gone to food perfection heaven.

5. Food Gifts. If dad is a cook, make him something he can use beyond the father’s day meal. A jar of homemade salsa, ketchup, or barbecue sauce keeps for a while in the fridge and will make future meals spectacular. Pancake mix is a good option for breakfast lovers, and snacks like Peanut Butter Granola Bars or more Cinnamon-Coated Nuts are awesome gifts as well.

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