Father’s Day is quickly approaching, and what better excuse to cook up a festive feast in the great outdoors? This year, celebrate Dad with a homemade spread that features all his favorites, from bacon-y snacks, meaty mains, to boozy desserts. Just consider yourself forewarned: some of these recipes are crazy addictive; once your family tries them, they’re gonna ask for more!
While you’re thinking of which meat to grill up for Dad, make sure to check out the protein packs available through Home Chef. We have rotating selections each week with items like boneless ribeye, beef burgers, jumbo shrimp, and more. Simply add a protein pack to your weekly order and you’re all set to feast al fresco all summer long.
Snackables & Tasty Appetizers
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Think you can take the heat? Test your limits with Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers. These bite-sized starters have only six simple ingredients and can be cooked on the grill to keep the kitchen cool.
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Speaking of bacon, create a salty and sweet snack for munching all day long. Maple Candied Bacon is just three ingredients to the most addictive bacon you’ll ever eat. If you’re serving this with guests over, make sure to have plenty to go around.
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Whip up a batch of Boneless Buffalo Wings for a classic snack. It’s a lot easier than it seems to make this crowd pleasing appetizer. Plus, you get to use as much of your favorite buffalo wing sauce as you’d like. Extra sauce for us, please!
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Are the little ones eager to cook something for Dad? This recipe for Mini Pigs in a Blanket is an easy and tasty idea for kids to help with. Slice the dough and let them roll the little piggies. Dad will hardly be able to resist the proud look on their faces when they’re ready to eat.
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Last, but certainly not least, who can resist a Beer Battered Onion Ring? Make this snack fresh at home with a combo of spices mixed into all-purpose flour for restaurant-worthy rings. Pro Tip: lightly salt the rings right after they come out of the oil for maximum flavor.
The Main Event
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For a more classic steak dinner, we love Chef Jimmy’s recipe for Grilled NY Steak with Panzanella and smoky buttered corn on the cob. It sounds like a feast but only uses 8 ingredients total which is easy on the budget and kitchen.
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Impress Dad with steakhouse-worthy Grilled Pork Chops. Pairing thick-cut, bone-in chops with a flavorful marinade is a fool-proof way to ensure juicy results both on the grill or off.
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For the burger-lovin’ Dad, we’re embracing our Midwestern roots for a juicy, mouthwatering option that is too good to turn down. The Wisconsin Butter Burger is the ultimate indulgent recipe and it requires a lot of extra napkins. Pro Tip #1: We recommend a buttery Brioche roll to use as the bun. Pro Tip #2: While forming your burger patties, place an indentation in the center. The meat naturally rises as it cooks so thinning the center helps keep an even patty.
Sides, Sides, Sides!
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We love a tasty potato! Toss a few large ones in a zesty marinade from Sweet & Savory Meals before throwing them on the grill for the final touch. The trick to grilling potatoes is to parboil them so that they’re mostly cooked before finishing them. You get a fluffy, soft potato on the inside with a nice, crisp crunch on the outside.
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Grill up summer’s favorite golden side. Dad will love this recipe for Grilled Corn on the Cob with Jalapeño Butter. The sweet and spicy makes a perfect combo and pairs well with whatever else you’ll be grilling.
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As much as we’re loving the meat and potatoes theme, a little veg never hurt anyone. Josh over at The Meatwave knows his way around the grill, and his Spicy Brussels Sprouts and Broccoli are a deeply charred and flavorful companion to any protein.
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The only thing better than a chocolate cupcake is a Triple Chocolate Jack Daniel’s Cupcake. The whiskey appears in every layer of the treat – cupcake, ganache, and frosting – for a boozy dessert that’s definitely for adults only.
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If it’s a hot day and baking is out of the question, Dad will love a Boozy Cherry Coke Float. Use his favorite whiskey and vanilla ice cream to turn a childhood favorite into an adult treat. If he’s not a fan of Cherry Coke, use whichever soda he prefers instead.
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Stepping away from the booze (just for a minute), indulge in a gooey, crunchy, creamy, sweet, and salty treat. No-Bake Butterfinger Caramel Bars take one of the best candy bars of all time and turn it into a dessert that Dad will ask for every year moving forward.