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15 Dishes To Make Dad’s Day

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Celebrate dad this Father’s Day with a meal that suits whatever plans he wants to make. Each recipe is easy to prepare and will keep you out of the kitchen and in the Father’s Day festivities.

Cocktails

Controlled Burn
This cocktail counters the spiciness of jalapeño peppers with the sweetness of agave and smokey flavor of mezcal.

High Society
The High Society is the timeless combination of gin and cucumbers with a splash of elderflower liqueur.

Appetizers
Photo by Bonnie Dickerson
Kettle-to-Table Cracklins. Photo by Bonnie Dickerson

Kettle-to-Table Cracklins
Homemade cracklins are a far cry from their counterparts found in a cellophane bag. Made from pork jowls and fried in lard, these are a truly decadent treat.

Meatloaf Sliders
Made from a combination of beef and pork and topped with crispy fried onions and Tabasco mayonnaise, these are hearty handfuls.

Photo courtesy of the Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group
Meatloaf Sliders. Photo courtesy of the Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group
Salads
Photo by Lauren Stonestreet Photo by Rinne Allen
Photos by Lauren Stonestreet and Rinne Allen

Roasted Carrots with Harissa Crème Fraîche
Harissa is a hot chilli pepper and garlic sauce that gives a kick of flavor to sweet roasted carrots.
Try roasting the carrots on the grill rather than the oven.

 

New Appalachian Salad Niçoise
With fingerling potatoes, hard boiled eggs and grilled flank steak this salad is hearty but portable enough to pop in a cooler for outdoor festivities.

 

Peach and Tomato Salad
Celebrate the arrival of tomato and peach seasons with a salad chocked full of sweet peaches, ripe tomatoes, fresh basil and feta cheese.

Main
Grilled Skirt Steak
Grilled Skirt Steak. Photo by Sara Hanna

Grilled Skirt Steak
Skirt steak used to be used only in fajitas and stir frys , but now the secret of this marbled and flavorful cut of meat is out.

Coca-Cola Braised Pot Roast
This is not your mama’s pot roast. It’s better (but don’t tell her that).

Latkes with Charoset
Potato latkes hit every note of pleasure that comes from crunchy potatoes and salt.

 

Sweets
Photo by Jennifer Hitchcock
Peanut Butter Pie. Photo by Jennifer Hitchcock
Photo by Mac Kilduff
Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Mint Ice Cream. Photo by Mac Kilduff

 

Peanut Butter Pie
Peanut Butter Pie is deceiving. It is so delicious that it seems like it takes hours to make. It doesn’t, but no one needs to know.

Bayou Brownies
Throw away your box of brownie mix and never look back with this recipe for brownies from Chef David Guas of Bayou Bakery in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Mint Ice Cream
A childhood favorite grows up with the richness of the dark chocolate cake a tasty contrast to sweet mint ice cream.