What does Dad want most on Father's Day? To be surrounded by family and food. So take him by the hand, lead him to his favorite chair, and let the pampering begin.
Dad's Favorite Meals
From Better Homes and Gardens
By Jeanne Ambrose
Because the cliche is true -- the way to a man's heart is through his stomach -- plan on making Father's Day extra special by giving Dad the day off and plying him with his favorite foods. Most dads are easy-to-please kind of guys, so it's not necessary to add a lot of fussy food to the dinner menu on that special Sunday set aside to honor all fathers.
The Better Homes and Garden Team created a slightly macho menu based on Dad's desires, according to those who know him best: you. Nearly 2,500 people responded to a Better Homes and Gardens survey about dads that was posted on bhg.com. According to those who took the survey, Dad's favorite meal includes steak and potatoes, corn on the cob, and pie or ice cream -- preferably both.
This easy meal means that kids can help Mom with some of the prep work in the kitchen and still have plenty of time to decorate a homemade card, tussle with Dad on the floor, or take him outside for a game of catch. Teens in the family might want to burn a compact disc for Dad, with his favorite tunes or songs that feature father and family themes.
Because one of Dad's favorite pre-dinner munchies is a bowl of chips with dip, treat him to a homemade version. They're one of those quick fixes that wind up making a yummy impression. In this case, the crispy snacks are prepared from fresh corn tortillas or flavored flour tortillas with a sprinkling of salt and pepper.
The basic seared steak takes on a bold profile when topped with a thick slice of sizzling bacon and a homemade steak sauce that adds a hint of fruity sweetness.
The pies can be made in three sizes: junior pies for the small fries in your family, medium-size pies, or great, big Papa Bear portions. Bake one, two, or all three pies, depending on how many people you're serving.
One of the best things about the pies is the fact that they start with purchased pastry that you cut to size, pile with yummy plums and apricots, and top with another piece of pastry. Pinch and roll the edges together to seal in all the goodies before slipping it into the oven on a baking sheet or pizza pan. Serve it up with a scoop or two of ice cream for a delicious finish to your Father's Day.