Great Father’s Day Foods to Prepare for Dad

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Sometimes, the best Father's Day gifts are the simple ones. Give Dad a gift he'll enjoy in the form of his favorite foods. Have the kids join in on the fun, and prepare common dishes with a creative flare for Father's Day. Ideal Home Garden has some great food ideas your family can whip up for Dad on Father's Day:

Smiley Face Pancakes

Let Dad start off Father's Day the right way with a hearty breakfast of pancakes. He'll need all the energy he can get to help him through all the Father's Day activities you have planned for him, so make sure he doesn't skip out on breakfast like he usually does before a busy day of work.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups of flour
  • 3.5 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1.25 cups of milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of melted butter
  • Banana
  • Strawberries
  • Whipped cream

Directions:

  1. Mix the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a large bowl.
  2. Add milk to the mixture, then crack the egg into the bowl and continue to stir.
  3. Finish the pancake batter by adding 2 tablespoons of the melted butter and stir until the batter is smooth.
  4. Warm a frying pan on medium heat. Add the last tablespoon of butter to the frying pan and spread it around the surface area of the pan.
  5. Pour ¼ cup of the pancake batter on the pan for each pancake you plan on making. If you want to make larger pancakes, use more batter for each pancake.
  6. Make sure the pancake batter is poured in as close to an even circle as possible.
  7. Flip the pancake with a spatula once the edges have hardened.
  8. Cook the pancake until both sides are a nice, medium brown and place each finished pancake on Dad's plate.
  9. Cut two, slices from the banana to form the eyes of the smiley face and place them on the top pancake.
  10. Cut a strawberry in half, and place the half in the center of the pancake to form a nose.
  11. Spray or spread the whipped cream towards the bottom of the pancake to form the mouth.
  12. Mix the rest of left over banana and strawberries for a fruit bowl on the side.

This is a classic recipe, that's fun and easy for the kids to help with. The fruits can easily be substituted with different ones, or they can be swapped out for bacon and sausages to make the smiley face if you want to make a bigger breakfast. Don't forget the syrup!

DAD BBQ Platter

DAD BBQ Platter

Smiley Face Pancakes

Smiley Face Pancakes

"DAD" BBQ Platter

Even though he's usually the one in charge of the BBQ, give Dad a break from the grill and fire up a BBQ platter he'll surely love. This particular dish is relatively easy to make, though it does require some handy skills with a knife. You can serve this dish for either lunch or dinner.

Ingredients:

  • 3 Sausages, bratwursts or hot dogs (straight, or the least curved as possible)
  • 1 thick hamburger patty (2/3 lb. to 1 lb.)
  • 16 oz. steak (any cut, but must be boneless)
  • Steak salt, seasoning or rub
  • 1 onion
  • Green peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Mushrooms

Directions:

  1. Thaw your various meats if they are frozen, then add the seasoning, salt or rub to your steak and hamburger patties. You might want to tenderize your meats, so cover your tenderizing hammer in seasoning and start softening up that meat.
  2. Carve the hamburger patty into the shape of a large, letter "D". Save the hamburger cuttings.
  3. Take the steak and also carve out a large, letter "D". Save the steak cuttings.
  4. Fire up the grill, then start scrubbing it down with half of the onion to get it clean. You can also use a wire brush, or grill brush to help get the job done.
  5. Chop what's left of the onion in large, thin slices.
  6. Cut the green peppers, tomatoes and mushrooms in similar, cubed shape sizes.
  7. Place the steak and hamburger cuttings on skewers along with the green peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms and onions to form BBQ kebobs.
  8. Start grilling the D-shaped hamburger patty and steak, sausages and BBQ kebobs.
  9. When you decide to flip the meat, and for how long you keep the meat on the grill will depend on how Dad likes his meat cooked. If you don't have a thermometer, you can use a firmness test to see how well the meat is cooked:
  • Rare: The meat will be very soft and will be light brown in color.
  • Medium: The meat will be a little more firm with a brown color.
  • Well done: The meat is very firm and darker in color.

When the meat is finished grilling, serve the BBQ in the form of the word "DAD" on the serving platter. Use the hamburger and steak for the letter "D" and the sausages to make the letter "A." Serve the BBQ kebobs on the side, and you've got a great BBQ feast with a nice little decorative touch for Father's Day. Serve the BBQ platter with a baked potato, or another one of Dad's favorite sides.

The great thing about these dishes is they are relatively easy to make, which will allow your kids to join in the fun. Using a little bit of creativity, you can turn these common favorites into something special for Dad on Father's Day.

Last Updated: January 18, 2012
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About Matthew Cenzon Matthew Cenzon has been writing for numerous publications since 2003, covering topics ranging from health and nutrition to the real estate industry. He is one of the contributing writers for IdealHomeGarden.com, and is a college graduate of the University of California, Riverside, with degrees in English and Asian literature. Matthew’s interest in interior design and home improvement stem from his background working in the residential real estate appraisal business for over five years, where he witnessed many of the Do's and Don'ts of home decor.

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