I'm not a big fan of generalizations, especially when it comes to gender. (By the way, please stop referring to massive slabs of meat as "man steaks" when they're clearly meant to be called my steaks.) And I'm pretty sure that whoever coined the phrase, "The way to a man's heart is through his stomach" also wasn't talking about how to woo your father.
But let's be honest: The way to a man's heart is, indeed, his stomach. It's also the way to a woman's heart, your dogs' and cats' hearts, and pretty much any other beating heart you can think of. Because everything likes a food.
So whether your dad is the man who's impossible to please or the guy who thinks you can do no wrong, there's absolutely no doubt that he wants—nay, needs—to eat. This Father's Day, let's feed him good. Sure, you can check out what the Serious Eats staff would make our dads, but we've also got a recommendation or two for yours.
In our book, a classic deviled egg is always a treat. But why not take things up a notch? From everything bagel-inspired to deviled eggs Benedict, we've got nine in-your-face variations on the bite-sized hors d'oeuvre that'll show dad just how special you think he is.
The Best Caesar Salad
Sure, it's fresh and crunchy, but this salad also packs a punch. Between its creamy, anchovy-spiked dressing, crisp croutons, and tangy shredded Parm, there's a reason Caesar salad has remained one of the country's most popular starters since its inception. Plus, you're gonna need a little something green to balance out this next bit...
The Perfect Porterhouse
We love our economy cuts of beef, but when it comes to special occasions, there's one steak that steals the show. T-bones may not be cheap, but when it comes to flavor, these well-marbled slabs of meat are hard to pass up. After some serious research, we've come up with the perfect grilling technique, to make sure you treat these babies with the respect they deserve.
Ultra-Crispy New Potatoes With Garlic, Herbs, and Lemon
There's literally no meal that doesn't benefit from a pile of these spuds by its side. It takes a little extra effort to do the boiling, bashing, and roasting that our recipe calls for, but you'll be well-rewarded with a richly creamy interior surrounded by a browned, craggy, crunchy crust that stays nice and crisp, even after a few passes around the table.
Would it be a prime example of those gender stereotypes I so despise to compile a list of bacony, boozy desserts specifically for Father's Day? Probably. But...we did it anyway. Yes, I am a hypocrite. I also love me bacon, so you can keep those hisses and grumbles to yourselves, thank you very much.
Chances are you know your father's drink preferences better than I do. But that doesn't mean we can't take a hint from the pros! Check out what drinks and pairings the experts recommend. Looking to buy your dad a little something special (and, erm, boozy)? We've got a guide for that, too!