I'm sure your dad loves you unconditionally and probably had lots of patience for burnt pancakes when you were a kid, but I think we can agree that it's even better to cook something as delicious as it is memorable. It's a tall order, I know. Which is why we're here to help.
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If you think Pop appreciated the paperweight you got him for Father's Day last year, just wait till his eyes light up when you set a bottle of primo hooch and a chunky pair of tumblers on the table and wordlessly pour out two fingers. Nearly every dad who drinks would prefer a tasty dram to a new necktie on the third Sunday of June.
I set out to design a bourbon cocktail that Dad would want to drink for Father's Day and all summer long: something refreshing and a little savory, thanks to spices he never would have expected to find in his patio pitcher.
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. So, 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. See them all after the jump!
It's Father's Day again, and what better way to celebrate than with some sweets tailored specifically for dad? It's bacon, booze, and desserts from the grill in this Father's Day list.
It's tempting to make a list of "dad desserts" that just includes everything beer and broey (as much as desserts can be such a thing.) But you know what? Dads are just like us. Some like chocolate. Some like vanilla. Some are cookie monsters and some want nothing more than a pint of ice cream that they can ruin for the rest of us.
Father's Day is many things. Some of them sweet and sentimental, yes, but also a whole lot of holy-crap-what-do-I-DO anxieties. Worry not! You can never go wrong with a gorgeous meal, and we culled the Serious Eats team to see what special occasion meals they'd serve their dads this Sunday. See the full menu after the jump!
Choosing wine for someone else is tricky, but if your dad's really an oenophile, he'll probably appreciate the effort...and maybe even open the bottle to share with you.
I first started testing the KettlePizza after-market Weber kettle grill insert a couple years ago, when the product was still in its infancy and, frankly, not all that impressive. Since then, it's gone through several iterations and is now at a point in its life where I can safely say that it's one of the best, easiest-to-use options out there for making real, wood oven-style pizzas at home. I'm talking 750°F floor-temp, 1,200°F air-temp, a less than 3 minute-bake, smoky, blistered, crisp-on-the-outside-tender-in-the-center, poofy-lipped, best-pizza-you-ever-made-at-home level stuff here. It's a $300 value, and you can enter to win one in time for Father's Day, just by answering the following question: What's the greatest pizza-related mistake your father has ever made?
By this point, you've all seen what a baking steel can do for your home pizza-making. It works on the same principal as a baking stone, storing heat energy and conducting it into the bottom of your pizza to give you faster bake, a crisper crust, better flavor, and a more tender crumb. Now's your chance to win a 1/4-inch baking steel, absolutely free in time for father's day. All you've got to do is answer this one question: If your father was a pizza, what pizza would he be?
What I'm going for here are quirky and fun gifts, none of which is particularly expensive or hard to find. And though all of these gifts are booze-related, only one of them actually is, well, booze.
This Father's Day, get your dad the gift he deserves: a gigundo bone-in rib-eye steak with a snazzy frenched bone. This highly marbled, super-flavorful cut from our pals at Double R Ranch Co. is called, appropriately, the Cowboy Chop, and we'll be giving one away this week for you and Dad. All you have to do is answer this simple question: what would you serve with this chop?
When trying to decide what to recommend for a good father's day menu, I had trouble narrowing down my options. With my dad, it's easy: fresh seafood, preferably caught by himself. He does the catching, I do the cooking, we all do the eating. Unfortunately, it's not all that useful for me to go and tell you guys unlucky enough to have a non-fisherman as a father to teach him to fish by this weekend so that you can cook up some half-assed menu you found online for his special day.
So rather than press my own ichthyologically-inclined prejudices upon you, I decided instead to take a cue from the Serious Eats team and put together a menu that draws from some of their fathers' favorite dishes. And since its grilling season, I stuck with things that are backyard friendly, along with a couple of easy make-ahead desserts. It's a bit of a hodge podge, but a seriously delicious hodge podge nonetheless.
Here are some burger specials being offered around the country on Sunday, June 17, in honor of Father's Day, including 2-for-1 burgers, beer and burger combos, and more.
Sunday is Father's Day. And while our dads have hardly been known to say no to any kind of dessert, it's fun to embrace the stereotypes and celebrate them with beer, bacon, and desserts from the grill. Here are 12 we think they'll really love.
Maybe you're ahead of the game and already planned an awesome Father's Day meal and scored a great gift for your dad. You picked up the perfect beer and booze to make the day celebratory. Oh, you didn't, yet? No worries. We asked a few expert friends—brewmasters, bartenders, and restaurant beverage directors—for tips on what to drink and what to buy to make Dad's day awesome.
What are we feeding Dad on his big day this Sunday? It depends on who you ask at SEHQ. Tea and scones for Carrie's Anglophile dad, the ultimate burger for Maggie's dad, Ad Hoc fried chicken for Ed, and more of our Father's Day meals.
If you're planning to spend Father's Day near the grill, here are a bunch of recipes for chicken, steak, pork, pizza, and other favorites on the grill. Anyone grilling this Sunday?
John Donohue is an accomplished cartoonist, an editor at the New Yorker, and the creator of Stay at Stove Dad, a blog devoted to the adventures of dads who cook. His newly released Man with a Pan is a collection of essays and recipes all about what happens when Dad is in charge of putting dinner on the table. Enter to win a copy for Dad's Day (next weekend) here!
Have you been drooling over this insanely well-marbled cowboy chop ever since Kenji gave us grilling tips for it? If you just nodded, or have started drooling in the last three seconds, you're in luck. We're giving away three Cowboy Chop packages for Father's Day, which includes the two-pounder bone-in ribeye steak from Double R Ranch Co. Enter to win here.