11 Tasty Recipes for a Father's Day Cookout
1. Classic Sirloin Steak
Father's Day is not truly complete until Dad's had his plate of juicy, tender steak. Surprise him with some homemade cooking that tastes better than anything he'd get at Sizzler's. Practice your BBQ skills with this simple and delicious sirloin steak recipe:
- 1 boneless sirloin steak (1-1.5 lb.)
- ½ cup of your favorite BBQ sauce
- 2 tbsp. orange marmalade
- a dash of ground cinnamon
1. Get your BBQ ready! The charcoals should be about medium-high heat.
2. In a bowl, mix the BBQ sauce, marmalade, and cinnamon until blended.
3. Grill steak 8 to 10 minutes on each side or until cooked to your liking. While one side of the steak is cooking, brush the other side with the BBQ sauce mixture.
2. Crab Macaroni Salad
Macaroni salad is a stereotypical cookout appetizer for a reason -- it's delicious and so easy to make! Dad won't be crabby once he tastes this salad:
- 1 cup elbow macaroni
- 3/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1 package of imitation crab OR 1 6 oz. can of flaked crabmeat
- 1/4 cup diced celery
- 1/4 cup diced tomatoes
- 2 tbsp. chili sauce
- 1 tsp. relish
- ½ tsp. salt
- a dash of red pepper
- a dash of paprika
1. Boil a large pot of water. Cook macaroni for 8-10 minutes or until desired firmness. After cooking, rinse macaroni with cold water until chilled and drain.
2. Mix mayonnaise, crabmeat, celery, tomatoes, chili sauce, relish, and other toppings in a separate bowl. Slowly mix macaroni in.
3. Chill entire mixture in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours.
3. #1 Baked Potatoes
True to the name, these potatoes are #1 -- the fastest to cook, the easiest to customize with toppings of your choice, and the tastiest to eat!
- 1 large potato
- 1/4 large onion, cut into 4 slices
- 2 tbsp. butter or margarine
- 3 tbsp. olive oil
- a dash of salt & pepper
1. Cut 4 large slits into the potato, almost through to bottom. Place onion slices in between slits.
2. Dab the inside of the potato with butter.
3. Drizzle olive oil over the potato and season with whatever you wish.
4. Wrap the potato tightly in foil.
5. Put potato(es) on BBQ rack and close the lid.
6. Let potato(es) cook for about an hour, but keep checking them.
7. After cooking, open the foil packages and serve!
4. Maple Corn Bread
The inner Canadian in Dad will love this sweet twist on traditional corn bread.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups cornmeal
- 1.5 sticks salted butter
- 2 tbsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 2 cups whole milk
- 4 large eggs
1. Preheat oven to 425° F. Use butter or cooking spray to prepare a baking pan.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, cornmeal, baking powder and baking soda.
3. Use your hands to create a well in the center of the mixture. Add milk, eggs, 1/2 cup of the maple syrup, and ½ cup of the butter. Slowly fold the dry ingredients into the wet mixture.
4. Pour batter into baking pan. Bake in oven about 20-25 minutes.
5. Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, combine ¼ cup of butter and ¼ cup of maple syrup. Use this mixture to brush onto the cooked cornbread.
6. Let cornbread cool in the pan, then serve.
5. Avocado Deviled Eggs
This one is Tree Hut's favorite recipe. :) California avocados are in season now, so we're looking for any excuse to eat them.
- 3 hard boiled eggs, halved
- 1 large avocado
- 2 tsp. lime juice
- 1 tsp. cilantro
- a dash of paprika
1. Hard boil eggs beforehand and slice into halves.
2. Carefully remove the yolks and put into a separate bowl. Then, spoon out the avocado into the same bowl.
3. Add the remaining ingredients and mash all together with a spoon.
4. Once thoroughly mixed, scoop the mixture and dab into the egg halves.
5. Sprinkle with paprika for embellishment!
6. Hawaiian Pork Kebobs
So maybe you can't bring Dad to Hawai'i, but this is the next best thing: Pork-and-Pineapple Skewers!
- ½ lb. pork tenderloin
- 8 cubes fresh pineapple
- 8 thick slices red bell pepper
- 1½ tbsp. brown sugar
- 1½ tbsp. soy or teriyaki sauce
- 1 tbsp. orange juice
- 2 tsp. lemon juice
- 1/8 tsp. Kosher Salt
1. Trim fat from pork and cut into 8 cubes.
2. Combine brown sugar, soy sauce, orange juice, lemon juice, and salt into a ziplock bag. Add the pork cubes. Seal and marinate in refrigerator for 1 hour.
3. Thread 4 cubes of each pineapple, pork, and red bell pepper alternately onto 2 10-inch skewers
4. Coat BBQ grill with cooking spray. Place skewers on grill, rotating them frequently. Drizzle marinade when needed. Cook 14 minutes or until taste.
7. Coconut Slaw
One bite of this coconut slaw and you (and Dad) will be transported to the beaches of Bali.
- ½ green cabbage, thinly sliced
- 1/4 purple cabbage, thinly sliced
- ½ mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk
- 2 tsp. white sugar
- 2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp. horseradish cream
- a touch of ground ginger
1. In a small bowl, whisk mayo, coconut milk, horseradish, sugar, ginger, and vinegar until creamy.
2. Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, thinly slice the cabbage into manageable pieces. It's really up to you!
3. Pour the dressing over cabbage and mix well so the dressing doesn't sink to the bottom.
8. Grilled Artichoke with Honey Dip
Artichokes probably aren't your father's favorite dish, but maybe your Father's Day gift could be opening his eyes to delicious foods he thought he didn't like.
- 4 large artichokes
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 1 lemon
- 1 tbsp. honey
- 1¼ tsp. ground pepper
- 1 tsp. salt
1. Use a serrated knife to cut the tips and pointy leaves of each artichoke. Slice in half. Remove the fuzzy choke in the center. Rub artichokes with lemon.
2. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Boil artichoke(s) with lid on for about 30 minutes or until tender.
3. In a small bowl, mix mayonnaise, honey, pepper and salt. This will be the dipping sauce.
5. Grill the artichokes, cut side down, until warm and slightly charred, about 4 to 5 minutes.
9. Banh Mi Hot Dogs
Relive the fond memories of watching baseball with your Dad as a kid with a more "sophisticated", "adult" version of the hot dog.
- 8 hot dogs
- 8 hot dog buns
- 1 cucumber, sliced
- ½ cup hoisin sauce
- Sriracha mayonnaise
- 2 jalapeños, sliced (optional)
- 1 cup carrots, sliced into thin strips
- 1 cup daikon, sliced into thin strips
- ¼ cup sugar
- ½ cup white vinegar
- 1 cup water
1. Combine carrots, daikons, sugar, white vinegar, and water in a large bowl. Mix, cover, then refrigerate for at least half an hour. This will be the "slaw."
2. Meanwhile, grill the hot dogs on the BBQ. Once grilled to taste, place them in their buns.
3. Top each slice with cucumber, hoisin sauce, mayo, jalapeños, and some slaw.
10. Triple-Tier Brownies
The best way to Dad's heart is through his stomach. The more chocolate = the more he'll love you.
- 20 oz. fudge brownie mix
- 11½ oz. milk chocolate chips
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 3 cups crisp rice cereal
- 16 oz. cream cheese frosting
- 1 cup salted peanuts, chopped
1. Prepare and bake boxed brownie mix in a 13x9" baking pan.
2. After cooling cooked brownies, spread the cream cheese frosting. Then, sprinkle the chopped peanuts.
3. Meanwhile, in a large sauce pan, combine chocolate chips and peanut butter. Cook over low heat for about 4-5 minutes or until blending. Stir occasionally so the mixture doesn't stick to the pan. Spread over the brownies as another layer.
4. Chill in refrigerator brownies for 30 minutes, then serve!
11. Cherry Whiskey Sour
The perfect way to end an eventful and fun Father's Day. :)
- 4 oz. whiskey of your choice
- 4 maraschino cherries
- 1 tbsp. cherry syrup
- 1 tbsp. lemon juice
- crushed ice
1. Put all ingredients (except ice) in a cocktail shaker and shake!
2. Pour crushed ice in a separate glass, then pour the cocktail over it.
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