How do you intend to make your Dad feel special this Father’s Day? Hopefully, not with more ties, sweaters and books. Why not try whipping up a fabulous, mouthwatering meal instead? A salad, starter, main course and dessert would be a lovely way to show your father that you appreciate him. To help you along, here are some great Father’s day recipes.
Best Father’s Day Recipes
Farfalle And Asparagus Salad
Start the meal off with this healthy pasta salad, rich in Mediterranean flavors and different textures. Use fresh asparagus instead of the frozen kind as it cooks a little quicker and may end up a mushy mess if you don’t watch over it.
Preparation Time: 30 mins
5 cups dried farfalle pasta
2 cups asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 cup black olives, pitted and halved
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, cubed
1/2 cup Gouda, cubed
1 cup red & yellow peppers, chopped
3/4 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons of fresh basil, roughly chopped
Cook the pasta till al dente. A few minutes before the pasta is done, tip in the asparagus pieces. Drain and wash the pasta and asparagus in a colander. Add the cheese, olives, peppers and basil leaves. Toss to mix all the ingredients. Stir in the dressing and chill for 2 hours.
Deviled Egg Appetizer
Eggs cooked in any way is a wonderful addition to a meal but deviled eggs are extra special. This is especially true since the yolk is heavily flavored with ranch style salad dressing. The appetizer stays light with the addition of tomatoes and peppers.
Preparation Time: 30 mins
5 fresh serrano peppers
5 tomatoes, halved & pulp removed
10 hard boiled eggs, halved
2 1/2 tablespoons of parsley
1/3 cup of green onions, finely sliced
30 gms of dry ranch salad dressing
3 tablespoons of olive oil
2/3 cup Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon of cilantro leaves for garnishing
Roast the peppers in a lightly greased frying pan and set aside to cool. Slice them in half and de-seed them. Remove the egg yolks and mash well. Mix in parsley, oil, onions and salad dressing. Arrange tomato, peppers and egg whites on a serving plate. Spoon the mixture into the centers. Cover and chill for a few hours.
Impress your Dad with authentic Southern style fried chicken. Soaked in buttermilk brine, the chicken is crisp on the outside and surprisingly soft on the inside. The flavor is simple and honest with salty-sweet overtones.
Preparation Time: 20 minutes + chilling
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
2 cups buttermilk
2 pounds of chicken pieces
1 cup all purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 cup buttermilk
Salt to taste
Oil for frying
Add the 2 cups of buttermilk, salt and sugar to a zip-loc bag. Stir with a spoon. Add the chicken pieces and seal the bag. Refrigerate for 4 hours. Remove the chicken from the bag and drain. Pat dry with kitchen roll. Whisk the flour, 1/4 teaspoon of salt and pepper. Heat oil in a thick bottomed frying pan.
Coat the chicken with the flour mixture, dip in the 1/2 cup of buttermilk and coat again. Carefully place the coated chicken pieces in the hot oil. Once they turn golden brown, remove with a slotted spoon and drain excess oil on paper towels. Work in batches to finish frying all the chicken pieces.
Individual Strawberry Cheesecakes
The individual servings of this dessert make an impressive presentation. Simple to make, delicious to eat, these mini cheesecakes are certain to be a hit at the table this Father’s Day.
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
1 cup Greek yogurt
4 ounces of strawberries, hulled and sliced
1 pack of cream cheese
2 packs of digestive biscuits
4 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons of strawberry jam
A few drops of vanilla extract
Break the biscuits till they resemble crumbs. You can use the food processor if you like. Fill 5 small dessert bowls with the crumbs. With a mixer, blend the yogurt, sugar, vanilla and cream cheese. Divide between the bowls and chill. Just before serving, smooth a little jam and top with sliced strawberries.