My father and I have always been close. Aside from us being bound by blood, we love the same things: sports, beer, John Grisham novels, Michael Bay films, and of course – food! I can make everyday a Father’s Day or my dad’s birthday with these five recipes:
Beerbecue Beef Flank Steak
Through the years, I obviously noticed Dad’s likes and dislikes. I make sure to incorporate those with everything I do because, let’s face it, I’m a loving son. Kidding aside, since two of Dad’s favorites are beer and steak, I introduced to him this recipe from Allrecipe’s Chef John. The beer is mixed into the barbecue sauce. The meat tastes smoky and juicy at the same time.
I have some tips on how to broil steaks, as well as hamburgers and country-style ribs. These might help you in case you have other preferences when it comes to the steak’s texture.
Sloppy Cheesesteak Sliders
Dad is not a cheese fan (he really loathes parmesan and mozzarella), but he sure does love hearty food. Cheese is a good way to increase the volume of food to ensure a full tummy afterwards. Thankfully, Dad likes cheddar so I made him this recipe from Delish’s Judy Kim for the previous Super Bowl. It’s a little messy to eat this grub, but it’s really satisfying. This is the perfect food while watching a good game on TV.
Crispy Grilled Chicken Thighs
It may look like fried chicken, but this Food Network Kitchen recipe made a twist. The chicken is coated with breadcrumbs and grilled until crispy. With that process, smokiness is added to the usual taste of breaded chicken. Matched with grilled tomatoes and a fantastic sauce, this crispy grilled chicken is an absolute delight.
Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings
Mom is a Martha Stewart fan, so she asked for my help to complete this recipe for Dad’s 58th birthday. It’s catchy whenever “sweet and sour” is added before the name of a recipe. It sounds mouthwatering. Well, it tastes even more delicious than it sounds because of the tangy yet savory flavor.
Sweetness and sourness, when combined, enhances appetite. No wonder this dish is originally made as an appetizer. The chicken wings are baked while the sauce is made of honey, vinegar and soy sauce. Soy sauce is salty, which is good in balancing the two conflicting flavors. For a little bit of spice, ginger and garlic is added to the mix.
There are a lot of recipes for barbecue ribs, but Jamie Oliver’s take on this dish is a favorite of my family – especially Dad which only proves the stereotype that rednecks love ribs and barbecue. These ribs are everything because of the marinade. The mixture has chilli, ginger, garlic, brown sugar, soy sauce, mustard, tomato ketchup, white wine vinegar and apple juice. The whole thing sounds so complicated but I assure you, the taste is simply delicious.
Saying “thank you” and “I love you” can be too awkward between father and child, especially if both are grown men. If words are too difficult, write a letter, give a card, or just cook a delicious dinner for your dad. If you don’t know how to cook, just follow the recipes carefully.