Dining In for Father's Day

A few great ideas for treating Dad to a home-cooked meal
Sarah Nowicki
My Dad sitting at an outdoor bar, enjoying a beer in Amsterdam

With Father's Day less than a week away, you may be wondering what to do for the number one man in your life. Although several restaurants in our area will be featuring special Father's Day meals this weekend (check back on Thursday for a list), you may want to whip up your own Father's Day tribute in the kitchen. Here are a few  recipes that I have personally tried that can be made easily and quickly: 

Man-Pleasing Chicken: This recipe has been making the rounds on websites and blogs over the last few months, and it certainly does not disappoint. Pair it with a fresh arugula salad and risotto for a filling dinner. 

Homemade pizzas: A kid-friendly answer to Father's Day dinner or lunch, making your own pizzas lends creativity and fun to this special day. Buy a few ready-made pizza doughs in the freezer section of your grocery store along with tons of toppings and sauces. Try BBQ sauce with pineapple and grilled chicken, raspberry jam with brie and pears, classic tomato sauce with fresh mozzarella and basil, or even basil pesto with sundried tomatoes and feta. 

Chorizo and Chicken Roast: What's easier than tossing several great ingredients on a roasting sheet? Juicy chicken thighs, slices of chorizo sausage, potatoes, and red onions offer an easy one-dish meal that'll definitely leave Dad smiling.

Cilantro and Lime Shrimp: One of my go-to recipes in the summer, this shrimp meal is fantastic with hunks of crusty bread and a fresh tomato salad. 

Marinated Salmon with Kiwi and Mango: The weather is getting warmer, and this salmon dish brings together all the flavors of summer. Try it with cous cous and a garden salad.

Grilled Steak with Tomatoes and Scallions: Martha Stewart's recipe for grilled steak is a sure man-pleaser. Pair it with a classic Caesar salad and roasted potatoes for a picnic-perfect dinner. 

Of course, you need dessert, too. With all the fresh fruit and produce available at the Charlotte Farmers Market on Saturday morning, why not make a fruit crumble or cobbler? Easy, sweet, and delicious with ice cream. 

Categories: Dine & Dish, Food + Drink