We take a look back at our dads' favorite foods to help us craft the perfect Father's Day meal.
Although my dad hasn't made his self-proclaimed "gourmet" tuna casserole in 20 years, he's definitely a foodie. He always has great new restaurants to try and his favorites to go back to. Because of him, I'm basically a celebrity at his favorite hot dog joint.
Tuna Noodle Casserole
Try this similar dish this Father's Day and serve it with steamed cut green beans.
When I was growing up, we'd go to my grandparents' house for Father's Day and grill out on their patio. We loved having hamburgers and "grandpa's hot dogs," which basically just meant hot dogs sliced down the middle and grilled. Now that the kids in my family aren't quick as picky, we like grilling shrimp and fish with my dad at home.
Some of my favorite memories and moments are from helping my dad while he grills. He taught me how to season and marinate meat and vegetables and to this day, makes the best steak I've ever had.
For something truly special, his favorite food is Osso Buco.
Carrot Osso Buco
Get your dad to try something completely out of the ordinary this Father's Day. In this playful vegan take on osso buco, very large pieces of carrots are braised in red wine and mushroom broth until tender. Ground dried porcini mushrooms give the dish rich, meaty flavor.
My dad's favorite food is Veal Spezzato--chopped up veal mixed with peas and gravy. He didn't have a lot of money growing up, so whenever his grandmother put veal on the table, it was such a delicious delicacy.
Veal Stew with Garden Vegetables
Hearty and delicious, this veal stew is a snap to make and will bring a smile to Dad for Father's Day.
My dad has an ice cream obsession. If it is served in a cone, he will most definitely go back for seconds, and if it's a shake, he will always order the biggest size, and when it's gone, wish he had more.
As I got older, it didn't take me long to realize that this love for ice cream (and a lot of it) came from my grandpa who I've seen request seconds at our local ice cream shop more than once.
Thin Mint Cookie Ice Cream
You’ll definitely want to make extra of this Dad-approved ice cream to have handy in your freezer in the summer.
My dad loves panettone, and it always makes me think of him! It's a sweet bread from Italy and his favorite treat. My mother and I always get it for him during the holidays and, if he's lucky, for his birthday and Father's Day too!
Yogurt-Zucchini Bread with Walnuts
Start Father's Day off sweetly with this moist, nutty bread. The walnuts in the bread are super-heart-healthy, and the yogurt adds moisture without any fat.
Many think Father's Day is all about the grill, but there may be other plates better equipped to bring a smile to your dad's face this June 16th. We looked to our own fathers for inspiration and insight into dishes that make Father's Day perfect.
Their favorite foods are most commonly fueled by family, quality time and memories, as nostalgia keeps them coming back for another bite.
Check out the slideshow above for Father's Day food ideas based on our dads' favorite plates.