What Your Dad Really Wants to Eat on Father's Day

What Your Dad Really Wants to Eat on Father's Day
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What Your Dad Really Wants to Eat on Father's Day

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.

Get the Recipe: Tuna Noodle Casserole

My dad loves salmon and all things seafood!

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.


Mustard-Crusted Salmon

Try this updated French bistro salmon dish today!

Get the Recipe: Mustard-Crusted Salmon

When it comes to sweets, I like to say my dad doesn't discriminate. Chocolate, vanilla, strawberry—you name it, he likes it. But the real way to my dad's heart would have to be coconut ice cream.


Toasted Coconut & Almond Ice Cream

If your dad is like Stephanie's, he will love this toasted coconut & almond ice cream for dessert!

Get the Recipe: Toasted Coconut & Almond Ice Cream

My dad is a health nut! In turn, he's taught me to be mindful of what I eat. I have him to thank for a healthy heart!


Kale Salad with Walnuts and Soft-Boiled Eggs

Eggs add protein and walnuts add crunch to this hearty, healthy salad that dad's will love.

Get the Recipe: Kale Salad with Walnuts and Soft-Boiled Eggs

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.

Get the Recipe: Carrot Osso Buco

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.

Get the Recipe: Veal Stew with Garden Vegetables

My dad was born and raised in the South, so his favorite foods are Southern classics from when he was growing up in North Carolina and Florida - ribs, pimento cheese, grits and black-eyed peas.


Apple-Glazed Barbecued Baby Back Ribs

These sticky, apple-scented ribs are cooked in the oven, then finished on the grill.

Get the Recipe: Apple-Glazed Barbecued Baby Back Ribs

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.

Get the Recipe: Thin Mint Cookie Ice Cream

My dad is not a foodie guy. However, he loves a good BBQ where he gets to grill the burgers, chicken and steaks and then we eat it together as a family.


All American Steak Burger

This all-American steak burger recipe is perfect for Father's Day!

Get the Recipe: All American Steak Burger

My dad's all time favorite dessert is coconut cake…he splurges on Father's Day and his birthday.


Coconut Cake with Saffron Cream

Use saffron to flavor the pastry cream for this moist, airy take on coconut cake.

Get the Recipe: Coconut Cake with Saffron Cream

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.

Get the Recipe: Yogurt-Zucchini Bread with Walnuts


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.

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