Everyone knows that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. So what better way to honor Dad then to make him some food that he’ll love? I know I’ll be making a few of James’ favourites come Sunday. And, I’ll be sure to bake some treats to gift my dad next weekend. Here’s a roundup of some favourite foods of the dad’s in my life, hopefully your’s will love them just as much as mine.
For the potato lover: Crispy Baked Hash Browns. The best part about these crispy potatoes? They make a large batch, so you can feed a crowd, or freeze the leftovers for a quick brunch another day.
For the Diner enthusiast: Southwestern Breakfast Skillet. Spicy sausage, bell peppers, hash browns, eggs, and cheese. What’s not to love?
For little hands to make: Homemade Egg McMuffins. These easy breakfast sandwiches can be made by the kiddos for their dad – no hot frying pans needed.
For the meat lover: Chicken and Sage Sausage Patties. A healthier sausage patty that’s full of flavour and easy to make.
On the go: Breakfast Bagel. If you’ve got busy Father’s Day plans these quick breakfast bagels make a great handheld breakfast.
For the muffin lover: Cherry Almond Streusel Muffins. Cherries are just starting to come into season here and these muffins take advantage of their sweetness. They also happen to be a favourite of the dad in this house.
For the waffle lover: Quick Waffles with Vanilla Pudding and Blueberry Syrup. A waffle combination to dream about. Waffles topped with warm vanilla pudding and blueberry syrup – all made from scratch and easy to make.
For the coffee lover: Blueberry Cheesecake Coffee Cake. Although coffee cake doesn’t actually contain any coffee, it gets it’s name from being the perfect pairing to a hot and steamy cup of jo’. This version has a layer of blueberry cheesecake on top, making it decadent enough for a special occasion.
For the rhubarb lover: Rhubarb Crunch Coffee Cake. It’s in season. Enjoy it!
For some healthy crunch: Crispy Microwave Potato Chips. Quick to make and healthy to boot. Give Dad the satisfying crunch without the cholesterol – these chips are oil free!
To go with those chips: Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Dip. A gourmet version of onion dip. It’s sooo good. Psst.. it also makes a great condiment for burgers. Another great burger spread? This Red Onion Relish.
For the spice lover: Cheesy Mexican Corn Dip. Cheesy, gooey and spicy. This dip has got it going on.
For the nacho lover: Homemade Nacho Cheese Sauce. Just like the movie’s – with no processed cheese involved.
For the meat and potatoes guy: Cajun Grilled Pork Chops with Creamy Mushroom Pan Sauce. Spicy, juicy, smokey meat, topped with a flavourful and creamy mushroom sauce. Delish!
For the quesadilla lover: Chicken, Bacon and Black Bean Quesadillas. Smokey, and full of flavour. These crispy, creamy, tex-mex quesadillas are a go-to weekend lunch for us.
For the seafood lover: Grilled Fish Tacos with Fresh Salsa. I dedicated this post to my dad three years ago. I still feel the same way about him, and these tacos. Another favourite: Grilled Fish Tacos with Avocado Salsa.
For the burger guy: BLT Chicken Burgers. So. Much. Flavour. These chicken patties are packed with cheese, helping to keep them moist and flavourful. Topped with bacon, lettuce, tomatoes and basil mayonnaise, how can you go wrong?
For the burgers: Perfect Burger Buns. If you want the perfect bun to go with those burgers, make this recipe. It got it’s name for a reason. Bonus: you can make them ahead and freeze.
For the beef dip lover: Quick French Dip Sandwiches. Easy to make and packed with flavour. These juicy sandwiches will please any beef dip enthusiast.
For the crispy chicken lover: Baked Crispy Chicken Sandwiches. This sandwich has all the flavour of a deep fried crispy chicken sandwich, without the oil. Spreading it with a quick garlic aioli just sends it over the top.
For the pizza lover: Tropical Barbecue Chicken Pizza. Every time my father-in-law comes to visit I have to make him this pizza. It’s his favourite, and for good reason.
For a smokier pizza: Quick BBQ Pizza Dough. Quick to make and so delicious. Everyone can make their own pizza on the grill, just the way they like.
For the chili guy: My Favourite Chili. It took me a while to find my perfect chili recipe, but the moment I tried this, I new it was the one.
For the Chinese food lover: Sweet and Sour Chicken Balls. Batter and fried chicken in a sweet and sour pineapple glaze. Bonus: you can fry the chicken ahead and freeze, just warm it up in the oven while you make the sauce.
For the taco lover: Chipotle Chicken Tacos with Spicy Avocado Cream. A more gourmet version of a family favourite. Crispy taco shells, with smokey, spicy chicken and a creamy avocado sauce.
For the pasta lover: Quick Chicken Parmigiana. Crispy chicken smothered in pasta sauce and cheese, resting on a bed of spaghetti. Super flavourful, with no frying required.
Sides & Condiments
For a barbecue: Barbecue Bean Salad. Feeds a crowd and goes with any barbecue meal.
For a Greek inspired meal: Greek Orzo Pasta Salad. A great side to grilled chicken or any Greek themed menu. Orzo is tossed with olives, feta, spinach and a homemade Greek vinaigrette.
To top the burgers: Refrigerator Bread and Butter Pickles. Make the burgers extra special with these sweet and sour pickles. They’re a great make ahead!
To round out any meal: Chunky Cucumber Salad. This salad goes with virtually any meal and is a favourite of James’.
For the broccoli lover: Mandarin Orange Broccoli Salad. A great side for a barbecue. Or, double the recipe for a Father’s Day potluck.
For the gluten-free dad: Gluten-Free Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Raisin Cookies. My dad is gluten-free and I love to make him cookies. Not only do these easy gluten-free cookies make a great dessert for Father’s Day, but a great gift too.
For the dairy-free ice cream lover: Caramel-Pecan Chocolate Ripple Ice Cream. No one will miss the dairy in this delicious caramel ice cream with crunchy pecans and chocolate swirl.
For the doughnut lover: Baked Doughnuts (Chocolate, Vanilla & Cinnamon-Sugar). It doesn’t have to be deep-fried to be delicious! Make dad’s favourite flavour, or a variety for a get-together. (Can be made ahead.)
For the cookie and brownie lover: Layered Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies. Can’t decide between a brownie or a cookie? This delicious bar combines the best of both worlds.
For the mousse lover: Chocolate Cheesecake Mousse. Creamy, decadent and oh so easy.
For the chocolate lover: Triple Chocolate Cupcakes. Chocolate cupcakes filled with chocolate ganache, topped with chocolate frosting, and even more chocolate. It’s like a truffle, in cupcake form.
For the cheesecake lover: Mocha Chip Fudge Cheesecake. A creamy mocha cheesecake covered in a rich fudge topping. Decadence.
For the Dairy Queen lover: Peanut Buster Parfait Ice Cream Cake. The popular peanut buster parfait, in cake form. Prepare for deliciousness.
For the spice cake lover: Zucchini Carrot Cake with Maple-Brown Sugar Frosting. A delicious carrot cake with the extra added oomph of zucchini. Slathered in a rich cream cheese frosting, this is every carrot cake lovers dream.