By Meghen Jones
The first day of summer is about to hit us like a heat wave, and vacation season has reached its peak, but there’s just one notable day that we just cannot forget amid sandy, white beaches, poolside hangout sessions, and festivals adventures, and it’s Father’s Day! It is the one day that we can show our dads how much we appreciate them by making them feel extra special—or at least, more special than usual.
If you think about it, your pop has been there with you through a lot of firsts, good and bad times, and…well, just about everything in your life thus far. Let’s rewind for a second. Who taught you how to ride a bike as a child? When it came to your first car, who showed you how to change a tire, so you’ll never be stuck with a flat? Who was right by your side when you missed school due to a one-week-long stomach bug? Big or small, your dad was there with you through it all, and he continues to be until this day.
Now, it’s time to honor the man himself, and there’s no better way to do it than through a heartfelt Father’s Day meal. Sure, you may not be America’s next Iron Chef, but we’re pretty sure you can put something seemingly edible together with the right information. Since uCribs is all about showering our dads with affection on this exceptional day, we’re divulging 3 mouthwatering dishes that will leave a long-lasting impression on dad and everyone else at the dinner table.
BBQ Chicken Wings with Blue Cheese Butter
Do you remember eating chicken wings and catching the football game on TV with dad? If truth be told, it was one of the things you looked forward to every Sunday—even if your team didn’t always win. But, at some point, those days of bonding over football with dad were slowly replaced by university game nights and tailgate parties with your friends. Whether you want to admit it or not, you miss these fleeting moments spent with your old man.
So, why not spend Father’s Day at a sports outing or watching party, accompanied by savory BBQ Chicken Wings with Blue Cheese Butter? Infused with BBQ sauce, cumin, and smoked paprika, these wings are finger-lickin’ good. Plus, the blue cheese adds another dimension to the BBQ itself, with some creamy, tangy goodness. Although it’s offseason for many sports, Netflix offers a wide selection of sports-related movies, such as 42: The True of An American Legend. Between a good game or movie and BBQ Wings drizzled with Blue Cheese Butter, it will feel like that nostalgic Sunday night all over again.
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
6 ounces blue cheese, crumbled and room temperature
1/2 cup BBQ sauce
1/2 cup canned piquillo peppers in brine, drained well
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 cup all-purpose flour
Freshly ground black pepper
2 1/2 pounds chicken wings, separated at the joint with tips reserved for another use
While you may consider your mom the go-to person for any Culinary 101 questions, there was never a summer that dad didn’t grill. Burgers, hot dogs, spare ribs…you name it, and you would have found it at some point sizzling away. But, sometimes, it’s a good idea to turn traditions on their ear with a new, exciting concept, like the Breakfast Burger. This Breakfast Burger recipe is a great way to get your dad fueled for the jam-packed Father’s Day you have in store.
Have you ever had an All-Star Special from Waffle House? Well, this Breakfast Burger is pretty much the sandwich version of that famously popular order. It calls for simple ingredients, such as eggs, ground beef, Italian sausage, and shredded cheddar. The homemade mustard dressing is concocted with mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, and horseradish, which brings all of the flavors of the burger together beautifully. After one bite, dad might just hand over the title of “Grill Master” title to you! You’re next of kin, so it only seems to make sense, anyway…
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon drained prepared horseradish
12 ounces ground beef
8 ounces bulk Italian sausage
Freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar
4 English muffins (or burger buns), split and toasted
1 vine-ripe tomato, thickly sliced into 4 pieces
1 cup baby arugula
4 large eggs
Banana Split Pie
Not only is the living easy in the summertime, but it’s also the perfect time of year to enjoy the cool treats you crave year-long. Amidst all the summer activities keeping everyone on their toes, your favorite restaurants and sweet spots are busy, prepping the best summer desserts around town, and your dad keeps mentioning how he’s craving a banana split. With that being said, there’s just one dessert that will completely change the game for Father’s Day: Banana Split Pie. Yep, this dessert sets the bar high for any banana split lover.
Filled with cream cheese, banana pudding mix, crushed pineapples, vanilla extract, and sugar, this pie puts a twist on a classic summer treat. Just thinking about the fruitiness of the pineapple and cherries with the cool creaminess of the Cool Whip makes this recipe Father’s Day worthy of your big bad dinner line-up. And honestly, it wouldn’t surprise us if your dad requests a Banana Split Pie every Father’s Day moving forward. It’s just that good!
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
16 ounces cream cheese, softened
3 1/2 ounces banana pudding mix
1/3 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cups milk
20 ounces crushed pineapple
2 cups fresh strawberries, diced
2 bananas, peeled and diced
8 ounces Cool Whip
Optional Garnishes: Chopped Nuts, Chocolate Sauce, and/or Maraschino Cherries