Friday, June 17, 2011

Friday Favorites: Ten Dad-Friendly Grilling Ideas for Father's Day

I think any beef-loving Dad would be happy with this Marinated Flank Steak for Father's Day.

Holidays are important because of the way they remind us about what we have and don't have in our lives.  When I was a kid,  I took for granted having the world's greatest dad, and I just assumed we'd be honoring him on Father's Day every year.   Then I got older and realized there are dads who abandon their kids, are abusive, or don't set a good example, and I became even more thankful about the way I'd hit the jackpot in the parents department.  (My mother who died in 1998 was also an amazing person.)   Now I'm in a different phase of my life, and this year on Father's Day I know I'll be thinking about how much I miss my Dad.

In recent years I've often had a big extended family barbecue the night before  Father's Day, something Dad always enjoyed even when it got hard for him to leave the assisted living center where he spent the last few years of his life.  The menu varied every time, but there was never any doubt it would include Shrimp and Macaroni Salad, my dad's very favorite food, and something I always enjoyed making for him.   If you're lucky enough to be spending Father's Day honoring your dad, I hope you'll have fun making it a special occasion for him.  These ten grilling recipes are things I recommend for "Dad-Friendly" ideas that are special enough for a party honoring Dad on his special day.

If your dad doesn't mind things that are a bit spicy, these Chile Mustard Pork Kabobs would probably be a hit. 

Dads who like fish like my father did will enjoy this Grilled Salmon with Asian Dipping Sauce.

Or if the budget can handle buying fresh tuna for the grill, I highly recommend this Grilled Spicy Tuna, with flavors that remind me of the Spicy Tuna Rolls that are one of my favorite sushi rolls.

For dads who like Middle Eastern food, this Kubideh or Grilled Ground Meat on Skewers is something I love to make for parties.  This recipe has a lot of suggestions from readers and other bloggers for seasoning the meat if you can't find the ground kabob seasoning I use.

Dads who like something more interesting than just a hunk of meat might enjoy these Grilled Portobello Mushrooms Stuffed with Sausage, Spinach, and Cheese.

If your dad likes sausage, maybe he'd enjoy the World's Easiest Zucchini and Sausage Kabobs.  (If you're camping for Father's Day, this recipe is a great one to cook outdoors in the wild.)

Another option for red-meat-loving dads is this Grilled Tri-Tip marinated with Carol's Completely Fabulous Steak Marinade.  When my former neighbor Carol made this for me a few years ago I begged her for the recipe for the blog!

Dads who aren't red meat fans might like these Grilled Middle Eastern Turkey Burgers that I couldn't stop eating when I first tested the recipe.

And finally, these Easy Grilled Mushrooms are a side dish I made many times for my own dad and something that any dad who likes mushrooms is going to love.

Are you grilling something tasty for the Father's Day festivities at your house?  If so, we'd love to hear in the comments about what's going to be on the grill.
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  1. Everything looks so good. I seem to be drawn to the pork kebobs!

  2. Oh my goodness. What a wonderful bunch of recipes.

    Thinking about you and your dad. Light a candle for him on Sunday. We do that for our dads. Shine a little light for the papas.

  3. Lovely post, Kalyn. So many great recipes to make all the dads happy. :-) Think I'll make the easy grilled mushrooms for my son's dad (dear hubby) when he returns from his scuba diving trip. I took barbecue to my dad yesterday and I think there will still be some left tomorrow when I visit them, so instead I'll make a treat of some type for him. He has a bit of a sweet tooth. ;-)


  4. its really good to visit your blog

  5. Maris, I love that recipe.

    CJ, I live fairly close to the cemetary so I will probably go there and take flowers. But I do love the idea of lighting a candle.

    Shirley, hope you enjoy spending time with your dad!

    Kashish, thanks.

  6. Everything looks wonderful! The flank steak had my drooling. YUM!

  7. Wow...all of that looks awesome!!!


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