Creating the Perfect Father's Day Cookout
Father’s Day is fast approaching, which means that it’s time to plan the perfect family cookout. However, if you really want to wow your family this Father’s Day, don’t grill your standard hotdogs and hamburgers, try some of these fun recipes we collected to ensure your Father’s Day cookout is one your family will never forget.
Fajita Chicken Kebabs
These Fajita Chicken Kebabs from Well Plated take standard kebabs to a new level. Sure to please everyone, this combination of chicken and veggies is not only easy to make but tasty, too.
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- Zest and juice of 1 large lime, plus additional for serving
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1½ teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 clove garlic, chopped
- 1 jalapeno, chopped (remove seeds and membrane if sensitive to spice)
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1 large red bell pepper
- 1 large green bell pepper
- 1 large red onion
- Fresh cilantro, for serving
- Salsa, sour cream (or plain yogurt), and guacamole, optional for serving.
1.Whisk together the first seven ingredients. Put the chicken and the marinade into a zip-top bag, and gently roll the ingredients together until the chicken is covered in the mixture. Refrigerate the mixture for at least half an hour or overnight if possible.
2. Cut the peppers and onion into chunks. Skewer the chicken and vegetables.
3. Grill the kabobs for about 6 to 8 minutes, turning the chicken at least once.
4. Top the cooked skewers with cilantro and lime juice, if desired.
Grilled Steak with Herb Butter
Let’s be honest, ask your father what kind of meal he wants for Father’s Day, and the answer is most likely going to be STEAK. Grilling steak to perfection can sometimes be a difficult task, so this recipe for the Perfect Grilled Steak with Herb Butter from Iowa Girl Eats is sure to make you the Father’s Day favorite.
- 2, 1lb bone-in strip steaks cut 1-1/2″ thick (or your steak of choice)
- grapeseed or vegetable oil
- Trim fat off of the steaks.
- Drizzle lightly with oil and season generously with steak seasoning.
- Light half of your grill burners, and heat on high for 10-15 minutes. Sear steaks on each side for 1 to 1 ½ minutes keeping the lid closed.
- Move steaks to an unlit area of the grill and cook for 7-10 minutes on medium.
- Remove steaks and let cool for 5 minutes.
For the steak seasoning:
- 3/4 Tablespoon rock salt
- 1-1/2 teaspoons whole black peppercorns
- 1/2 teaspoon dried minced garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon dried minced onion
- 1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
- 1/8 teaspoon red chili pepper flakes
1. Grind ingredients in a mortar and pestle, or crush ingredients in a Ziplock bag.
For the herb butter:
- Big pinch steak seasoning
- 1 stick salted butter (1/2 cup,) softened to room temperature
- 1 Tablespoon finely minced fresh rosemary
- 1 Tablespoon finely minced fresh thyme
- 2 Tablespoons chopped parsley
- 1 garlic clove, pressed or minced
1. Stir ingredients in a bowl.
2. Pour onto sheet of plastic wrap and refrigerate for 20-30 minutes.
Grilled Coconut and Pineapple Sweet Chili Shrimp
If you’re looking to make your Father’s Day meal a little bit of a surf-and-turf, these Grilled Coconut and Pineapple Sweet Chili Shrimp from Closet Cooking are easy to make and would be a perfect addition to whatever “turf” you choose. They don’t require a lot of ingredients and will make a yummy accompaniment to any summer meal out by the swimming pool!
For the coconut and pineapple sweet chili sauce:
- 3 tablespoons coconut cream
- 3 tablespoons pineapple sweet chili sauce
- 1 teaspoon sriracha, or to taste
1. Combine ingredients in a bowl and pour onto grilled shrimp.
For the grilled shrimp:
- 1 pound (20-25 or 16-20) shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 2 slices pineapple, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1. Skewer the pineapple and shrimp.
2. Put grill heat on medium-high, and cook for 2-3 minutes per side.
3. Brush with sauce.
Grilled Parmesan Garlic Asparagus
Now that we have discussed our main courses, we can’t forget sides. Add some veggies to your Father’s Day cookout with Grilled Parmesan Garlic Asparagus from The Recipe Critic! It’s a quick addition to your meal with a total prep and cooking time of 15 minutes.
- 1 pound fresh asparagus
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- Salt and pepper
1. Trim asparagus, lay in pan, sprinkle with salt and pepper and cover with olive oil.
2. Grill asparagus for 5-10 minutes in medium heat.
3. Cover in garlic and Parmesan cheese.
Pecan Pie Bars
No Father’s Day meal can be completed without dessert! These Pecan Pie Bars from Take a Bite are not only great for Father’s Day, but for holidays as well. This is a recipe that you can use again and again throughout the year!
- 2 cups flour
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temp
- 1/2 tsp. salt
1. Grease a 9 x 13 inch baking pan and preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
2. Using an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, combine flour, powdered sugar, butter and salt. Beat for four minutes or until completely combined.
3. Pour mixture into the pan and spread the crust evenly.
4. Bake for 12-15 minutes, remove crust, but leave oven on to bake again with the filling.
- 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 3 large eggs
- 2 Tbsp. bourbon or any liquor of choice (I used Kahlúa)
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 2 cups toasted pecan halves, chopped
- 1 cup chocolate chips
1. Whisk melted butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, eggs, liquor and salt, then add the pecans and chocolate.
2. Pour mixture into the crust and evenly spread it.
3. Bake for about 25-30 minutes, let cool, then cut into bars.
Fun fact: did you know that Take a Bite is a local OKC food blogger?
There you have it, a full list of recipes and ingredients to create the perfect family dinner for Father’s Day. The only thing that can make your Father’s Day cookout more perfect is the gift of a new grill or a new outdoor kitchen. Contact us today for a free quote.
Happy Father’s Day!