June 20, 2014
The weather just calls us out to the great outdoors (or the backyard), so we thought up a Father's Day menu that's designed to enjoy al fresco.
Each Dad has a different palate, but a quick poll around the Gourmet Food Store office turned up one unanimous winner - meat. Grilled meats, to be specific. So this year, our Father's Day menu is about firing up that grill and giving Dad an upscale version of his favorites foods.
And of course, no cookout would be complete without a signature cocktail, something for Dad to sip while he opens his presents. A selection of sweet desserts, a thoughtful, heartfelt card and lots of hugs and kisses, and you have the recipe for his most fantastic Father's Day ever!
Step 1: Dad's Upscale Dogs
Nothing could be easier or more delicious than throwing some delicious franks on the grill. To level things up a bit, try these fabulous Wagyu mini-dogs. Made from all-natural Australian Wagyu beef, they're a super affordable way to give Dad a taste of the world-famous Kobe beef without breaking your retirement-fund piggy bank. Pair them with a sophisticated honey mustard dipping sauce, which you can make ahead and keep refrigerated - just warm it up when you're serving the dogs.
Step 2: Cool Caipirinha Cocktail
He'll need a refreshing beverage to wash down all this food, and we think he'll appreciate this one. All Dads love sports, so in honor of the World Cup festivities, we included Brazil's most popular cocktail to our Father's Day menu: the citrusy and sweet Caipirinha. Limes, sugar, cachaca (pronouns kah//SHAH/sah) and lots of ice are all you'll need to craft this cocktail. Need some pointers? This video will show you how to make the perfect Caipirinha.
Step 3: The Father of All Burgers
This next course is the one that will make you his favorite forever: Grass-Fed Burgers Topped With Foie Gras. Start with great-quality grass-fed beef patties (or grind your own). The secret is in the foie gras slices - rich and succulent, it adds a layer of delicious decadence to what would otherwise be a regular backyard burger. Keep in mind that this is a relatively heavy dish, so make sure Dad doesn't load up on lots of chips (or too many of those delicious Wagyu cocktail hot dogs) beforehand. Or, just leave enough time between the appetizer and the burgers! See the full recipe for this meaty masterpiece below.
Step 4: Dad's Just Desserts
After recovering from his food coma, Dad will certainly be ready for his something sweet. Surprise him with a variety of summer-ready frozen cakes, no prep needed. Our line of delicious cakes and desserts are pre-made and all ready to go, no cooking required - and after all the work you put into the meal, we're sure you'll appreciate this sweet break from the oven!