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Share Dad's Best Recipes!

By Kate Rowe, April 4, 2009  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Kate Rowe
Dad Cooking As promised when we asked for Mom's Best Recipes, we haven't forgotten Dad! Here's your chance to let us know about Dad's best recipes. Whether they cook one special meal or all the meals for the house, dads definitely have their place in today's kitchen. So come on all you kids, spouses and dads and share those best recipes with us in the comment section below by April 16th. We'll collect the best entries to highlight in a Father's Day feature in our e-newsletter, fl@vors, and on this Whole Story blog. Potatoes AnnaTo give you some inspiration, my dad is an accomplished cook and grill master, but his "best recipe" is Potatoes Anna. He makes an incredible version in a very well-seasoned cast-iron skillet. Requesting this treat is not something to be done too lightly, as this dish requires the peeling and thin slicing of a large quantity of potatoes. Then comes the layering, buttering, seasoning and cooking until the outside is browned and crisp and the inside is tender and melting. For the final touch, he inverts the whole potato cake onto a plate. It's a beautiful sight to behold! So, what's your Dad's best recipe?
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helpfuture says ...
" dad's best recipes "... sweet post..make me want to come home for dinner with my dad and his best recipes..brocoli with tomato sauce..delicious..!
04/05/2009 9:10:45 AM CDT
David Learn says ...
I'm hoping I can share as the dad in question. :-) I make my own black bean burgers, buns included. I take a can of black beans and, after smashing them with a fork, mix in an egg, about a cup of bread crumbs, and a small chopped onion. Then I add oregano, salt, black pepper, garlic powder and basil to taste, before stirring in a tablespoon of hot sauce. (I prefer habanero sauce, but will use jalapeño sauce if that is what I have.) The recipe makes five burgers, which I so far have cooked only on a skillet. The buns come from a sourdough recipe I found a few years ago on the Internet, so I take no credit for them, but the burgers are all mine, and they're a hit even with my children. My next trick will be to find a way to make a black bean meatloaf.
04/06/2009 12:17:10 AM CDT
Reilly says ...
My dad is definitely a grill master, too. He makes the best steak - we NEVER go out to steakhouses because his taste so much better! He's also great at grilling chicken and marinades it in Gazebo Room All-natural Salad Dressing and Marinade. So good! We have a 4th of July picnic at our house every year and my dad is always manning the grill!
04/06/2009 6:30:00 AM CDT
brett says ...
My Dad is a GREAT cook. He worked a lot, but he still cooked almost as much as my Mom, just because he likes it. That's how they created a son who is obsessed with food. In my family, everyone cooked, and ate, and talked about food. My Dad makes the best steak, the best barbecued chicken, the best fried chicken, the best chicken fried steak, and the best chocolate fudge. He also is great at other Southern foods like greens, peas, etc. And of course he is the master breakfast cook. However, there are no "recipes" to speak of. He has it all in his head and his recipes are really just roadmaps. He doesn't really follow or need recipes. I think that's more how Dads cook in general.
04/06/2009 7:19:09 PM CDT
Tinky Weisblat says ...
I wrote a tribute to my father recently on what would have been his 90th birthday. I'd be happy to have you use any part of it. He was a doll (if NOT the world's best cook). Here is the post on my blog: http://ourgrandmotherskitchens.com/2009/02/12/father-abraham/ Happy Father's Day to all..........
04/08/2009 2:28:39 PM CDT
Mary Lynn Conejo says ...
My late father was a "sandwich man" in an upscale restaurant when he first came to this country from Cuba in the late 1940s. He did not cook, per se, but among my friends he had the reputation of making the best "monster" sandwiches, so called because they were big enough for a monster to eat. He always got the best ingredients - the bread (Italian or French) from the bakery, the cold cuts from the Italian deli, the tomatoes and lettuce from the produce man. When I was a child, we would walk up the avenue on Saturday mornings gathering our ingredients, then go home and make and eat the sandwiches. I try to duplicate them, but they don't taste like his did. They were simple sandwiches, with simple, but fresh ingredients. Everyone loved them, and still talks of them.
04/08/2009 4:08:54 PM CDT
Tim Muse says ...
I have a great Cuban chicken dinner recipe. I live in Monterey, Ca. and when I was craving a Cuban sandwich, none could be found. I came up with the following recipe to cure my craving. Take a thick cut pork loin chop and butterfly it. Rub inside of pork with your favorite mustard and season both sides with sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper. Stuff the middle of the pork with Mozzarella cheese, your favorite sliced ham, sliced dill pickles and a sprinkle of dried Oregano. Tie the chop closed with cooking twine. Saute with olive oil for about 4 minutes a side. Serve with tomatillo salsa (salsa verde)and black bean puree. Canned prepared beans blended, heated through and topped with cotija cheese.
04/08/2009 7:34:01 PM CDT
Leigh Ann Garrett says ...
My dad is not a great cook...he is many other things to our family, but he was not meant to be the head chef. One thing that he used to make when my mom was busy was Frito Pie. I mean, simple enough yes, but even now when I smell/see Frito's it takes me back to my childhood! He would make some yummy chili (or buy it) and give us a small bag of fritos, scoop chili inside the bag and top with shredded cheese. Really doesn't get much easier or yummier that that! Thanks Dad, I love you!
04/09/2009 9:09:27 AM CDT
Janice says ...
My dad makes the very best asparagus risotto on the planet! He grills the asparagus first and then starts the risotto. He is very patient and the risotto comes out perfectly every time.
04/09/2009 9:11:20 AM CDT
Diane Browning says ...
My Dad makes the BEST cornbread in the south! He will only use a cast iron skillet and has to pre-heat it to just the right temp! Has to use buttermilk! If forced to use "sweet milk" he is never pleased. Served up hot with lots of butter! Wow - I cna smell it now. Food brings us such great memories with just a mention or smell!
04/09/2009 9:15:32 AM CDT
Jenny Gomeringer says ...
My dad was the reason we ate at our house! His roast chicken is famous in our family and he made it every friday night. Family dinner was a requirement before we all went our seperate ways for the weekend and was a dinner full of talking, laughing, shouting and storytelling. Now that I'm grown with my own family the same rules apply - roast chicken on Friday nights for our family dinner! Dad's Roast Chicken 3-4ib whole chicken (organic is best!) Wash off and pat dry Place in glass baking dish Fill baking dish with 1 inch water Cover the chicken with the following spices: - Garlic - Salt - Pepper - Paprika Bake at 375 for 1 1/2 hours (or shorter/longer depending on your oven) Carve up with your kids and enjoy!!!
04/09/2009 9:16:14 AM CDT
Carolin says ...
My dad's best recipe is chicken filled with a mass from white bread, onions, garlic, parsley, eggs and chicken liver. French Fries and salad to it... absolutely delicious! :o) love it!
04/09/2009 9:19:46 AM CDT
Darcey says ...
I have to say that Dad wasn't always the most creative cook. He stuck mostly to spaghetti, meatloaf, and anything he could grill (aka, overcook). But one of his "recipes" that I enjoy even to this day, were his "Pizza Potatoes" - bake a potato in the oven and mash it up in a bowl. Top it with marinara, sauteed veggies and a generous helping of mozzarella, then broil until the cheese is bubbling. These days, I make large batches of my own marinara in a slow cooker, and freeze it so I always have it on hand for Daddy's weeknight specialty. Add in a salad, and you've got the perfect meal!
04/09/2009 9:21:57 AM CDT
Jeannette says ...
My dad makes the best cheesecakes in the world! Seriously, all of my family members tell him "don't buy me a present for my birthday this year, just make me a cheesecake!" lol. Every mother's day my church has a big breakfast for all the mom's after each mass. My dad always makes like 7-8 cheesecakes every year to cover all the different breakfasts. The moms LOVE it. They remember the cheesecakes and come back every year just for them. He makes a lot of different varieties. His classic is a cherry cheesecake, but he has also made an oreo cheesecake, pumpkin cheesecake, and my favorite: strawberry cheesecake. I think they taste so good because he LOVES baking them, and all that love goes right into his delicious cheesecakes.
04/09/2009 9:30:20 AM CDT
Amanda Gilmore says ...
One of my dad's best recipes is pizzaguina. Its a family tradition for years and years and he makes it about 2 or 3 times a year. (Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving if we're lucky) Pizzaguina is an italian stuffed calzone like pizza. It is made with the best soppresata sausage, firm mozzerella cheese, 10 boiled eggs and 2 raw eggs. You create a filling with these ingredients after mixing them together that gets placed betweeen two layers of homemade pizza dough. You bake in the oven at 375 for 30 min. The cheese melts and the pizzaguina tastes wonderful. You can eat it hot or cold. By far, this is the best thing that my dad makes and a tradition I will continue. He's a great cook!!
04/09/2009 9:47:04 AM CDT
Pamela Dodd says ...
My Dad, who died in 1982, made the easiest, best salad dressing. 3 tbsps. extra virgin olive oil, 1 tbsp. lemon juice, and 1 tsp. mustard powder (more or less to taste). Add a bit of sea salt if you like, and pour. Delicious!
04/09/2009 9:48:33 AM CDT
Laurie says ...
I learned how to cook from my pops. I am a HUGE cook because of him. Food means EVERYTHING! Love, community, sharing, etc. MY favorite Dad recipe is his turkey soup. I swear it heals cancer, haha. Easy Turkey Soup Simmer for 1.5 hours, covered 2 cartons of Chicken Broth, additional water if needed 2 – 3 turkey legs, (with bones) 1 15 oz cans of crushed tomatoes 3 – 4stalks of celery pepper & salt remove meat from bones Add and simmer for 1/2 hours, covered 4 – 5large carrots, sliced, 1/2 inch 2 – 3leeks, sliced, sliced, 1/2 inch 2 15 oz cans of butter beans, rinsed 1 cup of fresh parsley Enjoy!!!
04/09/2009 10:01:11 AM CDT
Ron says ...
My dad makes the best steamed fish. Of course it works well with live fish but you don't get that here in Austin. But I do try to choose the freshest fish that I can find. http://ifyancanyoucan.wordpress.com/2008/11/04/cantonese-styled-steamed-fish/
04/09/2009 10:14:02 AM CDT
Patrick says ...
My dad made the best Chili Cheese Coneys. Not much of a recipe, but lots of fond memories of eating these (with him complaining about slaving over a hot stove) and watching baseball with the old man. Cook the hot dogs in the oven on broil (and not in boiling water - that makes 'em too soggy); load up the dogs & buns with Wolf chili (no beans), lots of plain ol' mustard, choppped onions and grated cheddar cheese. Then, put the whole mix in the oven on broil just long enough for the cheese to melt and the buns to get a tad toasty. Usually takes just a couple of minutes.
04/09/2009 10:24:33 AM CDT
Lynn says ...
My dad makes the best homemade philly cheese steak around. He uses hoagie steaks, button mushrooms, garden fresh onions and green peppers; cooking everything in an electric skillet at about 300 to 350 degrees. He usually buys two kinds of cheeses; mozzarella and provolone slices for when he spoons the steak mixture on a pre-sliced hoagie bun. The heat from the steak melts the cheeses together. It's so good! Of course, he's a great cook all around and just doesn't have one "best" recipe.
04/09/2009 10:28:45 AM CDT
Sarah says ...
My dad doesn't cook very much but he BAKES amazing cookies. He's been making them since i was little tweaking the recipe that was originally on the back of the Tollhouse Chocolate Chips bag. Now they are his own masterpiece with three different types of supreme dark chocolate. He calls them "chocos" and purchases a lot of his different chocolate and baking foods at WF of course. I have eaten the dough for as long as I can remember and whenever I walk in my house and smell them baking, I am immediately smiling.
04/09/2009 10:29:49 AM CDT
djtruju says ...
My Dad's best i would say is his BBQ Ribs and el Puerco al Horno (Roasted Pig), cooked in a homemade outdoor oven/grill hybrid. He usually will cook 2-3 pigs a year, starting up around SuperBowl time. It's great a backyard pig pickin' North Carolina Style in Texas.
04/09/2009 10:31:35 AM CDT
Kimkins4Me says ...
My dad's masterpiece was Thanksgiving turkey and sage stuffing. It was an all day affair with much basting, chopping, strong country seasonings and presented with great fanfare. It's the dressing I still make (and keep close to my heart).
04/09/2009 10:42:16 AM CDT
rob barrett says ...
This is my wife's favorite meal I cook. It's a healthy version of coconut shrimp that just uses olive oil, thai seasoning and coconut. Here's a video of how to make it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9-YtIa7Gkk Rob's Coconut Shrimp Shrimp 1 lb uncooked 16-20 count size coconut flakes, sweetened Thai seasoning olive oil salt and pepper (preferably kosher salt) Coconut shrimp Peel and wash shrimp. Heat a swish of olive oil in frying pan on high heat. Add shrimp to pan in just one layer. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and thai seasoning. Cook for 1 minute or until the edges start to turn red. Flip over and reapply salt, pepper and thai seasoning. Sprinkle coconut flakes over shrimp. Cook for one more minute or until cooked through (red throughout) stirring and adding coconut until some coconut is on each shrimp. Serve hot and enjoy.
04/09/2009 11:17:27 AM CDT
char says ...
My Dad never had a recipe, but when he grilled anything, usually in the summer with the baseball game on, right after he cut the lawn he would pour a good bottle of beer over whatever it was as it slowly cooked. It made the best ribs and chicken and a memory to last forever.
04/09/2009 11:41:04 AM CDT

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