Father’s Day 2014 is coming up quickly on June 15th. This one of those holiday Sundays that’s perfect for lounging with dad, playing games as a family and eating well and enjoying beers in the sun. If you have an extended family or want to celebrate a group of first-time dad’s from the past year, this backyard cookout menu will be perfect. Adjust the recipes for a larger crowd.
Grilled flank steak and peppers
Marinate the meat overnight if you have time. Combine one cup low-sodium soy sauce with ½ cup of olive oil, ¼ cup of brown sugar, four minced garlic cloves, four green onions, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. Marinate 2-3 pound of flank steak in a bag or airtight container. Pull meat from the fridge 30 minutes before you’re going to grill it. Grill the steak on high for 8-10 minutes on each side depending on its thickness. Allow to rest for 10-15 minutes before slicing against the grain.
For the peppers, slice one large yellow onion and three bell peppers into strips. Wrap in foil with salt, pepper and olive oil. Grill alongside the steak. Veggies will be tender and smoky. Serve meat and veggies with hoagie rolls or tortillas.
Vegetable pasta salad
Start by boiling one package of your favorite pasta according to the box directions. Small dice the following: ½ red bell pepper, ½ green bell pepper, ½ yellow bell pepper, ½ small red onion, two stalks celery, one small zucchini, and four roma tomatoes (seeded). Toss in a simple Italian dressing (about half a bottle or more). Then, add pasta into veggies and top with pepper and feta cheese crumbles.
Spicy ranch dip
Mix one ranch packet with a 16-ounce tub of sour cream or full fat, plain Greek yogurt. Add in a tablespoon of Sriracha hot sauce and serve with potato chips and a crudite tray.
Peanut butter chip brownies
Start with a box of your favorite dark chocolate brownie mix. Add one tablespoon of instant espresso powder and then one cup of peanut butter chips. Bake according to package directions. The hint of coffee and punch of peanut flavor will turn up these ordinary brownies.
Put plenty of wheat beers on ice. Make a pitcher of lemonade from concentrate and serve in iced mugs. Pour half+ bottle of wheat beer over a shallow serving of lemonade. Delicious and refreshing!