A Father’s Day Board Spread

A board meal for Father's Day from Katie Workman/themom100.comHere’s the thing about Father’s Day (oh, and seriously, here’s the thing about Mother’s Day, too).  It just doesn’t matter what you do, as long as the person on the receiving end feels like you’ve put thought into it, you love them, and this is his/her day to be celebrated.  Maybe it’s making him a reservation on a golf course, or buying him three new great books, and giving him the afternoon to read quietly, maybe it’s a meal at his favorite burger joint.  The pressure of this holiday can confuse or overwhelm, but suffice it to say, I want to make sure Gary feels great, and while our kids are young enough to be around and into it, let’s pull out all the stops.

So, I always cook a dad-happy dinner with the kids, and for lunch this is the plan: a lovely cheese and charcuterie and crostini spread, on a gorgeous heart shaped butcher block cutting board (which makes a great gift for a cooking dad….or mom).  A board meal!  A spread!  I did a test run with a friend who was over helping my younger kid with Latin.  Based on his reaction, this will be a rocking way to make lunch feel special (without a ton of work) and still let everyone save room for dinner.

What’s on the board?


Prosciutto de Parma

A cool log-shaped brie! That’s fun.

Camembert.  Also, always a crowd pleaser.  But boy can you explore creamy fabulous cheeses:  Here’s one the kids and I are in love with: Champlain Valley Tripe Crème.

Fresh goat cheese and ramp chimichurri crostini – and if this appeals, sub in scallions for the ramps if you can’t get them, or do a smear of pesto (store bought or homemade) and goat cheese instead.

Oranges and strawberries

Now.  This Father’s Day board meal is all for inspiration, for you and for me.  Maybe your board will include salami and cheddar, maybe a gorgeous pate, maybe it will have fancier crostini.  Maybe it will be a lovely cheese arrangement.  Listen.  This is your day to make someone feel special, and creating this kind of meal is so much fun.  You know what goes on that board.

And for dinner, here are 10 dishes you might want to consider to make Dad feel like a rock star:

This Crowd Pleasing Rib Roast does not disappoint.

Grill up some robustly flavored Mexican Rib-Eye Steaks.  The boys in my family are suckers for a good steak, and I’ve noticed that’s a common thread amongst the Y chromosome crowd.

Don’t overthink it.  There’s never an occasion that can’t be celebrated with a cheerful Taco Night.

Q: Does dad love pork? A: Grilled Prosciutto Wrapped Pork Chops.  Pork 2.0

Celebrate both Summertime and Father’s Day with tender Slow Cooker Barbecue Pulled Pork Sandwiches.  Spice them up with a scoop of fresh salsa.

Favorites are favorites for a reason– Turkey or Chicken Chili with lots of toppings always works.

Looking for a different solution for a meat and potatoes Dad?  Serve up a few Mediterranean Braised Lamb Shoulder Chops atop perfect mashed potatoes.

Back to the steaks….a simple Grilled Marinated London Broil is an inexpensive but really flavorful cut. The inexpensive part can be your secret.

Want a seafood showstopper?  Try these enormous, super-sized shrimp.  Nothing says “I love you” more than shrimp the size of your hand.

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