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Two delicious Father’s Day menus

Diana De Cicco is a food editor and writer based in New York City. She has a master's degree from New York University in Food Studies. Her passions are eating, traveling, and eating while traveling.

Fabulous Food For Dad

Whether your dad loves the lighter foods of spring and summer or the rich, smoky foods of barbecue season, he will feel honored to feast on these Father's Day meals.

Father's Day burger

Rich, flavorful Father's Day fare

Grilled New Potatoes

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

2 pounds new red potatoes
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon seasoned salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat grill to medium heat. Place potatoes in a foil pan or on heavy-duty aluminum foil. Mix together butter, garlic, and salt and pour over potatoes. Cover pan with foil or form a packet with foil.
  2. Place potatoes on grill and cook 50 to 60 minutes or until potatoes are form tender. Potatoes can also be baked in a 400 degree F. oven for 50 to 60 minutes.

The Ultimate Burger

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

1 1/2 pounds ground sirloin
Sea salt, to taste
Ground pepper, to taste
1 sprig fresh rosemary, only leaves
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 large Vidalia or WallaWalla onions, cut into thick slices
1/3 pound Jarlsberg or Jarlsberg lite cheese slices
2 large vine-ripened tomatoes, cut into thick slices
4 large lettuce leaves
Tangy barbeque sauce
4 whole grain hamburger buns

Directions:

  1. Preheat grill to medium heat. Form meat into 4 patties and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Combine rosemary leaves with oil and brush onto onions. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Grill onions 2 minutes per side until they are tender and golden. Grill meat 4 to 6 minutes per side or until preferred degree of doneness. When they are almost done, place cheese slices on top and let melt.
  3. Coat rolls with the rest of the rosemary oil and grill until toasted. Place burgers on buns, top with barbecue sauce, onion slices, lettuce, and tomato.

Grilled Herbed Vegetables

Makes 4 servings 

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
2 teaspoons snipped fresh rosemary or 2 tablespoon snipped Fresh basil leaves
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 cups mixed vegetables, such as eggplant, summer squash or zucchini, green beans, red onion, and red, green, or yellow sweet peppers

Directions:

  1. Preheat grill to medium heat. Combine oil with garlic, rosemary, and salt. Toss vegetables with oil.
  2. Transfer vegetables to a large piece of aluminum foil and seal to form a packet, leaving a part open to steam. Grill vegetables for 20 minutes or until fork tender. Alternatively, packets can also be baked in a 350 degree F. oven for 25 minutes.

Barbecued S'mores Wraps

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

4 large flour tortillas
1 cup milk chocolate chips
2 cups miniature marshmallows

Fillings:

Pie filling (any flavor)
Butterscotch chips
Peanut butter chips
White chocolate chips
Caramel sauce
Hot fudge
Candied fruit

Directions:

  1. Preheat grill to medium heat. Place each tortilla on a large piece of aluminum foil. Top each tortilla with chocolate chips, marshmallows, and fillings of your choice.
  2. Roll tortillas like a burrito and wrap in foil. Grill for 3 to 5 minutes, turning to heat all sides and evenly melt ingredients.

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