Celebrate Dad this Father's Day with a home cooked meal made from the heart!
With costs soaring in almost every area and in every category, more people are opting to dine in on Father's Day. We have compiled a budget-friendly menu that will certainly please Dad!
How to make Beer Can Chicken
Ever wondered how to make beer can chicken? Our first menu item and recipe is just that; Beer Can chicken!
We enjoy making this on the grill outside especially in the summer, but you can also make it in the oven. The herbs mingle with the beer to infuse the chicken from the inside. Placing it on the beer can allows you to collect all those delicious drippings and rotate the chicken to get a nice even bake.
We start out by making a dry rub for the chicken. We put a little in the beer can as well along with fresh herbs. Be sure to dump out at least a half a cup of the beer, place some of the rub and fresh herbs inside the can. We also like to widen the beer can hole. Alternatively, you can simply punch a few extra holes in the top of the can.
As the chicken bakes we like to bast it with those delicious drippings so placing it on a sheet pan ensure we collect them. We also like to add some hearty vegetables towards the end of the baking to the sheet pan. Those drippings make a fantastic sauce for coating the vegetables in.
How to make Quick Potato Salad
A quick and easy side potato salad ensures that you have plenty of time to visit with Dad rather than being stuck in the kitchen all day! What’s more potatoes are relatively inexpensive making this a budget friendly side dish.
Our potato salad is quick because we use the microwave to quick bake them. Red Potatoes are our favorite for this recipe. We leave the skins on and give them a few good pokes before wrapping them up in a paper towel and placing them in the microwave.
Celery seed is our go to spice in this recipe. It gives the potato salad good flavor without having to add regular celery. Of course, if you love celery in your potato salad by all means add it. This recipe also calls for only 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise and we found that combined with the Dijon mustard and pickle juice it was just the right amount to add creaminess without going overboard. In fact, during our taste test, we found that people that typically shy away from potato salad because of a heavy-handed use of mayonnaise loved this recipe. It even tastes delicious with the potatoes warm, but we typically service it cold as it’s a great make ahead dish.
How to make Strawberry Pink Lemonade Cookies
For dessert we are going to show you how to make cake mix cookies! Bet you didn’t think you could use a boxed cake mix for something other than cake. As we head towards summer strawberry cake mixes become easier and easier to find. We even saw them on special at WinCo Foods for .48 cents a box! 😱 So if you have a WinCo Foods in your area head over and stock up now!
This recipe for Strawberry Pink Lemonade cookies couldn’t be any easier. The pink comes from strawberry cake and the yellow comes from lemon cake. These cookies are a lot like the chocolate scratch crinkle cookies we make at the holidays but with less work! The flavor gets a boost from lemon juice, zest and bakery emulsion by LorAnn oils. If you don’t have bakery emulsion on hand extract works just fine.
Feel free to play around with this recipe by using any type of cake mix and flavor combinations to make it your own unique cookie.