As a dad (and grandfather), I love Father’s Day. I’m spoiled (most of the time) for a day. I also look forward to a good meal or two. Below are recipe suggestions for dad, starting with breakfast and ending with dessert. All involve my favorite food: good extra virgin olive oil.
Who needs butter in pancakes when you can instead use a good extra virgin olive oil, like our Everyday Fresh! These pancakes come from José Andrés, whose acclaimed restaurants include The Bazzaar at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. They also include buttermilk and honey and are made from scratch. Bottom line: Why not cook dad flapjacks created by a famed chef! (Click here for the recipe.)
What to make dad for lunch? Why not a grilled cheese sandwich! But not just any grilled cheese sandwich. In the hands of Viviane Bauquet Farre, this comfort food dish achieves new culinary heights – thanks to a luscious garlic spread made from peeled garlic cloves cooked gently in extra virgin olive. Viviane, the culinary guru behind the excellent online magazine foodandstyle.com, uses crusty rye country bread, peppery baby arugula, the garlic spread, and a “nutty, pungent” aged cheddar, gruyère or fontina. I’d make the garlic spread with our robust Miller’s Blend oil so it pair’s well with arugula’s peppery note. (Click here to see the grilled cheese recipe.)
I like to fish in Mexico. And I’m able to enjoy my catch with our excellent extra virgin olive oil. And so I’m partial to seafood, especially when it’s served with rice. Wild halibut is in season. And it’s great for pairing with flavorful sauces – like South America’s chimichurri. No two chimichurri recipes are the same. The chimichurri in this recipe features fresh cilantro, oregano, parsley, extra virgin olive oil and jalapeño chiles for heat. Try our Everyday Fresh oil to make the sauce. (Click here to get the recipe.)
Like many dads, I’m partial to chocolate. And chocolate pairs well with good olive oil, especially our medium-robust Arbosana oil. So I’d be thrilled to sit down to chocolate orange almond olive oil cake from our friend Marie Simmons, the award-winning cookbook author. Better yet, I’ll be even more satisfied knowing this delectable cake is baked with olive oil – and not butter. (Click here to see the recipe.)
And to all you dads out there, Happy Father’s Day!