Ina Garten's Father's Day Menu Is Savory, Sweet, and Citrusy
And you can still treat your dad to Garten's indulgent meal with our better-for-you recipes.
Father’s Day is a time to celebrate our dads—that person in your life that takes on the role of support and confidante, who always picks up the phone when you call, who gives you tough but much-needed advice in times of need or a just a hug when that’s all the moment calls for. It’s a day to give your father the very best you can—and sometimes that’s means cooking up the perfect meal.
Thankfully, Ina Garten, domestic-goddess-in-chief, and arbiter of all things entertaining, shared her ideal Father’s Day dinner, a decadent feast that will show just how much you appreciate everything the father-figure in your life does for you.
On her blog, Garten posted recipes for a three-course meal that will totally knock dad’s socks off. Start out with a refreshing, crisp vodka Limoncello Collins to drink (Food & Wine also has a recipe for cucumber vodka Collins if your dad isn’t a fan of citrus).
For the main course, Garten suggests going with a classic, red meat dish: filet mignon served with mushrooms and mustard. While this is probably one of Garten's more advanced recipes, you can still serve something as delightfully indulgent as an entrée with our lighter recipe for chipotle hanger steak with sour cream mashed potatoes.
On the side, Garten suggests serving two tried-and-true companions to steak, asparagus topped with Parmesan and creamy garlic mashed potatoes. You can also make creamy mashed potatoes in a slow cooker to get them super smooth and silky.
Finish the meal off with a lush serving of Garten’s frozen hot chocolate, a simple but satisfying treat that will pair well with the rich flavor of the steak. Chocolate—the ultimate, no-fail dessert ingredient—is sure to please no matter what form it takes, but the key to keeping Ina's dessert as healthy as possible is curtailing how many servings you enjoy. Here are some of our favorite chocolate dessert recipes.