In my eyes, my dad can do anything. He is the mechanic, the cook, the driver, and—my favorite—the storyteller. When I was little, I loved those long family car rides where my mom and sisters would nod off to sleep, and I would stay awake to hear my dad spin a tale about a frog in a well or two horsemen racing to foreign cities. He influenced my love for stories in a great way.
For all the roles he played, my dad deserves a hearty meal to match his heart for building a great big world for his family. Giouvarlakia with Tomato Sauce and Oregano (pictured above) fits the bill, and I’ve gathered a few more recipes to share with the man of the hour this Father’s Day.
Eggplant Rollatini: The whole family will enjoy this hearty vegetarian dish, and you know how he loves it when everyone is together.
Seared Lamb Chops with Indian Spice Rub: Simple-ingredient and vegetable-lovin’ cook, Christine Chitnis, knows life is all about those delicious compromises, like creating this spicy, meaty dish for the men in her life.
Cheesy Bake-and-Broil Pasta: Dad knows just when to make the all-time, kid-favorite mac and cheese. Turn the tables, and make this cheesy pasta dish for him.
Sea Salt and Black Pepper Rub: This simple spice rub gives quality meat the flavor spotlight, just like dad who always let you shine.
Coq Au Vin a la Partridge: This dish conjures up images of remote villages and farming fields to pair with dad’s adventure stories after dinner.
Beef, Stout and Oyster Pie: Our expert on all things British, Sean St. John, unearths the culinary treasures of the ocean to make a country classic, which is similar to dad really—a treasure deep down and classic through and through.
Eat Boutique is an award-winning shop and story-driven recipe site created by Maggie Battista–shop girl, writer, author, and creative business coach. After hosting pop-up markets for 25,000+ guests, Maggie is working to open her first permanent Eat Boutique–a food-retail concept space with a new way to the very best food–as well as coaching women in food to reach life and business goals. Her second cookbook, A New Way to Food: 100 Recipes to Encourage a Healthy Relationship with Food, Nourish Your Beautiful Body, and Celebrate Real Wellness for Life, will be published by Roost Books on February 5, 2019.