My dad already has everything he needs, so when it comes to finding something for him for Father's Day, I'm usually at a loss. This year instead of getting him yet another button-down shirt, I'm going to cook him dinner on the grill. I've got a ton of Father's Day recipes that fathers everywhere would drool over. The beauty of the menu I've pulled together is that most of the recipes are quick (under 30 minutes) and those that aren't can be started the day before.
Here's the cookout menu I'm going to make for my dad on Father's Day:
Grilled Filet Mignon with Herb Butter & Texas Toasts (see recipe below): This dish is simply luxurious: grilled beef tenderloin smothered in a vibrant herb butter served on top of a garlicky slab of whole-grain toast. And yes, with only about 303 calories and 14 grams of fat total, this steakhouse-worthy entree can be part of a healthy diet. If you like, make extra herb butter to top chicken, fish or even a grilled pork chop.
Tomato-Basil Skewers (click for recipe): Skewering mozzarella balls and cherry tomatoes makes them easy to nosh at a party.
Lebanese Potato Salad (click for recipe): Dressed with a tangy lemon vinaigrette and fresh mint, this invigorating-and dairy-free-potato salad makes the perfect summer potluck contribution.
Warm Green Bean Salad with Toasted Walnuts (click for recipe): This colorful salad makes a fine prelude to a hearty dinner. Walnut oil's distinctive flavor delivers a rich hit to the dressing.
Sour Cherry-Fruit Slump (click for recipe): Award winning Cookbook author and baking expert Nancy Baggett delivered a winner with this easy dessert. A slump (sometimes called a grunt) is a cobbler with light, puffy steamed dumplings, rather than browned biscuit dough, on the top. This variation calls for tart "pie" cherries as well as an assortment of sweeter summer fruit (berries and plums) to round out the flavor and brighten the sour-cherry color.
Grilled Filet Mignon with Herb Butter & Texas Toasts
Active time: 45 minutes | Total: 45 minutes | To make ahead: Prepare herb butter (Step 2), wrap in plastic wrap and freeze for up to 1 month.
1 tablespoon whipped or regular butter, slightly softened
3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 tablespoon minced fresh chives or shallot
1 tablespoon capers, rinsed and chopped
3 teaspoons minced fresh marjoram or oregano, divided
1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest, divided
1 teaspoon lemon juice
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, divided
1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary
2 cloves garlic (1 minced, 1 peeled and halved)
1 pound filet mignon, about 1 1/2 inches thick, trimmed and cut into 4 portions
4 slices whole-grain bread
4 cups watercress, trimmed and chopped
1. Preheat grill to high.
2. Mash butter in a small bowl with the back of a spoon until soft and creamy. Stir in 2 teaspoons oil until combined. Add chives (or shallot), capers, 1 teaspoon marjoram (or oregano), 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest, lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Cover and place in the freezer to chill.
3. Combine the remaining 1 teaspoon oil, 2 teaspoons marjoram (or oregano), 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest, 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper, rosemary and minced garlic in a small bowl. Rub on both sides of steak. Rub both sides of bread with the halved garlic clove; discard the garlic.
4. Grill the steak 3 to 5 minutes per side for medium-rare. Grill the bread until toasted, 30 seconds to 1 minute per side. Divide watercress among 4 plates. Place 1 toast on each serving of watercress and top with steak. Spread the herb butter on top of the steaks and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.
Makes 4 servings.
Per serving: 303 calories; 14 g fat (5 g sat, 6 g mono); 80 mg cholesterol; 15 g carbohydrate; 29 g protein; 5 g fiber; 438 mg sodium; 462 mg potassium.
By Hilary Meyer
EatingWell assistant editor Hilary Meyer spends much of her time in the EatingWell Test Kitchen, testing and developing healthy recipes. She is a graduate of New England Culinary Institute.
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