The Ultimate Father's Day Meal: Let the Kids Cook It

By Sara Bonisteel, Epicurious

One of the joys of celebrating Father's Day is seeing the little ones pitch in to honor Dad. While they may not be old enough to make the entire meal, it's pretty easy for them to get in on the kitchen action, be it washing veggies, mixing toppings, or serving a summer elixir.

For starters, make Deviled Eggs. Young kids can sprinkle the paprika garnish on top, while teens can be put in charge of hard boiling and peeling the eggs. This Spicy Chick Pea Salad doesn't require any cooking, so pre-teens can pretty much whip it together themselves.

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Mom will have to tend the fire for our Grilled Corn with Lime-Cilantro Butter, but the kids can shuck the corn and remove the silk as well as mix together the butter that will garnish the recipe.

For the main event, try these Turkey Cheddar Burgers. Kids can form the patties (be sure they wash their hands before and after handling) or man the sandwich-assembly station.

Sun Tea is an excellent refreshment for children to make. Use a plastic container, so you can put your child in charge of bringing it in to the refrigerator to chill once the tea has brewed. Or have them serve Dad a cold beer from our summer beer picks or an ice-cold mojito.

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Finally, this Ultimate Mud Pie from the Philadelphia Phillies' Chase Utley uses a cookie-crumb crust. Your kid can crush chocolate cookies in a zipper-lock bag to make them homemade. Teens can probably handle the whole recipe from start to delicious finish.

If you're unsure of how to get started sharing kitchen responsibilities with your children, read our Cooking with Kids Primer by Tracey Seaman and our editor Tanya Steel. And be sure to visit our Father's Day guide for more ways to show Dad he's No. 1.

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