Affordable Father's Day menu
Budget-conscious cook Miguel Barclay shares recipes for treating dad, including a clever substitute for parmentier potatoes
"My favourite part of Father’s Day is the surprise card my son Charlie will have been ‘secretly’ making at school, while also giving me an in-depth daily update about it. Although it costs nothing, to me, this is something that money can’t buy, and I keep them all in a box. Sitting around the table and enjoying a special meal with my family on Father’s Day is a memory I’ll cherish forever. But, celebrating Father’s Day doesn’t have to be expensive. By avoiding costly cuts of meat and doing something a bit inventive with some polenta, I have managed to create a very tasty menu that will be enjoyed by the whole family. Maybe those chips will be referred to as the ‘special daddy’s day chips’ – imagine how exciting that would be, your own house chip! And, the pudding looks like you’ve spent a summer in France learning the arts of the pâtissier, but it’s just some shop-bought puff pastry and peaches. I really enjoy cooking big, special meals, so this is an opportunity for me to spend the afternoon pottering around in the kitchen preparing a late lunch for about 3pm – sort of like on Christmas Day, but more relaxed and with less sugar." Miguel Barclay
Make Miguel's pork chops with creamy leeks, perfect for a Father's Day celebration.
Try these moreish polenta chips as an alternative to traditional potato fries. Flavoured with rosemary and salt, they make a crowd-pleasing side dish. Make the recipe.
This pudding looks impressive, but it’s simply shop-bought puff pastry and peaches. Make Miguel's peach tarte tartin.