What to cook for Father's Day

    Express your gratitute to the dad in your life this Father's Day by letting the kids make him breakfast in bed, baking him a sweet treat, or getting the barbecue blazing. 

    Chocolate cupcakes topped with edible rainbow sprinkles

    Celebrate this Father's Day by treating dads to their favourite foods. Kick off the day with a hearty brunch or breakfast in bed, followed by summer barbecue dishes and fun bakes which will keep the kids busy in the kitchen. If the weather isn't so kind, a Sunday roast is also sure to go down a treat. 

    Breakfast in bed

    Eggs benedict pancakes on a plate

    Does he love eggs for breakfast? Keep it simple, but special with this indulgent twist on a classic dish. Our eggs Benedict pancakes are stacked with layers of spinach, ham and hollandaise, then topped with an oozing egg. Serve with coffee and the Sunday papers for the ultimate chilled morning.

    More breakfast and brunch options...

    Dad's special brunch
    Healthy shakshuka
    Chorizo & halloumi breakfast baguette
    Eggy bread
    Gordon's eggs Benedict
    American blueberry pancakes
    Croque madame traybake
    Soft-boiled duck egg with bacon & asparagus soldiers

    Fire up the barbecue

    Three cheeseburgers with gherkins, salad and other fillings

    Everyone loves a good burger. These ultimate cheeseburgers will have dad, and the rest of the family, wishing it was Father's Day every day. If burgers aren't his thing, our succulent barbecued Greek lamb with tzatziki or chicken tikka skewers are tempting alternatives. For meat-free barbecue options, try these delicious vegan kebabs with avocado dressing or a fully-stacked spiced halloumi & pineapple burger with zingy slaw. Serve with a generous helping of our epic summer salad.

    More barbecue dishes...

    Pork & peach kebabs with Little Gem salad
    BBQ sausages with smoky tomato sauce
    Easy vegan burgers
    Seared steak with chimichurri dressing
    Chicken wings with cumin, lemon & garlic 
    Barbecued pork with sage, lemon & prosciutto
    Barbecue sesame sweet potatoes

    Find more ideas in our barbecue recipe collection.

    Roast dinner

    Roast dinner in a giant Yorkshire pudding

    If the weather isn't in your favour, or dad prefers a more traditional main, why not serve him up a hearty Sunday roast. Try our special twist, with steak and all the trimmings inside one giant Yorkie. For a more classic affair, our succulent slow roast chicken is a delight for the tastebuds and super simple to prepare.

    But who says roasts have to be all about the meat? Show your affection by creating a sumptuous veggie feast in the form of roast butternut squash, stuffed with herbs, nuts, barley and feta cheese.

    More roast dinners...

    Beef Wellington
    Nut roast
    Greek-style roast fish
    Roast summer vegetables & chickpeas
    Roast lamb studded with rosemary & garlic
    Maple-mustard pulled pork
    Piri-piri chicken

    Cakes and bakes  

    Rectangular chocolate traybake topped with sprinkles and smarties in a CAKE word formation.

    If cake is the way to a dad's heart then this is the perfect chance to whip out the baking aprons and get creative in the kitchen with the kids. A slice of banana cake and a cup of tea is guaranteed to make his day a little more special. Or write a heartfelt message on this American-style fudgy chocolate traybake using colourful sweets, edible sprinkles, nuts and chocolate shavings. 

    More Father's Day desserts...

    Dad's chocolate drop cake
    Beer tiramisu
    Chocolate brownie cake
    No-bake orange cheesecake
    Starry toffee cake squares
    Tutti frutti rounds

    Get more ideas in our Father's Day cake recipe collection.

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    Visit our Father's Day feature page for more inspiration.

    PS... Adult guidance is essential whenever recipes require kids to get close to the cooker.

    Will you be making something special for a dad this Father's Day? Leave a comment below...

    Comments, questions and tips

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    9th Jun, 2015
    Great idea to get the kids helping in the kitchen to create a special meal for Dad! Breakfast in bed is always a favourite in my house - and I've found a super easy way to do it. http://veg-inabox.co.uk/ have made up a Father's Day food box with loads of goodies that look delicious. Just what Dad needs!
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