Foods of Our Fathers: Our Father's Day Brunch Menu

June 14, 2012 3:41 PM EDT | By Anthony Smith
Father's Day
We're serving up something incredible for Father's Day. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

This Sunday is Father's Day, and that means that you start thinking about what you're going to serve up for your pappy on his special day. Unlike Mother's Day brunch, which is infinitely more versatile, something in their beer makes every father into the same kind of lazy, finicky carnivore when it comes to this holiday. And who could blame him? This is his day to kick back more than he usually does, relax more than he typically feels is necessary, and enjoy the kind of pampering he can't usually admit to enjoying. We've got a one-plate brunch menu for every kind of dad (except vegetarian fathers, who don't exist). We hope that you'll love cooking it and sharing it with yours as much as we will with ours.

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Ribeye Steak Burger with Truffle Fries

You Will Need:

-A half a ribeye steak per burger

-One-fourth sliced avocado per person

-One egg per burger

-One bag of fries

-One piece lettuce or handful arugula per burger

-Crumbed blue cheese

-Salt and Pepper

-Olive oil

Holy moly, this is going to be exceptional. Let's start with picking our meat. You're going to want to go for a ribeye that's well-marbled with fat and redder in color (anything brown has frozen and thawed, even if it's organic, and is going to be seriously lacking in flavor). Unless you live near a fabulous local butcher, we recommend going to Trader Joe's for your meat. Their meat packaging standards are quite high for a chain supermarket.

Rub the meat down with olive oil. Next, rub garlic powder, coarse salt, and freshly ground black pepper. That's all a ribeye really needs to sing. But since it's father's day, we're going to get a little more decadent as we go.

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. On your stovetop, melt butter and olive oil on high heat until the butter melts and the pan begins to sizzle. Add your steaks and brown them for a minute on one side and a minute on the other. You're looking for a nice, golden-brown coating here.

When they're done, pop them into the oven for five minutes for a medium-rare steak. If you're looking for rare, do closer to three-and-a-half.

In a separate baking pan, cook a bag of frozen fries according to the directions on the bag. I know, I know, it's a shortcut, but whatever. You're gonna be truffling them up.

When your ribeye steaks are done, let them sit for five minutes. While they're sitting, toast your hamburger buns (we like our made from potato), slice an avocado, and fry an egg sunny-side up. Also, go ahead and take some crumbled blue cheese out of the fridge.

After five minutes, chop a ribeye steak right down the middle. This will make enough meat for two burgers. Dad will want two burgers. Give him two burgers and everyone else who's eating one burger. He'll feel mighty pleased with himself.

Assemble it this way: bun, green of choice, meat, egg, blue cheese, bun. The runny yolk of the egg and the blue cheese melt will take the place of any condiment you would have put otherwise.

Add the french fries to the plate and sprinkle with truffle oil. Serve them with good mayo for dipping.

Pour everyone a scotch-on-the-rocks and enjoy all the amazing father-figures in your life!


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