Grandpa’s Most Requested Father’s Day Recipes

He's a man who knows what he wants!

Southern Living Old Fashioned Meatloaf on a plate to serve with mashed potatoes

Will Dickey; Food Stylist: Ali Ramee; Prop Stylist: Julia Bayless

He’s the rock of your family, so make sure this Father’s Day to treat Grandpa to something special. After all he’s done for your family, the least you can do is make him a meal he’ll love. We’ve pulled together all of his favorite recipes: Starting at breakfast and going all the way to dessert, our carefully selected dishes will please your pop. We’re dishing up all the classics: Mama’s Fried Chicken, Sausage Gravy and Biscuits, Fried Catfish, and more more.

We know that at the end of the day, Grandpa just wants to be surrounded by those he loves, so we hope that this selection will help start the party in the best way possible. Fire up the grill, crank that slow cooker, and get ready to make something special for a treasured member of your family.

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Sausage Gravy And Biscuits

Sausage Gravy and Biscuits

Southern Living

Biscuits and gravy are a staple in Southern households as is Grandpa's wisdom. He'll be happy to see this on the breakfast table to start off his celebratory day.

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Classic Lasagna

Classic Lasagna
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Your grandpa might be one of those wonderful gentleman that just loves a good meal and a good time enjoyed with family. We think he'll love our Classic Lasagna that won't take you all day to make, which means you have more time to spend together.

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Old-Fashioned Meatloaf

Southern Living Old Fashioned Meatloaf on a plate to serve with mashed potatoes

Will Dickey; Food Stylist: Ali Ramee; Prop Stylist: Julia Bayless

He'll love that this recipe is everything he expects when it comes to a good meatloaf, especially with that healthy dose of ketchup.

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Fish Fry

Fish Fry
Caitlin Bensel

Fishing for a compliment? Grandpa will love this Fish Fry. The catfish is sliced, soaked, and seasoned just as he likes it.

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Smothered Pork Chops

Smothered Pork Chops
Photographer: Alison Miksch / Food Stylist: Ruth Blackburn / Prop Stylist: Christina Brockman

We recommend serving these pork chops with egg noodles or mashed potatoes (whichever is Grandpa's favorite!).

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Cast-Iron Steak Salad

Cast-iron steak salad with fork and spoon

Antonis Achilleos; Prop Stylist: Lydia Purcell; Food Stylist: Ruth Blackburn

Our Cast-Iron Steak Salad has everything he really wants with potatoes, steak, and some strategic greens to make this dish a little bit good for him, too.

07 of 20

Mama's Fried Chicken

Mama's Fried Chicken

Southern Living

We couldn't call this list "Grandpa's most requested" if we didn't include fried chicken, and it's easier than you think. We'll teach you how to make perfect fried chicken in just three steps!

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Fresh Salmon Cakes With Buttermilk Dressing

Fresh Salmon Cakes with Buttermilk Dressing
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Missie Neville Crawford; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Give Grandpa a gift for Father's Day that will leave him some leftovers! Our Fresh Salmon Cakes With Buttermilk Dressing makes 8 salmon patties and dressing that can be served on much more than those salmon cakes.

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Oven-Baked Baby Back Ribs

Oven-Baked Baby Back Ribs
Photographer: Jen Causey, Prop Stylist: Claire Spollen, Food Stylist: Margret Monroe Dickey

Don't worry about firing up the grill, Grandpa can get his rib fix as long as you're willing to turn on the oven. Before putting the ribs in the oven, cover them in a dry rub.

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Homestyle Ground Beef Casserole

Homestyle Ground Beef Casserole
Will Dickey

Celebrating Grandpa is always a big day, so if you have a lot of fun activities in store, then turn to our Homestyle Ground Beef Casserole. As the saying goes, it "freezes beautifully" and we know it will be just the thing to serve your hungry crew.

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Spicy Grilled Chicken Breasts

Spicy Grilled Chicken Breasts
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Ruth Blackburn; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Add a little heat and fire to Grandpa's day with Spicy Grilled Chicken Breasts. We've got three sauces you can make to pair with this dish, too.

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Slow-Cooker Brisket

Southern Living Slow Cooker Brisket shredded with sauce ready to serve

Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox

Grandpa will be proud to see some Slow-Cooker Brisket on the table. Our pro tip: remember to let the brisket rest for about 10 minutes before cutting into it to help the meat reabsorb some of those cooking liquids.

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Cast-Iron Cowboy Steak

Cast-Iron Cowboy Steak
Hector Sanchez

A classic steak of course had to make it into this list. It's Grandpa's signature dish and we think he'll approve of our cowboy-inspired variation.

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Classic Beef Pot Roast

Classic Beef Pot Roast
Jennifer Causey; Food Stylist: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Stylist: Claire Spollen

It's Father's Day and in the South, there is nothing quite like enjoying a pot roast on a Sunday, so why break tradition now? Serve Classic Beef Pot Roast on a bed of mashed potatoes and a dinner roll.

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Easy Chili

Easy Chili

Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Torie Cox

It doesn't get much simpler than Easy Chili and we're sure it will be a hit with Grandpa. He can add all of the toppings his heart desires.

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Slow-Cooker Bolognese Sauce Over Pappardelle Pasta

Slow-Cooker Bolognese Sauce over Pappardelle Pasta

Greg Dupree

Some things just get better with age. Slow-Cooker Bolognese Sauce Over Pappardelle Pasta takes some time, but cooking it low and slow will make the most delicious sauce ever.

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Fish Tacos And Topping Bar

Fish Tacos and Topping Bar
Greg DuPree

Grandpa might deserve a tropical vacation, but we think he'll be satisfied with our Fish Tacos And Toppings Bar. We're serving these fish tacos with a side of Asian Slaw and Quick Chipotle Cream.

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Country-Fried Steak

Country Fried Steak
Southern Living

A Country-Fried Steak with gravy is most certainly not what the doctor ordered, but Grandpa sure did! It's a favorite for a reason, and we think our cracker coating is just about as good as it gets.

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Creole Burger

Creole Burgers
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

We use Creole seasoning and whole bunch of other carefully picked ingredients to elevate this beyond your everyday burger.

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Old-Fashioned Caramel Cake

Old-Fashioned Caramel Cake Southern Living

Courtney West

To finish off this special day, serve Grandpa a big slice of Old-Fashioned Caramel Cake. It's tried-and-true and we know he'll love it.

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