Our 15 Most Beloved Recipes from Dad's Kitchen
Many of our families' most beloved recipes are passed down from generation to generation, but in that equation, moms and grandmoms get a lot of credit for being the family cooks. However, these recipes prove dad has no reason to hide when the best family recipes are discussed. Each of these recipes highlights dad's favorite dishes, or the best dishes dad makes. Here are 15 of the most popular recipes that came from dad.
Dad's Breakfast Pizza
We all know (or have) the dad who could (and will) eat pizza at every meal. They just need a breakfast version to help them get there. Introducing: breakfast pizza. The "pizza crust" is made from canned biscuits, and it's topped with top-o'-the-morning ingredients, like eggs and bacon. You can follow the recipe exactly, or feel free to get creative. Diced breakfast sausage instead of the bacon, anyone?
Dad's Banana Nut Bread
Moms and grandmas get all the credit for being the bakers, but many of us know that dads are terrific bakers, too. "My dad made this bread for years to the delight to our family," writes recipe contributor tjmallick. "Pair it with a dish of fruit and a cup of coffee for breakfast. Yum! The flax seed meal gives a great texture without altering the flavor."
Dad's Kentucky Home Fries
If dad's at the stove cooking breakfast, you can bet there will be some type of fried potato to be served. These Kentucky-style potatoes are fried in bacon and flavored with just a bit of onion and salt. A few reviewers suggest you can amp up the flavor with your preferred seasonings,
Dad's Double Whole Grain Pancakes
Did you love the sound of waking up to dad flipping pancakes in the kitchen? We did, too. Annie calls these pancakes the "BEST!" But honestly, any pancakes dad makes are the best. These just happen to be terrifically light and fluffy. A few reviewers say you can use all whole-wheat flour (skipping the all-purpose flour), and they're still delicious.
Justin's Hoosier Daddy Chili
We suspect this "father" recipe did not in fact come from a father — the title is a quippy name, after all — but that won't stop us from highlighting this "award-winning chili." Recipe contributor Justin Swarens writes, "This is a wonderful chili recipe that I have used to win chili cook-offs in Indiana. It's hearty and spicy award winning chili that is sure to hit the spot on a cold winter's night."
Dad's Homemade Corn Dogs
Did your dad love taking you to the county fair or carnival when you were younger? Relive those memories with this corn dog recipe BetterCookingForSingleFathers shared. "My son loves corn dogs, but I despise all the additives in store-bought. This recipe makes us both happy!"
Dad's Cheesy Bacon Wrapped Meat Loaf
You may be familiar with the famous line from Wedding Crashers: "Ma! The meat loaf!" But soon you'll be thinking about dad when you're craving meat loaf. This version is very typical of a dad-created recipe. It's stuffed with cheese, wrapped with bacon, and loaded with even more cheese. "This is a recipe my dad has been making for years. Great for the cheese and bacon lover-- it's a huge hit with crowds, even kids! And it's a great comfort food!" writes Ashley.
Angie's Dad's Best Cabbage Coleslaw
We aren't sure if Angie's Dad knows his recipe is so beloved by the Allrecipes community, but we hope he'd be proud. With more than 500 ratings, this coleslaw recipe maintains five stars. But reviewers note you should make this ahead of time for the best flavor: "Don't make this recipe and expect it to taste good immediately. It's flavors really intensify over days and it keeps well for about 7-10 days, so do yourself a favor and make this recipe way in advance," writes reviewer AlliePeacock.
Dad's Creamy Cucumber Salad
Every time we share this recipe with readers, a whole new audience of people find love for MHudson's recipe. "This cucumber salad is very tasty! I salt my cucumbers for a bit and then drain them. You always have to drain the liquid off the cucumbers. The salt is what makes the cucumbers soft and salt-flavored. Delicious!" writes yoda0401.
Shepherd's Pie Daddy's Way
Recipe contributor MAMA29 writes, "This is a no nonsense approach to Shepherd's pie with just the basics," which sums up how we bet most dads like their comfort food.
Daddy's Sausage and Peppers
You know those dishes that might seem odd to anyone who isn't in your immediate family? Those are some of the most treasured family recipes, and Alllrecipes community member AMYM20 shared one such recipe, writing, "This is a great recipe for anyone who loves bell peppers! My dad always made this for me when I was growing up... now I make it for my own family and get raves every time!"
Dad's Favorite Peanut Butter Cookies
My dad's favorite cookie to make and to eat is peanut butter cookies. He loved making hatch patterns on the delicate dough balls before baking them up for us to all enjoy while warm. Recipe contributor Kendra Amaro says these are their dad's favorites, too. "My Dad's sister gave me this recipe for killer peanut butter cookies," they write.
Dad's Sugar Cream Pie
Allrecipes contributor Vanessa Hodson writes, "This is my grandmother's recipe from the early 1900s and was a favorite of my dad's. I think of them both whenever I make it!" With only seven ingredients, you might find this is too simple to not also be one of your favorites, too.
Dad's Orange Cardamom Breakfast Rolls
These sweet yeast rolls could be delicious any time of day, so don't let the title Breakfast Rolls keep you from sneaking one as a dessert or sharing one as an afternoon snack.
Recipe contributor Tanya Anderson writes, "One is never enough," which could be said of nearly every recipe, but these cookies evoke wonderful memories of homemade treats thanks to ingredients like rolled oats and flaked coconut. "My dad recently had heart surgery, so I was thrilled to find a cookie recipe that called for oil instead of solid fats. I used canola oil, omitted the coconut, threw in an extra handful of oats, and added some Hershey's Special Dark chips," writes reviewer HANSENJK.