The Pioneer Woman's Hearty Father's Day Meal
Ree Drummond, the amiable wife and mother behind the popular Pioneer Woman blog and Food Network TV personality, is all about soul-feeding comfort food that leaves her family full and happy. So what better way to reward the dads in your life on Father's Day than with heaping plates of her culinary classics? Read on for five recipes that will show him how much you appreciate his love this June 16.
Get the recipe!: Toasted Ravioli
Drummond warns that these appetizers are "exceedingly addictive." And though they're actually fried, not toasted, as the name suggests, they're still easy to make. "It's the perfect pre-dinner bite for any Italian-ish menu," Drummond tells PEOPLE. "Both my husband and my own dad just love it."
Get the recipe!: Chicken Parmigiana
"If I want to step away from the typical meat-and-potatoes approach, I know this luscious Italian classic will always be a hit with [my husband] Ladd," Drummond says. "My girls love making this dish, and it's always a good choice for Father's Day."
SUNDAY NIGHT STEW
Get the recipe!: Sunday Night Stew
Your whole family will find lots of comfort in this beef stew, which simmers for hours and is served over creamy mashed potatoes. By the time the dish is ready, the house is filled with the hearty aroma of stew that would whet any cowboy's appetite.
Get the recipe!: Onion Strings
Another addictive Father's Day option: crispy onion strings, drenched in buttermilk and dredged in flour and a pinch of cayenne pepper. "Ladd loves these … as a side dish or piled high on top of a juicy burger," Drummond shares.
Get the recipe!: Pecan Pie
"Ladd used to think he didn't like pecan pie … until he tried this one," Drummond says. "Now he craves it whether it's Thanksgiving or not! I love making it for him on Father's Day."