Knock it Out of the Park for Dad!
Knock it out of the park this Father’s Day with an All-American Lunch! Dad will sure love your creativity for this early summer celebration. Turn his love for the game into a baseball -themed luncheon guaranteed to make your dad’s big day a smash-hit!
Break out the patriotic red, white and blue and transform the back yard into a field-of-dreams for dad’s special day. The dining table becomes the infield with a layer of faux turf as the tablecloth while a ball & glove, helmet and bat are grouped together as the centerpiece. In keeping with the All-American pastime Mason jars are painted white with red stitches to resemble a base ball that holds utensils in their place and later the beverage. Red and white placemats and checked napkins add star-spangled panache to the classic white dinner plate. Boxed Old Fashioned Cracker Jack and miniature Baby Ruth Candy Bars greet dad and family members as they approach the pre-set table and place settings.
How to make the Baseball Mason Jar for Dad’s Big Day!
You will need red and white acrylic paint, two paint brushes, one for painting the jar and one for painting the red laces, and Mason jars.
Begin by cleaning the jars and drying completely. Next, paint the jars on the outside of the jar the white acrylic paint with large brush. Allow to dry and coat again. After drying with the red paint and small brush with fine tip, make the red laces to resemble a baseball. So easy and so fun. Allow to dry before using.
This paint will come off when washed in dishwasher or held under water so it is not a permanent design. If you painted the glass with glass paint and baked them they would stay painted. They were so cute on the table! Make some for your dad he will love it.
Step up to the plate and take a swing at this simple menu for a Father’s Day lunch. The ballpark food includes Corn Dogs, Hamburger Sliders, and French Fries. The hamburger sliders are filled with Worchester sauce, Jalapeno Ranch dressing, and cumin. Prepared mustard is spread on both sides of the raw burger before grilling creating a seal that keeps the hamburgers moist on the inside. Toasted slider buns are layered with leafy green lettuce, ground sirloin burger topped with Pepper Jack cheese, sliced red onions and tomatoes, making this stacked slider a home run. You could serve regular sized burgers instead of the mini sliders, but with the corn dog and French fries the slider covers the bases.
Not to throw a menu curve ball, but you might want to bake an extra batch of the Brown Sugar Bacon Fries. Crispy thin frozen fries are baked and sprinkled with sea salt and brown sugar granules. Bacon strips are coated with black pepper and brown sugar during the baking process that adds a sweet, salty, and spicy flavor to ordinary fries. Serve these fries in a blue star-studded paper cone with sticks of sweet peppered bacon making this side dish a grand slam!
The Corn Dogs are made with a semi-thick batter and deep-fried to golden perfection. Long chopsticks are inserted in to the all-beef hot dogs and provide the most stable support for frying. When making corn dogs, you need to coat each hot dog with cornstarch first then coat with the batter. If the batter is too thick the inside batter will not be evenly cooked for the outside of the batter will brown very quickly in the hot canola oil. If the batter is to thin and you don’t coat the hot dogs with cornstarch the batter will not stick to the hot dog. You also need to serve these dogs as soon as they come out of the fryer or keep in a low temperature oven to stay crisp. If by chance you splash hot oil on you hands during the frying process, cornstarch makes a great calming and healing treatment.
What is more American than a Cherry or Apple Pie? Mini Lemon Cherry Pies are easy to assemble and serve. Greek yogurt and Lemon Curd are creamed together for the filling of the mini graham cracker crust pies. Canned cherry pie filling covers the top of the custard making these desserts one for the record. Keep the pies refrigerated until ready to serve, the red cherry pies presented on a white serving platter complements the red, white and blue color scheme and tastes great after all the fried foods. This special occasion meal is on the greasy side so if you want to lighten it up, change the corn dogs to regular hot dogs with maybe a side of kraut and skip the fries.
A baseball game isn’t the same without peanuts and root beer. Dad’s Old Fashioned Root Beer sports the dark bottles with its brand label, “America’s Premier Root Beer”. Soak a few shelled peanuts in a cold brew of root beer for a refreshing beverage anytime during this special day of celebration.
America’s favorite pastime inspires fans of all ages, especially dads who love the game. So batter up… get a game plan and go for the triple play. Serve the first pitch to your team for celebrating your dad’s day with an easy to prepare All-American menu. As you wind up your lunch celebration take a moment to let your dad know that he is one of your favorite all-time MVD’s… most valuable dad.
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