Over the next five weeks, as we approach Father’s Day, I will be participating with four other bloggers in a series called Honoring the Man They Call Daddy.
My five-year-old is quite picky, but she gets it honestly from her Daddy, so I’m not too surprised by it!
Sean isn’t really a steak-and-potatoes guy, although he does love a good cheeseburger, so man fare looks a little different in our home than what you’d expect. Today, as we continue our series on honoring our husbands, I’m sharing some of Sean’s favorite meals:
Breakfast: Fried Egg Sandwiches
These fried egg sandwiches are easy and delicious! I don’t really have a recipe, though. I just fry up some eggs in a small pan, toast some bread and then assemble sandwiches, layering the eggs with cheddar cheese and sausage, ham or bacon, depending on what we have on hand!
Lunch: Chicken Quesadillas
Sean loves these quesadillas, especially with some Taco Bell sauce on the side!
- 1 lb. chicken tenderloins
- 1 packet taco seasoning
- 1/2 cup water
- 6 flour tortillas
- 1 cup salsa
- 1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Cook and slice up the chicken and then add a little bit of water and the chicken pieces to a skillet with taco seasoning
Next, warm up your griddle or pan and add a small amount of olive oil. Spread it out with your spatula and then add your tortillas. Give your tortilla a spin on the pan to distribute the oil – and to feel like a real chef – and then flip it over. Let that side warm and then flip it again and add cheese, chicken and any additional toppings.
Fold it in half and let it cook on one side. And then flip it and cook the other until it starts to get crispy.
Serve with salsa.
Appetizer: Crab Dip
Growing up just a couple hours from the Chesapeake Bay, we both have a serious appreciation for Maryland Blue Crabs. It’s not the cheapest dish on the planet, but we make this crab dip a couple times a year because it’s Sean’s #1 favorite recipe (okay, okay, and I kinda like it too!).
- 8 ounces cream cheese softened
- 5 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 16 ounces crabmeat drained and flaked
- 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons Old Bay
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients. Spread mixture into a 1 quart baking dish.
Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven. Serve hot with thinly sliced baguettes or crackers.
Dinner: Chicken Parmesan Bake
Sean likes pretty much anything Italian, so we eat pasta once or twice a week — sometimes with meat, sometimes without. This is one of our favorites!
- 12 chicken tenderloins
- olive oil
- italian bread crumbs
- parmesan cheese
- 3 eggs
- 1 box spaghetti
- 1 jar pasta sauce
- shredded mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Heat oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Lightly flour the tenderloins and then dip them in the beaten egg and then in the bread crumbs. Add the tenderloins to the pan and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side until golden brown.
In the meantime, cook the spaghetti al dente. Add pasta sauce and then pour into the bottom of a 9×13 baking pan.
Top the spaghetti with the cooked tenderloins, add a little more pasta sauce to the top of each piece of chicken and sprinkle generously with mozzarella cheese.
Bake for 20 minutes.
Dessert: Chocolate Mousse Pie
To be honest, this one stumped me, so I asked Sean what his favorite dessert is. He said, without hesitation, “chocolate mousse pie”. The problem is, I’ve never made chocolate mousse pie. So I asked him what his favorite dessert that I make is, and he said, “You don’t make dessert.” Oh, oops. So I came home and started Googling chocolate mousse pie recipes, and this one from Paula Deen seemed like a winner, easy and yummy! I made it over the weekend, and sure enough, it was a hit!
- 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 quart plus 3 tablespoons heavy cream
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 1 premade pie shell
- chocolate chips, for topping
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Poke holes in the bottom of the pie shell and bake for 11 minutes until golden brown.
While the pie shell cools, add chocolate chips, 3 tablespoons heavy cream and chocolate liqueur to a medium saucepan at medium-low heat. Cook for about 1 minute, until smooth and then mix in the vanilla extract. Let cool.
Combine sugar and 1 quart heavy cream in a mixing bowl and whip. When it reaches a consistency like whipped cream, fold the chocolate sauce into the cream.
Pour the mixture into the pie shell and garnish with chocolate chips. Wrap and freeze overnight.
What does man fare look like in your home? How often do you make your husband’s favorite meals?