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A Deliciously Easy Father’s Day Brunch Menu

Celebrate Dad with a satisfying meal that has make-ahead elements and plenty of steps the kids can help with.


A make-ahead eggy entree -- with bacon of course -- plus two man-friendly sides and dessert that can be eaten at brunch (make another pot of coffee!) or enjoyed later, that's our easy-to-make menu.


Canadian-Bacon Strata

The magical bread-and-egg duo that is a strata relies on an extended soaking period for the custardy results that is its signature. In other words, making it the night before yields the best results and heads off some day-of prep -- now that's a win-win! Stratas are versatile, they can be packed with different cheeses, vegetables, meats but we chose this recipe for its straightforward bacon flavor and Cheddar topping. Another thing sets this strata apart; instad of the usual baguette or rustic bread, this recipe calls for English muffins. Have eager mini-chefs help with or take on the assembly. (Psst: If making it hours in advance isn’t in the cards, the results are still divine.)


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Creamed Spinach

One of the many reasons to love creamed spinach is that it counts as a green vegetable but tastes like an indulgence. Our easy take on the classic calls for cream cheese and milk rather than the usual bechamel sauce. If you're up for sauce making and want a more traditional version, try this. Both recipes come together quickly, in just enough time to bake the strata and set out a carafe of fresh OJ. 


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Cherry Tomato Salad

Another dad and crowd-pleaser, this colorful, crisp, and fresh palate refresher salad is a recipe that older children can prepare all in the name of love.


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Blackberry Crumb Bars

There’s a million and one ways to indulge the sweet tooth, but these Blackberry Crumb Bars get our vote for Father’s Day Dessert thanks to their all-in-one appeal: equal parts meal-capping dessert, lazy afternoon snack, seasonal treat, and scrumptious homemade bite. For families on an efficiency hot streak, these sweets will bake up nicely the day before, but they’ll also do the trick as a Sunday afternoon post-brunch baking project with the kids. (With or without dad, we leave the choice to bake or indulge in another form of recreation up to him.) 


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About the Author

Teri Tsang Barrett

Teri is a southern California native who left it all to work in magazines in New York City. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, she completed the Culinary Arts program at the Institute of Culinary Education, skipped out on music journalism for the food world and never looked back. She eats everything -- except for water chestnuts -- and does not believe in reduced...


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