They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, so why not reach out and pull on those heart strings this Father’s Day with one of these hearty meals? Father’s Day is the perfect day to grab the apron and get to cooking. If the man in your life is a fan of hearty meat-focused meals, these recipes are certain to impress.

Leg of Lamb

Want to make something special for Father’s Day? Try this stuffed leg of lamb recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 boneless leg of lamb (4-5 pounds)
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 10 ounces of Spinach chopped (about 1 pack if prepackaged)
  • 1 ounce of cooking wine
  • 4 ounces feta cheese
  • Favorite lamb rub (or just salt and pepper)
  • Fresh basil
  • Olive oil
  • Butcher’s twine

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Toast your pine nuts in a skillet. Remove and set aside.
  3. Place a little olive oil in the skillet and add enough spinach to fill the bottom of the skillet. Cook it down until it starts to wilt. Keep adding in spinach until it has all wilted.
  4. Lay out your leg of lamb. Cut down the muscles until the leg of lamb lays flat.
  5. Add a layer of spinach to the top of the lamb, then feta cheese crumbles, fresh basil, and finally the pine nuts.
  6. Fold the leg of lamb over on itself so that you have all the toppings on the inside.
  7. Tie with the butcher’s twine.
  8. Once it is tied, add the rub to the exterior and bake for 90 minutes. Serve and enjoy.

Port and Stilton Burgers

A huge juicy burger can be just what the doctor ordered this Father’s Day. Instead of sticking to the traditional burger, try a port and stilton burger to give Father’s Day a little pick-me-up.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds hamburger meat or ground steak
  • 1 cup ruby port
  • 3 ounces stilton cheese softened
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Hamburger buns

Directions:

  1. Heat your ruby port in a small saucepan on the stove until it is reduced to approximately 2-3 tablespoons. This should take about 10-20 minutes depending on heat.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a skillet or griddle until very hot.
  3. Create hamburger patties that are about 1/2 pound each.
  4. Season with salt and pepper and cook on the griddle.
  5. After hamburger is cooked to desired doneness, add stilton cheese and let melt.
  6. Remove hamburger and place on buns and top with the reduced port.
  7. Serve.

Honey and Whiskey Baby Back Ribs

There may not be a more manly meal out there than the honey and whiskey baby back ribs. These ribs take it to the next level with an amazing whiskey marinade and honey glaze.

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 racks of Baby Back Ribs (4-5 pounds)
  • 1/4 cup of soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup of whiskey
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons grated ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • Pepper

Directions:

  1. Mix all the ingredients together and whisk together.
  2. Marinate the ribs in the mixture for 4 hours in the refrigerator or overnight.
  3. Bake ribs at 300 degrees for 2 hours. Use a foil lined baking sheet.
  4. Take out of oven and grill slightly on each side.

Want to take it up another notch?

Add some honey glaze. Mix 1/4 cup honey with 2 tablespoons hot water and whisk. Add 1/2 cup lime juice, 1/4 cup soy sauce, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 1/4 cup cilantro, and red pepper flakes to taste. Mix together. This can be used as a dipping sauce for the ribs. Or you can use it as a honey glaze. To glaze, baste the ribs with the honey glaze and cook for an additional 15 minutes. Remove from oven and baste with glaze again before searing on each side.

Do you make a Father’s Day meal? What are some of your favorite recipes?