Father’s Day Celebration – Sliders and Appreciation

Father’s Day Celebration – Sliders and Appreciation

Father’s Day is this weekend and we’ll all be taking time to celebrate the great dads in our lives. If you haven’t figured it out by now, Chef J is my brother, so I am the lucky lady who gets to sample all of the delicious recipes he shares with us here. Regardless of the great food, though, J is an awesome guy to have around. He was the father figure in my life from a very young age and shared that role when our amazing step-dad came into the picture (J will expand on this awesome dude in a moment). Older brothers don’t often get recognized on Father’s Day, so I’d like to take a moment to give J a little shout out. Thanks for always being there and taking care of me. You have a huge heart and have helped me in more ways than I can count. Double thanks for being such a fantastic uncle. You’re always up for babysitting and cooking lessons, comic books and video games — you’re just pretty super all around!

Before I start crying (ha! you know I’m already crying…), let’s have Chef J share some Father’s Day goodness! The floor is yours, Chef J!

This Sunday is Father’s Day, as the third Sunday of June always is. The origin and history of this holiday is a story with murky details, contentious claims, and the occasional absurd political rant — like any good patriarchal tale. Though there have been numerous claims made about who originally thought of the idea of setting aside a special day to give dads ugly ties, the holiday that we celebrate today is the result of the work of a plucky young lady by the name of Sonora Smart Dodd. She was the daughter of William Smart, a Civil War veteran, widower, and father of six. Dodd rallied support for a celebration of dads, much like the established Mother’s Day. The idea took root in her town of Spokane, Washington, and in 1910 on June 19th, the first Father’s Day as we (kind of) know it was celebrated. Though there was some initial opposition for the first, oh, fifty or sixty years, it was eventually signed into national law in 1972. Many who did not support the holiday spoke out in fear of the impending commercialization they assumed would surely follow. But those naysayers were quieted by the focused promotion of gift-giving by the New York Associated Men’s Wear Retailers in the ’30s. So…

So, this Father’s Day, make sure to get dad that terrible tie he’s been wanting. Or a new grill utensil set! How about some slippers? What do you do for the guy that devoted his life to raising you? I posit appreciation is the greatest gift you could give the old man. My biological father took off after realizing that a wife and four kids cramped his style. So it goes. But my step-dad is the best. Not only is he the wise, strong, supportive guy you would imagine the classic super-dad to be, he stepped into a role that he had no obligation to fill. He took on four kids that, frankly, were kind of terrible at times. He chose to be the father that we needed; he stuck around because he wanted to, not because he had to. So this Father’s Day I will be celebrating the hard work, love, and patience that my old man has given over the years. What’s more, my brother-in-law has recently become a father! Candi has already mentioned the sweet little Piper in her Mother’s Day article; she is a precious little goober, and her parents couldn’t be happier.

So how do I show the fathers in my life how much they mean to me on Father’s Day? With tiny hamburgers, of course!

SlidersFather's Day Sliders

  • 2 lb. ground beef
  • ½ white or yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 4 TBS butter
  • 12 small buns or soft dinner rolls, sliced
  • 3 slices of American cheese, cut into quarters
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Dill pickles, sliced
  • Salt & Pepper

Roll the beef flat until it is about 1/4” thick. Cut into 12 squares and season with salt & pepper.
Melt the butter in a large sauté pan.
Add the onions and cook until they begin to turn translucent.
Place the beef patties on top of the onions, place a slice of cheese on each one and cover.
Cook for 4-5 minutes. Don’t crowd the pan; if you need to cook the burgers in batches you can reuse the onions a couple times.
Sprinkle the onions over the buns. Place a patty on the onions, top with condiments and pickles, put the other half of the bun on last. You know, build a burger!
You can get away with a pound and a half of beef for really thin burgers.
You can double them up, add jalapeno, bacon, etc. Whatever Dad likes!
These also go really well with fries and milkshakes!

Printer friendly recipe: Fathers Day Sliders

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