Frozen Desserts for Dad’s Day — Weekend Cookout by Maria Russo in Holidays, Recipes, June 14th, 2013
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This summer, Food Network’s Grilling Central is packed with recipes for the entire family’s taste buds, boasting the best in burgers, dogs, chicken and more all season long. But with so many recipes, where do you start? Each Friday, FN Dish is giving you a complete menu that is stress-free, and this weekend’s spread will be finished with a chilly frozen dessert to celebrate Dad on Father’s Day.
Even if your dad isn’t a fan of all things meat, bacon and beer, you can treat him to an extra-special dish in honor of Father’s Day this year — just save it until the end of the meal. Richly decadent and deliciously indulgent, frozen desserts are go-to party fare; they’re almost always prepared well in advance, and they’re guaranteed crowd-pleasers, no matter if you’re entertaining kids or grownups.
Showcasing the classic combination of peanut butter and chocolate, the Neelys’ top-rated Peanut Butter Pie (pictured above) is a five-star fan favorite that’s a cinch to make quickly at home. Combine cream cheese, powdered sugar and creamy peanut butter to make the foundation of the richly decadent filling, then fold in vanilla-laced whipped cream to add an airy lightness. The Neelys save time in the kitchen by using an already prepared chocolate crust as the base of their pie, so it’s A-OK to opt for the store-bought variety here. Be sure to let the pie chill for at least four hours before serving to allow it time to set, then offer guests toppings of hot fudge and crunchy peanuts on the side.
For a casual hand-held dessert that can be made in just 10 quick minutes, look to Food Network Magazine’s Praline Ice Cream Sandwiches (pictured right), made with everyday ingredients you likely have stocked in your pantry and freezer already. The beauty of these sandwiches is that you don’t have to prepare the ice cream nor the cookies; just layer praline ice cream and creamy caramel sauce between chocolate wafers, garnish them with chopped pecans, then wrap them up and freeze them until after dinner.
Appetizer: Grilled Shrimp
Main Dish: London Broil With Onion Marmalade
Side Dish: Skillet Cornbread Pudding With Ham and Pepper Jack
Dessert: Peanut Butter Pie (pictured top)
Cocktail: Long Island Iced Tea