Is there a better way to show your the dad in your life love than through food? We know the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, so we’re bringing you three Mantastic Menus for Father’s Day, to help you figure out what to make for dad this year. This second menu in the series delivers recipes for pure & simple classics that no dad would turn away.

We know dads love burgers, but what about a Oaxaca burger with Manchego, Avocado and Pickled Habanero Onions? Paired with a classic potato salad and a salted caramel brownie, this menu delivers traditional Father’s Day staples that sure won’t disappoint.

Father’s Day menu, #2:
Salted Caramel Brownies from Barefoot Contessa Foolproof by Ina Garten (below)
Oaxaca Burgers from Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction
Classic Potato Salad from Martha’s American Food by Martha Stewart

Salted Caramel Brownies

Salted Caramel Brownies Recipe
Excerpted from Barefoot Contessa Foolproof by Ina Garten
Makes 12 large brownies

½ pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter
8 ounces plus 6 ounces Hershey’s semisweet chocolate chips
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate
3 extra-large eggs
1½ tablespoons instant coffee granules, such as Nescafé
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
½ cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
1½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon kosher salt
5 to 6 ounces good caramel sauce, such as Fran’s
2 to 3 teaspoons flaked sea salt, such as Maldon

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a 9 x 12 x 1½—inch baking pan.

Melt the butter, 8 ounces of the chocolate chips, and the unsweetened chocolate together in a medium bowl set over simmering water. Allow to cool for 15 minutes. In a large bowl, stir (do not beat) together the eggs, coffee, vanilla, and sugar. Stir the chocolate mixture into the egg mixture and allow to cool to room temperature (see note).

In a medium bowl, sift together ½ cup of the flour, the baking powder, and salt and add to the chocolate mixture. Toss the remaining 6 ounces of chocolate chips and the remaining 2 tablespoons of flour in a medium bowl and add them to the chocolate mixture. Spread evenly in the prepared pan.

Bake for 35 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Don’t overbake!

As soon as the brownies are out of the oven, place the jar of caramel sauce without the lid in a microwave and heat just until it’s pourable. Stir until smooth. Drizzle the caramel evenly over the hot brownies and sprinkle with the sea salt. Cool completely and cut into 12 bars.

Note: You’ll want to find true caramel sauce rather than dulce de leche, which has a lot of milk or cream added. Fran’s can be ordered at

Note: It is very important to allow the batter to cool before adding the chocolate chips, or the chips will melt and ruin the brownies.