Honor Dad with Father’s Day recipes featuring the finest meats in all the land for a fine fete he’ll never forget.

Alliterations aside, we’ve culled five gourmet recipes, including a splendid, overflowing charcuterie board, along with a ton of “fixins” that gets the party started. And tender, marinated steak surrounded by a summer’s bounty of vegetables makes for a great main course. Sumptuous sesame-seed-crusted tuna is stellar summer fare. And juicy-sweet chicken kebab skewers make for fast, easy grilling.

There is something for every hungry dad to love in this lineup. But Father’s Day wouldn’t be complete without a classic side of slow cooked, smoky baked beans.

These Father’s Day recipes are worthy of a king. “King Dad,” that is.

Ultimate Charcuterie Board

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This teeming array of cured meats, nutty and sharp cheeses, salty nutsolivesfresh and dried fruits, and a mix of piquant and sweet spreads, including roasted red pepper and artichoke spreadsweet clover honey, and fresh herbs, is a grand gesture of love for Dad and your guests, which may include other dads. You’ll delight in watching everyone create unique appetizing combinations from this smorgasbord array of flavor and fun.

Antonia Lofaso’s Bourbon-Peppercorn Steak Salad

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Chef Antonia Lofaso nestles a perfectly cooked bourbon-peppercorn marinated steak among a plethora of hearty vegetables for her spin on the traditional tuna Niçoise salad. Tender-crisp string beans, roasted baby potatoes, pattypan squash, and Brussels sprouts intermingle with shaved carrots, spicy radish, and zucchini. Each vegetable lends incredible texture and bursts of gorgeous color in a salad that can be offered family style or plated for the guest of honor as the main course.

Grilled Chicken & Pineapple Skewers

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Are you thinking of grilling for an outdoor Father’s Day soirée? These succulent teriyaki chicken skewers are an easy make-ahead dish. Marinate chicken breasts overnight in unctuous teriyaki sauce, then thread them on a skewer with onion and fresh, bright summer peppers. The salty and umami flavors in the chicken get a pop of sticky-sweet glory when you glaze them with charred pineapple relish. Keep extra relish on hand for dipping chips, or even use it to top grilled burgers, or drizzle it across grilled fish tacos. Or just drink it on its own. Go ahead. We won’t judge.

Pati Jinich’s Seared Tuna Steaks

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Pati’s recipe for tuna steaks with spicy HoneyBell sauce is inspired by her Mexican heritage and love for the bold juxtaposition of spicy, tangy, sour, and salty flavor profiles in one meal. She also borrows Asian influences for a soy sauce base and sesame seeds for the tuna’s coating. To protect the moist and supple interior of the fish, you’ll give excellent quality sushi or sashimi-grade tuna a quick sear in peanut oil to release the nutty warmth of the sesame seeds.

Slow Cooker BBQ Baked Beans

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Just like a great dad, these baked beans are comforting and sweet. And this slow cooker recipe delivers an edge of smoky, tangy chipotle pepper flavor from the addition of bacon chipotle BBQ sauce in place of traditional tomato. And for the record, the beans you’ll find on store shelves aren’t even baked — they’re “steamed!” Abomination, we know.

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Theresa Gambacorta is a freelance food writer, a veteran of New York City restaurants, and cookbook co-author to chef Joey Campanaro's Big Love Cooking (Chronicle) and James Beard-nominated chef Nasim Alikhani's Sofreh: A Contemporary Approach to Classic Persian Cuisine (Knopf). She is currently working on a forthcoming vegan cookbook to be published by Simon Element.

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