Meals fit for a king. Man fare. Whatever you call it, there are meals that we often associate with the hearty, robust appetites of our male counterparts. Meat and taters. Gravy. Bacon… lots and lots of bacon. These are foods that almost scream, “MAN!” And, like all good stereotypes, there’s a reason we think of a happy, satisfied man when we hear those items mentioned: they make lots of men happy. Good to know.
But does it matter? Only if you’re married to one of those guys.
A meal fit for a king in your home needs to be a meal that pleases and satisfies the king of YOUR castle… no one else’s. If your husband loves a big, leafy salad, then that’s man fare in your home. If he prefers fish to steak, then that’s all that matters.
There a few things that pretty much guarantee a successful meal with my husband. Bacon, alfredo sauce, swiss cheese, or crab go a long way to making a meal a success around here. My ever-present desserts don’t hurt either.
Here are some meals that I know are definite wins with my man:
Pigs in Blankets (It doesn’t have to be fancy, friends!)
Scrambled Eggs with Bacon (Simple and comforting served alongside toast.)
Batter-Dipped Chicken Sandwiches (Popular with the whole family… I’ve had email after email thanking me for this recipe that “rivals Chick-Fil-A.”)
Seafood Crepes (This is the winner, it appears… my husband requested it for his birthday, Valentine’s Day, and now Father’s Day too.)
And, for after the main event…
Butterfinger Blondies (Peanut butter tops the list for dessert flavors in my man’s eyes.)
Small Pan, Big Taste Brownies (Rich, fudgy, sinful… these brownies are a great way to end a meal.)
For fun, I wanted to duplicate a favorite breakfast sandwich for him. I’m not sure if they even still make it, but Burger King had a sandwich on their dollar breakfast menu called the Hamlet. It involved: a bun, a slab of egg, some ham, a slice of cheese, and- here’s what made the whole thing in my opinion- honey butter. It became a tradition for us to zip through the drive thru after each of my OB appointments with Baby #3 and grab one of those suckers. I’ve made ham, egg, and cheese sandwiches at home for eons… I’d decided it was high time I replicated that honey butter, too.
An At-Home Hamlet
(for each sandwich, you will need)
1/4 ham steak (This is WAY heartier than the little deli thin slices you find on the original.)
1 slice cheese (I used Swiss, because that’s the fave around here, but feel free to customize that to suit your guy’s tastes.)
1/2 tablespoon honey butter (recipe follows)
bacon grease (or butter) for cooking
Melt butter or bacon grease over low-med heat. Meanwhile scramble egg in small bowl and warm or toast bun. Spread honey butter on top half. Lay slice of cheese on top half of warm bun. Cook egg, flipping once. Use spatula to “fold” egg to fit bun and layer on top of cheese. This will help melt the cheese and transform the honey butter to magic. In same pan in which you cooked the egg, heat the ham steak. Ham steaks are fully cooked already, so you’re really just warming it through and adding some lovely caramelization to the outside. Place ham on top of egg, then finish with lower bun half and flip the whole thing over.
Here’s what makes the whole thing so darn special:
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup honey
Add both ingredients to a mixing bowl and beat on medium speed until the mixture appears slightly fluffy and the honey is well-incorporated. Store on the counter if you’ll use it within a reasonable time frame or in the fridge for longer shelf-life. Honey doesn’t spoil and butter is a lot more stable than some people think, so don’t worry overly much about it!
What do you serve at your home that’s guaranteed to put a smile on your man’s face?
Don’t miss the great suggestions from my lovely and clever partners in this Honoring the Man They Call Daddy series: