Celebrity Chef Grilling Recipes For Father’s Day

From Mario Batali, Emeril Lagasse & Wolfgang Puck Restaurants

Posted by Sharon on Jun 19

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Need some grilling advice or last-minute ideas from the pros? Below, five celebrity chefs offer some flavorful recipes that they use both at home and in their own restaurants.

Mario Batali recommends his Pizza Margherita recipe, shown on Good Morning America, from the Mario Batali Italian Grill. The pizza dough is first fired over the hottest part of the grill to form a hard crust. Toppings of tomato sauce, fresh basil, and mozzarella cheese are added -- making it the "quintessential pizza, named for Italy’s Queen Margherita and sporting the colors of the Italian flag," says Batali.

Emeril Lagasse serves up some big, mouth-watering cheeseburgers that will work well for later in the day due to the chilling time needed beforehand. They're made with fresh ground beef chuck and bacon, which are seasoned and marinated for an hour. Once marinated, the mixture (which includes Worcestershire sauce, chopped onion, garlic, and thyme) goes through a home meat grinder. When patties are formed and then chilled for another hour, they are grilled for 7-8 minutes and topped with cheddar cheese and other condiments. "How can you go wrong with bacon and cheese?" Lagasse says of these burgers, "Ahhhh man, are these terrific!"

Wolfgang Puck takes his burger recipe up a notch, making them smaller and topped with a homemade remoulade sauce. These mini cheeseburgers are served on toasted brioche and covered in aged cheddar cheese. The homemade remoulade consists of red onion and bell pepper brunoise, heavy cream, peanut oil, and fresh herbs and spices. Puck suggests pairing these burgers with "at least one good bottle of wine like a Cabernet or Syrah. You have to find out what your dad likes."

Luciano Pellegrini of Valentino offers his restaurant recipe for Alaskan spotted prawns served over a spicy peach salad. It's a very quick recipe for the grill since the prawns only need about 4 minutes over the heat. Pellegrini favors the seasonal freshness of the peaches, and says both he and his family "love to celebrate special occasions by grilling at our home in Las Vegas, and this is a perfect recipe for Father’s Day."

Joachim Splichal chooses his Barbecue Chicken with Spicy Marinade from his restaurant, Pinot Brasserie. The marinade involves orange juice mixed with fresh cilantro, chili peppers, roasted garlic, olive oil, and turmeric. This recipe also requires some marinating time earlier in the day, but it's fairly quick to cook on the grill. He recommends it for families with children, but if they are not accustomed to the heat and flavors of hot chili peppers, those can be omitted. "Holiday meals are the events that punctuate the year and remind us what life should be about," reminisces Splichal . "Kids are a vital part of the holiday; they put us on our best behavior and reconnect us to our youth."

View the recipe ingredients, instructions, and additional chef tips at Las Vegas Weekly.

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