East Texas Kitchen LIVE on ETN: Father’s Day Recipes

East Texas Kitchen LIVE on ETN: Father's Day Recipes

TYLER, Texas (KLTV) – Dads are often pictured grilling on Father’s Day, but since it’s incredibly hot right now, why don’t we give them a break and cook indoors while they relax? Here are some recipes that have been tried and true with the men in our families.

Mama Steph’s Mennonite Barbecued Meatballs

These meatballs are a family favorite. We have many Mennonite friends in Florida, and this is one of the recipes they shared with me that I’ve been making for decades.


1 pound ground beef

1/2 cup white breadcrumbs

1 small onion, chopped

1 teaspoon salt and pepper

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

For the sauce:

1 cup barbecue sauce

1 teaspoon vinegar

1/4 cup brown sugar

2 tablespoons yellow mustard


Place the beef in a large mixing bowl so you have room to mix ingredients well. Add the eggs, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper, 2 tablespoons BBQ sauce, and Worcestershire sauce. Mix well with your hands to really incorporate the breadcrumbs into the meat.

Form the meat mixture into golf ball-sized meatballs and place in a greased baking dish.

Mix sauce ingredients: 1 cup barbecue sauce, the brown sugar, vinegar, and mustard. Whisk to incorporate the sugar into the sauce. Then pour evenly over the meatballs.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes. Drain any fat that has boiled off during cooking. Serve with potatoes and vegetables of your choice. Enjoying!

Esther’s Beans by Jennifer Kielman

Jennifer shares her take on Esther Ludwig’s beans, found in an old church cookbook. She says this is a favorite family recipe for any gathering.

1 pound ground beef

1 pack of bacon

1/2 cup chopped onion

1 cup ketchup

1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon yellow mustard

2 teaspoons white vinegar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 can of kidney beans

1 can of butter beans

1 can of pork and beans


Brown the minced meat, bacon and onion. Add the ketchup, salt, mustard, vinegar and brown sugar. Then add all the beans. Stir through. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes, or simmer on a stovetop until thickened to your liking.

Death by chocolate trifle by Mama Steph

I’ve shared this one before, but it’s my husband’s favorite and I make it every Father’s Day.

2 recipes of your favorite brownies, homemade or box mix (both work equally well here), baked and cooled

1/4 cup brewed coffee (optional)

2 boxes of chocolate pudding, prepared according to package directions

whipped cream (either a large Cool Whip, or two cans of Reddi Whip…or homemade!)

1 bag of Heath Bits o’ Brickle baking bits (in the baking pad with chocolate chips)


Cut the brownies into small squares. If using the coffee, sprinkle it evenly over the sliced ​​brownies and let it soak in.

Then line a trifle bowl or other clear bowl with a layer of brownie over the bottom.

Top with a layer of pudding.

Sprinkle with some candies.

Add a layer of whipped cream and repeat the layers of brownies, pudding, candy and whipped cream until you run out of brownies and pudding.

Top with a final layer of whipped cream and candies. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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