Last weekend we were lucky enough to all take a trip home to Philadelphia (I will never refer to anywhere else but home in my heart)… but we wanted to make the trip super special for my step-dad, Al, who has done A LOT behind the scenes for our family over the past decade. With Father’s Day around the corner, and his master grilling-style, I opted for a great family meal as a way to spoil him- dessert and all! We headed into Connecticut and stopped at Price Chopper to do some shopping for our meal. Being that this summer is already shaping up to be far too hot, we pre-packed a cooler with ice packs ready to store whatever meat we chose, as well as any snacks! Thankfully, some of my ingredients slid safely into the backseat without the need for cooling… like the brownies I was planning on elevating to a delicious summer favorite- I even picked up an extra box of Betty Crocker mix because they were on sale! We hopped back in the car ready for our BBQ the following night!
We arrived at my parents’ after an insane 9 hour commute (!) and sat down to the dinner my mom and Al had been preparing- cake and all- and relaxed! I was thankful that we had so much ice to store our delicious, soon-to-be enjoyed, Certified Angus Beef steak while we were on the road! That bad boy went straight into the fridge for the following night!
When I woke up Saturday, I was excited to begin my day- we went across the street from my childhood home and played at the June Fete (Addie’s 3rd, my 29th and Dave’s FIRST!)… and when it was time to come home, I got to baking! With the help of my mom- I love sharing in kitchen fun with the family- we whipped out S’mores Brownies that are sure to be the biggest hit at your next gathering!
For dinner, we devoured 7 lobsters- a family tradition on June Fete Weekend… and then it was time for grilling! We paired our delicious Certified Angus Beef Steak with Central Market Classic- Neil’s Favorite Steak Sauce (I also got the marinade… it is mouth watering!), which gave our juicy steak a kick with savory flavors.
And, of course, we didn’t forget to submit a picture to the Price Chopper Great Grilling Giveaway (just share a picture of what’s on your grill with #PriceChopperBBQ)- for the chance to win some awesome prizes, including a $500 Lowe’s giftcard!!
And once we were filled to the gills, my brother ran inside and grabbed our dessert:
Yields: 9-12… depending on your generosity!
For best results, use an 8×8 nonstick square pan
For the crust you will need:
* 2c graham crackers broken into pieces
* 2T sugar
* 1/4t salt
* 6T melted butter
* 1 box Betty Crocker Brownie Mix (and necessary ingredients)
* 2 egg whites at room temp
* 1/2c sugar
* 1/4t cream of tartar
* 1/2t vanilla
Preheat your oven to 350°.
Pulse all of your crust ingredients in a food processor until they’re finely ground. Press your mixture, evenly, into the bottom of your pan and bake for 10 minutes.
Make your batter according to the package, and pour over baked crust. Bake for 36-39 minutes. When done, take out and let cool.
For the topping… whisk your egg whites, sugar, and cream of tartar in a double boiler over med-high heat until the temp reaches 160°. Quickly move your mixture to a mixer with the whisk attachment- starting at a low speed and moving to high, whisk until stiff peaks form (5-7 minutes). Then mix in vanilla.
Using a rubber spatula, spread your mix across your brownies!
We used a torch (I suggest a brulée torch, but we used one from the tool shed- just ask someone who knows how to use it!) to toast the top and give it a real s’mores look and flavor!
Cut your brownies with a sharp knife… and enjoy them with some milk!
When it comes to parents, we, as adult children, often want to give back to those who raised us to be the confident, well-adjusted adults that we are… but with kids of our own, it is hard to know what someone would want when they finally get you out of their home. For Dave and I, we hope that the gift of a good meal made my step-dad feel as special and loved as he is. Thanks to #CollectiveBias for giving me this opportunity to spoil such a wonderful man!
Did you do any special grilling for Father’s Day?