Sunday, February 13, 2011

Favorite Menu Ideas for Sunday Dinner

A collection of main dish favorites, sides and desserts for Sunday dinner from Deep South Dish.
Sunday dinners in the South are a big deal - or at least there was a time when they sure used to be. Dinner was on the table at a certain time, and everybody, without exception was expected to be there. It was a time when the good china, and the manners, came out. It was a time when the family all gathered together in one spot and shared a meal and conversation about their life, their week, their plans and their dreams.

Some of you call it Sunday supper, some dinner, but whichever you call it, it was considered the main meal of the day on Sunday, most often served earlier than the usual weeknight dinner, usually somewhere between 1 and 3 in the afternoon.

Even in the south though, I'm afraid that Sunday dinner has taken a back seat to the busyness of life, but I sure wish it would experience a revival. I think in this age of technology, we all need that time to unplug and reconnect as human beings with one another, and face to face... not on Facebook, or email, or through cell phone texting, but in real live conversation. My husband and I rarely go out to eat because I do cook so much at home, but I am stunned at all the people whose phones are right under their nose, so that they can read & respond to every text or Facebook post that comes up.
Make the Dinner Table a No Cell Phone Zone
They aren't really engaging in conversation with the rest of their party, including their children. What is that teaching their children? If you can't be away from technology long enough to sit down and enjoy the company and your meal, then, well, I'm thinking that you might just be addicted. Other than the work that I do for the site, I can ignore my phone & the computer completely with no problem. Maybe it's because I can remember the days when there was no such thing. Just sayin'...

So put all that technology away for an hour or so, strictly ban it from the table, and gather everybody together for Sunday dinner again. While the family may be resistant and even awkward at first, I think you'll be pleased with the results in the long run.

These are just a few of my favorite possibilities for Sunday Dinner Main Dishes, plus two of my favorite homemade rolls. Generally they are meals that take a little more time to put together, to cook, or maybe require an ingredient or two that keep them from being a regular on the weeknight dinner table.

Be sure to check back as I'll continually be adding to the list!

Sunday Dinner Menu Ideas


Oven Braised Chuck Roast with Potatoes and Carrots

Spaghetti Daube with Creole Gravy

Creole Pan Seared Meatloaf with Tomato Gravy

Liver and Onions

Mississippi Roast

Oven Braised Beef Brisket

Old Fashioned Pot Roast

Coca Cola Roast Beef

Oven Roasted Beef Rump Roast

Oven Braised Beef Eye of Round Roast

Cajun Smothered 7-Steak

Italian Pot Roast

Cajun Beef & Pork Boulettes with Brown Sauce

Grits and Grillades

Sunday Gravy - Homemade Fresh Tomato Spaghetti Meat Sauce
with Homemade Meatballs


Cajun Glazed Ham

Slow Cooker Pork Roast with Vegetables

Smothered Pork Roast with Rice

Slow Cooker Coca-Cola Pork Roast

Sage Pork Roast with Apple Pan Sauce

Roast Pork with Spicy Sweet Onion Sauce

Brown Sugar Glazed Coca Cola Ham


Shrimp Creole

Sriracha Spicy Baked Jumbo Shrimp

Eggplant Josephine

Fried Green Tomatoes with Shrimp and Tomato Basil Cream Sauce

Cajun Courtbouillon

Crab and Shrimp Gumbo

Shrimp Sauce Piquant

Seafood & Okra Gumbo with Shrimp, Crab & Oysters

Chicken, Andouille, and Oyster Filé Gumbo

Shrimp and Crab Stuffed Mirlitons

Chicken and Turkey

Garlic Roasted Chicken with Vegetables

Pot Roasted Chicken with Bacon, Onion and Potatoes

Baked Chicken with Creamy Almond Sauce

Southern Fried Chicken

Oven Roasted Hen or Turkey with Buttery Pan Sauce

Lemon Roasted Chicken

Chicken and Gravy

Braised Chicken Thighs with Onions and Mushrooms

Chicken and Drop Dumplings

Homemade Chicken Spaghetti

Roasted Stuffed Boneless Turkey Breast

Rotisserie Style Sticky Chicken

Oven Baked Cajun Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya

Slow Cooker

Italian Pot Roast

Coca Cola Roast Beef

Crockpot Chicken Sauce Piquant

Slow Cooker Pork Roast with Vegetables

Slow Cooker Coca-Cola Pork Roast

Crockpot Creole Chicken

More Slow Cooker Recipes

Sunday Casseroles

Southernized Baked Ziti

King Ranch Casserole

Baked Spaghetti

Southern Chicken and Cornbread Dressing

Chicken Broccoli and Rice Casserole

Enchilada Casserole


Green Tomato Casserole

Fresh Corn Casserole

Green Bean Bundles

Butter Steamed New Potatoes

Broiled Tomatoes

Layered Squash and Tomato Casserole

Baked Vidalia Onions

Asparagus Bundles

Fried Okra

Browned Butter Green Beans with Bacon and Pecan

Pea and Pimento Casserole

Scalloped Potatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes

Scalloped Cabbage Casserole

Potatoes au Gratin

Southern Fried Potatoes

Squash Casserole

Broccoli and Cheese Casserole

Ham and Potato au Gratin Casserole

Okra and Tomatoes


Old Fashioned Yeast Rolls

Old Fashioned Pan Rolls

Muffin Tin Spoon Rolls

Old Fashioned Pull Apart Rolls

Homemade French Pistolette Rolls


Southern Banana Pudding with Homemade Custard

Moon Pie Banana Pudding

German Chocolate Cake

Mama's Red Velvet Cake

Perfect Southern Pound Cake

Apple Dapple Cake with Maple Glaze

Southern Caramel Cake

Strawberry Cake with Coconut and Pecan

What's your favorite meal for Sunday Dinner?

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