Sunday lunch provides an occasion to bring the family together and savor a delightful homemade meal. However given the multitude of choices it can be challenging to select timeless dishes that will satisfy everyones palate. This guide, for beginners presents eight tried and true Sunday lunch favorites that are guaranteed to delight the family. From roast chicken to lasagne, these recipes are simple to make but packed with flavor. Let’s dive in and start planning the ultimate family Sunday lunch!
Roast Chicken and Vegetable Lunch
A roast chicken dinner is a quintessential Sunday lunch. This method produces a juicy, flavorful chicken along with perfectly roasted vegetables like potatoes, carrots, and parsnips.
First, prepare your ingredients. Start by drying off a chicken and then massage the skin with oil, salt and pepper. Next peel and dice root vegetables such, as potatoes, carrots, parsnips and onions. Mix the veggies, with olive oil, salt and pepper.
Roast the Chicken and Vegetables
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Take the chicken. Put it in a pan then arrange the chopped vegetables around it. Cook in the oven for about 60 to 75 minutes until the chickens internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
Make Gravy from the Pan Drippings
Remove the chicken and vegetables from the oven. Move the chicken onto a cutting board to let it rest. Then put the roasting pan containing the vegetables and pan drippings, on the stove, over heat. Add some flour to the drippings and whisk continuously until it thickens into a gravy. Season with salt and pepper.
Carve and Serve
Carve the rested chicken and serve it alongside the roasted veggies and gravy. The crispy chicken skin, tender meat, flavorful gravy, and caramelized vegetables are sure to satisfy.
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Lasagna for Hearty Appetites Lunch
Lasagna is an Italian favorite that’s perfect for feeding a crowd. With layers of pasta, meat sauce, cheese, and tomatoes, it’s a hearty and comforting Sunday lunch.
Cook the Noodles
Start by boiling lasagna noodles according to the package instructions until they are al dente. Drain and set aside.
Make the Meat Sauce
Cook ground beef or meat alternative over medium heat. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, garlic, and Italian seasoning. Simmer until thickened.
Layer the Lasagna
Spread a bit of meat sauce in the bottom of a baking dish. Add a layer of noodles, more sauce, ricotta, mozzarella and Parmesan. Repeat the layers two or three more times.
Bake until Hot and Bubbling
Cover with foil and bake at 375°F for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake 15 more minutes until hot and bubbling.
Let it Rest before Serving
Allow the lasagna to rest 15 minutes before cutting into it for perfect slices. Serve it up for a mouthwatering Sunday lunch.
Sunday Roast with All the Fixings
For many families in the UK, a Sunday roast with all the classic fixings is a weekly tradition. The savory roasted meat, crispy potatoes, tender vegetables and rich gravy are irresistible.
Choose Your Meat
Select your favorite meat to roast like beef, pork, lamb, or chicken. Rub it with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Pork or beef ribs also make a stellar centerpiece.
Roast Your Meat
Place the meat in a roasting pan and cook it in the oven for 1-2 hours until it reaches the ideal internal temperature to be tender and juicy.
Make Your Sides
Peel and cut potatoes into chunks to make crispy roasted potatoes. Cook Brussels sprouts, green beans, or other veggies in boiling salted water.
Once the meat is rested, place the roasting pan on the stove over medium heat. Add broth and scrape up any browned bits. Whisk in flour to thicken into a gravy.
Carve and Serve
Carve up the rested meat and serve it with the vegetables, potatoes, Yorkshire puddings, and gravy for a hearty Sunday lunch.
Italian Meatball Subs for Sunday Funday
These saucy, cheese-filled Italian meatball subs are great for an easy Sunday lunch. They’re packed with flavor and sure to be a hit with kids and adults alike.
Shape the Meatballs
Mix together ground beef, breadcrumbs, egg, garlic, salt, pepper, parsley, and grated Parmesan. Form into balls and place on a baking sheet.
Broil the Meatballs
Broil the meatballs, flipping once, for 10-12 minutes until browned and cooked through.
Simmer in Tomato Sauce
In a skillet, heat tomato sauce. Add the cooked meatballs and simmer for 5-10 minutes to let them soak up the flavors.
Pile Onto Sub Rolls
Slice Italian sub rolls lengthwise without cutting all the way through. Spoon meatballs with sauce onto the bottom half. Add mozzarella cheese.
Melt the Cheese
Place the filled subs open-faced under the broiler for 1-2 minutes to melt the cheese. Close the subs and serve.
Sunday Chili for Spicing Up the Weekend
Warm up with a pot of hearty chili on a Sunday afternoon. Loaded with spice, beans, tomatoes, and ground beef, this chili is simple to make and perfect for family meals.
Brown the Ground Beef
Cook ground beef or turkey in a pot over medium heat until browned and crumbled. Drain excess fat.
Sauté the Aromatics
Add onions, bell pepper, garlic, chili powder, cumin, and oregano. Sauté until the veggies soften.
Simmer the Chili
Pour in tomatoes, beans, beef broth, and tomato paste. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
Adjust the Seasoning
Before serving, taste and season the chili with extra salt, pepper, spices, or hot sauce to your preferences.
Top it Off
Ladle the chili into bowls and top with shredded cheese, sour cream, chopped onions, and tortilla chips for the perfect Sunday meal.
Hearty Potato Soup for Chilly Sundays
When there’s a chill in the air, warm up with a soothing bowl of hearty potato soup. It’s easy to prepare and makes for a perfectly comforting Sunday lunch.
In a pot, melt butter over medium heat. Sauté onions, garlic, celery, salt and pepper for 5 minutes.
Add diced potatoes, chicken or veggie broth, milk, and thyme. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until potatoes soften.
Purée the Soup
Use an immersion blender to purée the soup until smooth and creamy. For a chunkier texture, mash half the potatoes.
Finish with Flavor
Stir in shredded cheddar cheese until melted. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Garnish bowls with bacon, scallions, and sour cream.
Bake Optional Croutons
For crunch, toss bread cubes with oil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Bake at 400°F until crispy and top each bowl of soup with croutons.
Sheet Pan Fajitas for Simple Sunday Dinners
These easy sheet pan fajitas make dinner stress-free. Simply toss together savory chicken or beef with peppers and onions and bake until sizzling.
Slice and Toss Vegetables
Slice bell peppers and onions. Toss with olive oil, cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper on a rimmed baking sheet.
Next add chicken breasts or flank steak strips to the veggies on the sheet. You can also use precooked protein like shrimp.
Bake until Tender
Bake at 425°F for 15-20 minutes until the vegetables soften and chicken or beef cooks through.
In the last few minutes of baking, warm corn or flour tortillas to serve.
Finish with Toppings
Serve the hot fajitas in the tortillas and add desired toppings like guacamole, salsa, cheese, lettuce, and sour cream.
Sunday Breakfast for Dinner
End the weekend on a delicious note with a breakfast for dinner spread on Sunday night. The sweet and savory combo is a weekend treat.
Make Fluffy Eggs
Whisk eggs with milk. Melt butter in a skillet and pour in the eggs. Cook over medium-low, stirring occasionally, until fluffy scrambled eggs form.
Crisp Up the Bacon
Lay bacon strips on a baking sheet and bake at 400°F for 15-20 minutes until crispy. Drain on paper towels.
Hash Browns and Toast
Bake frozen hash browns according to package instructions. Toast bread and set out jellies and jams.
Fruit and Juice
Slice fresh fruit like berries, bananas, and melon. Pour glasses of orange juice or milk.
Let everyone build their plates buffet-style with eggs, bacon, hash browns, toast, fruit, and juice for a cozy Sunday breakfast dinner.