31 Crowd-Pleasing Sunday Dinner Ideas

Serve these winning recipes on family weekends

Homemade Chicken and Biscuits

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The perfect Sunday begins with a long lazy morning and ends with the family sitting down together to dinner. We want you to enjoy your day, so here's a collection of Sunday dinner ideas and recipes that are easy to prepare—or can be made ahead—so you can treat your family to something special without spending your whole day in the kitchen.

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    Roast Pork With Crisp Crackling

    Roast Pork With Crisp Crackling

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    Succulent roast pork served with crackling makes a mouthwatering Sunday meal. Be sure to remove the pork loin from the fridge a few hours before cooking,to bring it to room temperature. Serve with applesauce and roasted root vegetables,

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    Instant Pot Whole Chicken

    Instant Pot Whole Chicken

    Diana Rattray

     

    Hold onto your hats, home chefs! If you've got an Instant Pot in your kitchen, you can cook a rotisserie-style whole chicken in just 30 minutes. The chicken is pressure cooked quickly inside the appliance, resulting in a super juicy and tender bird. Serve it with the included recipe for gravy, some boiled or mashed potatoes, and a side salad for a complete family meal.

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    Boneless Top Sirloin Roast With Mushrooms

    Boneless Top Sirloin Roast With Mushrooms

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    This roast beef recipe includes instructions on preparing a top sirloin roast for maximum flavor and juiciness. The meat is studded with garlic bits, then brushed with a simple marinade of olive oil and spices before going into the oven with mushrooms and onions. It's finished with a delicious red wine pan sauce.

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    Southern Fried Chicken With Cream Gravy

    Southern Fried Chicken With Cream Gravy

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    Your family will cheer for this classic Southern fried chicken. The creamy, buttery gravy included in the recipe is simple to make and super tasty when poured over a heaping pile of mashed potatoes.

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    Sunday Roast Chicken

    Sunday Roast Chicken

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    A coating of butter and sea salt create the perfect pairing of crispy skin and juicy meat in this whole roast chicken. Tips are included for a simple white wine sauce to serve on the side. Add some diced potatoes and carrots to the pan for the last half hour of cooking for a complete family meal.

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    Crockpot Spaghetti and Meatballs

    Crockpot Spaghetti and Meatballs

    Homemade meatballs and Italian-style tomato sauce are assembled in your crockpot, then left to cook all day, taking on incredible flavor. When it's dinner time, simply drop your favorite pasta into boiling water until al dente, and serve with the finished results from the slow cooker.

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    Cornbread Stuffed Pork Chops

    Cornbread Stuffed Pork Chops

    Diana Rattray

     

    Oven-baked pork chops and cornbread are a fantastic flavor combo and this recipe combines them into one dish. Seared, juicy chops are stuffed with a cornbread dressing that's loaded with nuts, dried fruits, and diced vegetables, and baked until browned and glistening.

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    Jambalaya

    Jambalaya

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    Treat your family to a bubbling pot of Louisiana-style jambalaya. There's so much to love about this flavorful tomato-based stew, with sausage, rice, and jumbo shrimp. Adjust the spice level to suit your preference and serve with cornbread or a sliced French baguette.

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    Baked Salmon Steaks With Sour Cream and Dill

    Baked Salmon Steaks With Sour Cream and Dill

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    Salmon is America's favorite fish, making it a great choice for Sunday dinner. This recipe calls for baking steaks or fillets in a sour cream and dill sauce accented by zesty lemon. Serve with oven-roasted potatoes and steamed green beans or broccoli.

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    Homemade Chicken and Biscuits

    Homemade Chicken and Biscuits

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    Home-style chicken and biscuits are like a big hug in a bowl. Juicy, poached breast meat nestles in a creamy sauce with green peas under a topping of big, fluffy parsley biscuits. Make it a day ahead or freeze up to one month.

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    Bangers and Mash With Onion Gravy

    Bangers and Mash With Onion Gravy

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    Bangers and mash is a popular dish in the United Kingdom that's also a budget-friendly family dinner. Cook up a batch of these hearty sausages (bangers) and easy, buttery mashed potatoes (mash), serving them with the included recipe for a mouth-watering onion gravy.

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    Baked Ziti With Beef and Sausage

    Baked Ziti With Beef and Sausage

    Diana Rattray

     

    Baked ziti with beef and sausage is a hearty one-dish meal that freezes well, so you can make it ahead or save leftovers for lunches. Cooked al dente pasta is mixed with homemade meat sauce and ricotta, then layered lasagna-style with more cheese and sauce.

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    Crock Pot Chicken Parmesan

    Crock Pot Chicken Parmesan

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    Chicken Parmesan is a popular Italian-American dinner casserole. This crockpot recipe requires a few steps to make, but is fairly simple to put together, and delivers a ton of cheesy, saucy flavor that's well worth the effort.

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    Shrimp and Linguine Bake With Mozzarella

    Shrimp and Linguine Bake with Mozzarella

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    Shrimp lovers will flip for this delicious dish of baked shellfish and vegetables with linguine. Use peeled and deveined raw shrimp to make preparation easier, and serve the finished dish with a green salad and garlic bread. Top with heaps of melted mozzarella cheese.

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    Easy Chicken Pot Pie Casserole

    Easy Chicken Pot Pie Casserole

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    Pot pie is comfort food at its best. Make this hearty one-dish casserole with tender chicken and vegetables in a creamy sauce. A puffy, biscuit-style crust is added on top for extra goodness.

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    Slow Cooker Home-Style Pot Roast With Vegetables and Gravy

    Slow Cooker Home-Style Pot Roast With Vegetables and Gravy

    Diana Rattray

     

    For a "set it and forget it" Sunday dinner, use a lean chuck or bottom round roast for this crockpot roast with vegetables that cooks all day while you do other things. The meat comes out absolutely packed with flavor, thanks to the low, slow cooking, and red wine in the sauce.

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    Roasted Sheet Pan Chicken, Sweet Potatoes, and Broccoli

    Roasted Sheet Pan Chicken, Sweet Potatoes and Broccoli

    Laurel Randolph

     

    Looking for a hearty Sunday dinner with minimal clean-up? Make a sheet-pan dinner! The chicken, sweet potatoes, and broccoli are coated in a tasty soy sauce, honey, and lemon marinade, followed by a quick trip through the oven. Add cayenne pepper for extra spice, if you like.

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    Macaroni and Cheese

    Family Favorite Macaroni and Cheese

    Diana Rattray

     

    Sometimes your family craves the classics for a weekend dinner. Give them what they want with this comforting macaroni and cheese casserole made with a homemade cheddar and American cheese sauce and a crunchy, buttery breadcrumb topping.

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    Baked Haddock With Parmesan, Herbs, and Cream

    Baked Haddock With Parmesan, Herbs, and Cream

    Diana Rattray

     

    Haddock is a firm, mild white fish that gets the royal treatment in this recipe. Fillets are topped with seasoned breadcrumbs, slathered in heavy cream, and baked in the oven until flaky and bubbly. Serve with boiled potatoes or hot cooked rice and your favorite green vegetable.

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    Slow Cooker Chicken Drumsticks Cacciatore

    Slow Cooker Chicken Drumsticks Cacciatore

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    Meaty chicken drumsticks in a rich, Italian-style cacciatore sauce with tomatoes, mushrooms, garlic, bell pepper, herbs, and spices cook right in your slow cooker for a popular family meal that practically makes itself. It tastes great ladled on hot cooked rice.

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    Crock Pot Country Beef Stew

    Crock Pot Country Beef Stew

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    For some families, nothing says Sunday dinner quite like a big pot of homemade beef stew. This version cooks in your crockpot with plenty of potatoes, carrots, onions, celery, and green peas, for a hearty one-dish meal that demands to be served with crusty bread for soaking up the sauce.

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    Slow Cooker Honey Mustard Pork Tenderloin

    Slow Cooker Honey Mustard Pork Tenderloin

    Diana Rattray

     

    Spend your Sunday doing something other than being stuck in the kitchen, when you make this tasty crockpot recipe for dinner. Seasoned pork tenderloin is smothered in homemade sweet and sour sauce, and cooked low and slow for tender, juicy results. Serve over hot buttered egg noodles or rice.

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    Classic Cabbage Rolls

    Classic Cabbage Rolls

    Diana Rattray

     

    Cabbage leaves are formed into cylinders, stuffed with rice and seasoned ground beef, and cooked in tangy tomato sauce, in this classic, home-style European recipe. Make it in the crockpot or on your stovetop with instructions for both methods listed in the recipe.

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    Perfect Spinach Lasagna

    Perfect Spinach Lasagna

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    Vegetarian families will enjoy this meat-free lasagna made with prepared marinara sauce, vitamin-rich spinach, mozzarella, and Parmesan and ricotta cheeses. Pro tip: Instead of pre-boiling the pasta noodles, you can simply soak them for 30 minutes in a large, shallow baking dish filled with boiling water.

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    Corned Beef and Cabbage Meal

    Corned Beef and Cabbage Meal

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    This classic St. Patrick's Day feast makes a great Sunday dinner any time of year. Corned beef is cooked with peppercorns, allspice berries, and thyme, infusing it with traditional flavoring. Cabbage, carrots, and potatoes are added near the end of cooking, for a complete family dinner.

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    Baked Pineapple Chicken Breasts

    Baked Pineapple Chicken Breasts

    Diana Rattray

     

    Moist, succulent chicken breasts are coated in seasoned flour and lightly pan-fried, then baked in a sweet and savory sauce made with pineapple juice, soy sauce, herbs, and spices. It's an Asian-inspired dinner recipe with unusual tropical flavors, for weekends when you're craving something different.

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    Vegetarian Meatloaf

    Vegetarian Meatloaf

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    This meatloaf uses a vegetarian ground beef substitute, giving it a substantial texture that makes it easy to eat meat-free. Sneaky oatmeal and breadcrumbs in the mix add extra heft, while red bell pepper and garlic bring crunch and flavor. Freeze leftovers for weekday sandwiches.

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    Savory Chicken and Sausage Stew

    Savory Chicken and Sausage Stew

    Diana Rattray

     

    Cajun-flavored chicken stew with chunks of meaty sausage, tender potatoes, crunchy carrots, and sweet pearl onions makes a satisfying meal on colder days. Serve it with dinner rolls or sliced French bread, for sopping up every last drop from bowls.

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    Crock Pot BBQ Beef Brisket

    Crock Pot BBQ Beef Brisket

    Diana Rattray

     

    Barbecue beef brisket is a holiday dinner favorite that makes a special treat for your family weekend meal. It's made easily in your crockpot with just a handful of ingredients. Be sure to marinate the meat overnight, as directed, for best results.

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    Stuffed Shells With Garlic Bread

    Stuffed Shells With Garlic Bread

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    Large pasta shells are stuffed with sweet ricotta cheese, salty Parmesan, and breadcrumbs, and baked in a rich-tasting tomato sauce that's sprinkled with even more cheese. Include garlic bread for serving on the side.

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    Hearty Crockpot Fish Stew

    Hearty Crockpot Fish Stew

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    Seafood-loving families will want to add this aromatic fish stew to their rotation. Fillets are cut into bite-sized chunks and added to the crockpot with tomatoes, squash, onion, garlic, a little white wine, and seasonings, to cook all afternoon. Serve with crusty bread.