My favorite Sunday Dinner Sides

My favorite Sunday  Dinner Sides

Hey y’all hey!  So it’s Saturday night and I’m thinking about Sunday dinner tomorrow.  Now while I’m not sure this will actually get cooked I’m seriously laying in bed thinking about Sunday dinner.  Understanding that in the African American community Sunday dinners were and still are a tradition in a lot of families.  It’s a time for families to come together and share stories over food.  GOOD food at that.

 

Do y’all remember the movie Soul Food from the 90s?  I LOVED that movie.  Big Mama and her daughters threw down in the kitchen.  Whenever I think about a traditional Sunday dinner with greens, mac and cheese, cornbread and some good ole southern buttermilk fried chicken (with a dash of hot sauce) my mouth starts watering.  I figured I’d help some folks out and give you my two all-time favorite Sunday Dinner Sides!

First up is a cabbage.  A few years ago I came across this recipe online from Divas Can Cook which creates a phenomenal base for cooking cabbage.  I loved this style simply because you don’t boil the cabbage in water.  This for me was a game-changer.  I’d never heard of cabbage being sauteed.  Check it out below.

 

Southern Style Cabbage

Southern Style Cabbage

This recipe is my version of the Divas Can Cook Southern Fried Cabbage recipe

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 head of cabbage
  • 1/4-1/2 red onion (sliced)
  • a mix of red, yellow and orange peppers (sliced)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp seasoning salt (or season to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups chicken broth

Instructions

  1. Cut cabbage into quarters, removing the hard stem.
  2. Slice the quarters into 1-inch wide strips.
  3. Slice medley of peppers and red onion.
  4. In a large pot, add butter, EVOO, salt, pepper, a dash of season salt, onion and peppers.
  5. Sautee the onions and peppers about 3-5 mins before adding the cabbage.
  6. Add in chicken broth and toss.
  7. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cover and reduce heat to medium-low.
  8. Simmer for 15-20 minutes stirring occasionally until cabbage is tender. Be careful not to overcook.
Now my second favorite side is of course macaroni and cheese!  So my girl Mommy Week has a delicious Soul Food Sunday: Mac N Cheese Recipe that I first cooked at my daughter’s 8th birthday party.  My kids love cheese, im not a huge cheese fan so we had to develop a compromise on making a mac n cheese that’s rich and hearty but not overly cheesy.  With that being said, if you want a super cheesy recipe pop over to MommyWeek and give her exact recipe a try.  See below for my adjusted version!

 

Mac N Cheese

Mac N Cheese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb of elbow macaroni
  • 1 quart of half & half
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups shredded mild cheddar cheese
  • 2 cup Italian cheese blend
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • pinch of season salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F
  2. Boil Macaroni noodle in about 8 cups of water until Al Dente (be sure not to overcook)
  3. Strain Macaroni and Set to the Side.
  4. Warm quart of half and half on low heat ensuring it does not boil.
  5. In a separate pot melt the stick of butter.
  6. Pour flour slowly into melted butter whisking constantly (we're making a Roux here people).
  7. Once the butter and flour are smooth, add the warm half and half
  8. Continue whisking until thick
  9. Remove from heat and salt, pepper and black pepper.
  10. Stir in 3/4 of the cheeses
  11. Combine macaroni to the roux.
  12. Butter the baking dish or spray with a butter-flavored non stick spray
  13. Pour the noodle/cheese roux into the baking dish..
  14. Sprinkle reserved cheese on top
  15. Bake for 20-25 mins until bubbly and the top is golden brown.
  16. Serve hot and enjoy


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