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