There is nothing better than gathering the family around the table for a delicious, traditional Sunday dinner. These Sunday dinner ideas are perfect for warming hearts and filling hungry tummies.
Traditional Sunday Dinner Ideas
Sunday dinner just may be my very favorite meal of the week. We usually set the dinner table a little nicer than we do the rest of the week and it just puts everyone in a better mood. We love making slow cooker Sunday dinners because we can walk in from our church meetings and smell the delicious aromas throughout the house. There is just something about Sunday dinner that sets a positive tone for the upcoming week. It’s all about family, togetherness, and straight-up comfort food.
In my opinion, nothing quite says “Sunday dinner” quite like a traditional pot roast. There are so many different ways to cook a Sunday pot roast and you can’t go wrong with any of them. Crock Pot Roast is a favorite of many because you can throw it all in the Crockpot and let is slow cook all day. If you are in more of a hurry, you can make an Instant Pot Pot Roast in a fraction of the time and get the same tender, juicy results. If you are more of a traditionalist, you can always make a Pot Roast in the oven. This is the way our mom would always make it before slow cookers and Instant Pots were a thing.
Much like pot roast, pork chops can be made several different ways. Our favorite way to make pork chops for Sunday dinner is in the Crock Pot. Crock Pot pork chops have been a family favorite of ours for years and it only takes 4 easy ingredients to make them! One again, if you find yourself in a hurry (or you forgot to put the pork chops in the Crock Pot on time) you can make these Instant Pot Pork Chops. Same flavor and fall-apart goodness in far less time!
Turkey Breast with Turkey Gravy
Cooking a full turkey for Sunday dinner might be a little much. Unless it is Thanksgiving, we will typically just roast a turkey breast and serve it along with mashed potatoes and our famous turkey gravy. We prepare the turkey breast like we would a full turkey. Then, we roast it in a heavy roasting pan (see recipe below for specific instructions on how to cook a turkey breast).
This Crock Pot Pork Roast and Vegetables is a fix it and forget it Sunday dinner idea that always turns out great. You can rely on tender, juicy pork roast, and the vegetables are cooked to perfection. It is so handy on those busy Sundays. You can relax the rest of the day because dinner is done. What a great feeling! Plus, there is nothing quite as comforting as your family walking into a home filled with the aroma of a home-cooked meal.
The nice thing about having ham for Sunday dinner is that you really only just have to reheat it. It is already precooked and ready to go! We love our Crock Pot Ham with Maple and Brown Sugar recipe because you can warm it and forget about it. If you want to bake your ham in the oven, try our Copycat Honey Baked Ham recipe. Both are so flavorful, tender, and delicious! You can’t go wrong with either one!
Chicken Fried Chicken
Chicken Fried Chicken with Homemade Country Gravy is always a hit for Sunday dinner. It is perfectly crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. We always serve with mashed potatoes (can’t let that gravy go to waste) and usually some kind of vegetable side (see ideas below). Trust me, your family is going to love this one!
Crock Pot Steak and Gravy
Crock Pot Steak and Gravy is perfect Sunday dinner for those crazy days when you just need to be able to fix it early on and forget it. I have made it countless times over the years and it always turns out rich, tender and absolutely delicious. My family gobbles it up; it just may be their most requested Sunday dinner!
Baked Cod in Cream Sauce
Ok, Baked Cod in Cream Sauce may be slightly non-traditional but it makes for such a great Sunday dinner when you are wanting to have fish on the menu. Roast, pork, and turkey are all great Sunday dinners but sometimes it is nice to switch it up just a little. This baked cod is one of the easiest fish dishes you can make, and easily one of the most delicious! You get perfect, flaky cod every time and the cream sauce kicks it up to the next level. Even your pickiest eaters will love this dish! Cod is such a mild fish anyway but when it is baked in this cream sauce, any trace of fishiness disappears. You are going to love it!
Sunday Dinner Side Dish Ideas
We have given you some great ideas for your next Sunday dinner, but what about the side dishes? We’ve got you. Here are some of our favorite sides to serve with ANY of these Sunday dinner ideas:
You can’t go wrong with mashed potatoes for any of these recipes. My kids will eat mashed potatoes literally with any meal. Another favorite for Sunday dinner is our Parmesan Baked Potato Halves. These are so easy to whip up and pair well with any of the above suggestions. Roasted Potatoes or creamy potatoes with peas are also big hits with any of these dinner ideas.
Roasted vegetables, peas, corn, green beans, asparagus, or any kind of green salad would go well with any these Sunday dinner ideas. You can mix and match any of these ideas each week to keep things exciting for your Sunday dinner rotations.
What is a traditional Sunday dinner without hot, buttery, homemade rolls? We love these homemade dinner rolls made from scratch. They have been a favorite in our family for generations! We also love these Homemade Crescent rolls that are sure to impress any Sunday dinner guest.
Easy Turkey Breast Recipe
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Remove turkey breast from packaging. Remove any gravy packets included with the turkey. Keep the gravy packet in the refrigerator until you make the gravy (see link for turkey gravy recipe in recipe notes).
- Rinse turkey breast, inside and out, and pat dry (this is important so the butter will adhere to the turkey).
- Spray a heavy roasting pan with cooking spray. Add chicken broth to the bottom of the pan then place the turkey on a wire rack inside the pan.
- Melt butter and brush evenly over the turkey. Gently lift the skin and rub some of the butter under the skin layer.
- Combine the herbs and rub them evenly over the buttered turkey.
- Place lid on the roasting pan and place in oven. Roast at 325-degrees for 20-22 minutes per pound.
- Once the turkey reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees, remove it from the oven and allow it to rest for at least 10 minutes, and up to 30 minutes before carving. This allows the juices to redistribute through the meat.
- Slice and serve with turkey gravy (see link below)