What to make on a sunday for family

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  1. ashwen

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    Hi im Ashwen i am new i have just joined so what i would like to learn what is the best meal you can make on a sunday knowing that you will be having friends and family over for the day.
     
  2. teamfat

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    That's a pretty broad question, many possibilities.  A nicely roasted beef loin or rib roast, yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes, lots of gravy.  Or maybe a pork loin roast with a ginger snap sauce.  Perhaps a slab of poached salmon with a spinach and couscous mix on the side.  A chicken loosely stuffed with garlic cloves, lemon and rosemary, roasted, with a mushroom risotto.  Baked ham with sweet potato mash.  Consider a spicy Ethiopian doro wat.

    What sort of experience do you have, what are some of your favorite dishes, how many people, what can you get at the market - many variables.

    mjb.
     
  3. ashwen

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    Well firstly id like to say i dont really have much of experence in cooking but i can be able to start knowing how to make unbelieveble dishes so i am here to got more infomation on how to make the best dish.
     
  4. goldilocks

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    While all the recommendations in the thread sound tasty, IMO the easiest dish you can make for a family dinner is some form of braise. A one dish pot, so you don't have to handle multiple pans on the stove. You can cook a braise in the stove, or on the stovetop, both work quite well. 

    For example consider doing a braise of short ribs, serve over boiled potatoes finished in the oven. Or a chuck roast. Here's a recipe http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/anne-burrell/braised-short-ribs-recipe/index.html - here's another: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/braised-chuck-roast-recipe/index.html

    If you look at a few recipes you'll quickly realize that you don't really need a recipe: the idea is: 

    1) Brown the meat in oil. 

    The meat could be one big roast, or several smaller chunks. 

    2) If you like a thicker sauce, add a TB or two of flour to the meat once it's browned, and continue cooking a few mn to toast the flour.

    3) Remove the meat, add the diced veggies and sweat (could be carrots, celery, onions, shallots, garlic).

    4) Add meat back, pour liquid (could be red wine, stock, water, beer...). Don't completely cover the meat, a little less liquid than that, to come to about 2/3 of the height of the meat. You can add herbs such as thyme, rosemary, bay leaves etc.

    5) SLOWLY cook (one or two bubbles top, not a rolling boil) for 2 or 3 hours until it's fork tender. 

    6) Serve on top of fresh pasta or boiled potatoes that were oiled and colored in a hot oven, or on the stovetop in butter. You can add fresh parsley.

    Also the big advantage of braises is that once it's cooked, you can leave it on the stovetop for an hour or two while you enjoy your company, and just reheat slowly before eating. Or you could even prepare it the day before and let it sit overnight in the fridge.
     
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    Damn, now I want to make braised short ribs!
     
  7. dave kinogie

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    How about a big pot of gravy and some homemade raviolis with sausage and meatballs? Serve a big caesar salad to start and maybe a Caprese salad as well.

    Make sure to have lots of crusty bread and butter on hand.

    I know it's not very creative and what not, but if you buy great fresh ingredients and make it right, it's a big time crowd pleaser.
     
  8. fryinbryan

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    The braised chuck looks delicious.
     
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    I fixed the link in my post.
     
  10. cerise

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    Welcome, Ashwen.

    I cook with whatever ingredients are in Season, and build the Menu around that.

    Make sure your guests don't have any allergies when preparing your meal.

    I experiment with new dishes on myself, first, before cooking for others.

    I'm partial to Jacque's spatchcocked chicken:

    http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/...ques-pepins-quick-roasted-chicken-recipe.html

    Or tri-tip on the grill.

    It's hard to make recommendations without knowing what you or your guests like.
     
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