All year long, Sunday suppers are welcome, a respite from the craziness, and a civilized launchpad to the coming week. But to me, Sunday dinners are the most welcome in the winter post-holiday months, when darkness falls early, the festivities are well over, and a communal dinner feels like a little oasis in the cold.
And while the healthy eating resolutions may still be in full force … or dwindling, but hanging on by a thread … or abandoned in a bowl of caramel corn, Sunday Suppers just have to be about comfort in our house. Monday is a great day to hit the arugula salad again.
This is one of the most popular recipes on my website, and it’s also a recipe I turn to over and over again when I want something that delivers great flavor, that takes almost no hands-on time whatsoever, that can sit happily in the oven for an extra half an hour or more if things get behind schedule (ahem, it’s been known to happen). It serves a big group, or if not yields such unimaginably great leftovers, perfect for quesadillas or enchiladas.
This is an uber simple green bean side, but if you have a few extra minutes you can kick it up a notch with an easy dressing and a sprinkle of feta or goat cheese or ricotta salata for a very memorable vegetable dish.
A platter of these will disappear as fast as you might imagine. You’ll probably want to put these on the table last, when you are ready to sit down, or you might miss them.
I know to some it might be sacrilegious to suggest that a non-chocolate brownie could be as wonderful as a chocolate version, but I think these might pose a decent argument. These bar cookies have the satisfying texture and heft of a brownie, but a wonderful butterscotch flavor.
Five more Sunday Suppers
- Garlicky roast chicken with shallots and potatoes
- Roast beef with crispy parmesan potatoes
- A Dijon and honey pork tenderloin is the star of this Sunday menu
- A one-skillet Sunday dinner your whole family will love
- A slow cooker supper for busy Sundays