Sunday, February 3, 2008

Traditional Sunday Dinner

For the past ten years, we have had the same Sunday dinner almost every week. It is easy, really good, and company worthy. Here is what it consists of:

Pork Roast
Mashed potatoes & gravy
Vegetable (typically corn, since that is what the girls will eat)
Jell-O with fruit (a tribute to our Mormon upbringing)
Rolls (optional, but if we do have them, they are Rhodes)

A note on the roasts: I buy the individual roasts that are vacuum sealed and then sold in 3's--from Costco. They are the perfect size for about 4-6 people. They are boneless, skinless and pretty much fatless--all MUSTS for me. When I get home from Costco, I just throw them in the freezer--easy. Saturday night, I take one out to thaw and then Sunday morning prep takes all of about 3 minutes. I generously salt & pepper the roast, place it on a large piece of foil and make a loose envelope around the roast. Set the foil packet in a baking dish and when I walk out the door to church, I put the roast in the oven at 300 degrees. Once we get home from church, I do all of the other prep work, then take the roast out right before eating. So the roast probably cooks for 4-4 1/2 hours. It just literally pulls apart with forks, is super tender and moist. My whole family loves it!
Rolls: if we are having rolls, I also just get them out of the freezer before church and when we get home, they are ready to bake. Easy.

This is a meal that looks and tastes like it takes a long time to make, but it is probably the simplest meal of the week!


Bates Family said...

I still make that meal!!! I love it and it is super easy. Thanks for having us over for dinner a long time ago and sharing your Traditional Sunday Dinner with us. It has now become one of our favorites!!!

ellen said...

I'm going to try it and will invite some friends over.

suzie romans said...

Rachel..I love your cooking blog....chelsea sent to me. I make pork roast too. You don't have to put any water in it? Just wrap in foil loosely and bake?
I was so sad Chelsa had to miss the broke my heart. We were flying to Arizona that weekend so weren't much help. I saw cute pictures
on Courtney's blog. Good luck with the new fun you are having a boy. Love, Suz

Lonni said...

I use those same Costco roasts... and have two other options for you: First, I stick one in my crockpot (frozen) and let it cook all day with just a little bit of water. At dinnertime, I tear it apart with a fork, add a bunch of BBQ sauce (we like Sweet Baby Ray's from Costco) and then place the meat on good, hard, crusty rolls-- for pulled pork sandwiches. It's way easy.
Second, I place a pork roast in a cooking bag. Then mix a can of cranberry sauce with a package of Lipton Onion Soup Mix and pour it over the roast. I'll often add peeled potatoes and carrots right in the bag-- let it cook for a few hours and it has this incredibly yummy taste.