The Most Wonderful Southern Dinner on a Thursday

Hey Y’all!

In the South, typically Sunday dinners are a time of  fellowship amongst  your closest family  and friends. It’s a time where you come together; eat delicious food, laugh, and prepare yourselves for the week that lies ahead.   The foods served at Sunday dinners tend to be a heavier then the meals served during the week. For example, during the week you may have spaghetti, pizza, or barbecue hot wings something quick and easy.

However, on Sunday you may want to eat a roast, ham, or macaroni cheese. These foods are perfect for Sunday dinners, because you’re inviting company over and you’ll need dishes that will stretch. I decided that I wanted a Sunday dinner meal on Thursday.

Being Southern sometimes you just have a craving for a nice roast with lots of delicious vegetables, collard greens, and yams during a regular weekday. So keep reading for this delicious recipe and the amazing finished product.

List of Ingredients

As always before I begin cooking I always have a list of ingredients.

Pot Roast Ingredients

-Chuck Roast

-Meat Tenderizer


-Collard Greens

-Smoked Neck Bones ( adds flavor to the collard greens)

-Carrots and White Potatoes ( my vegetables for the roast)

-Sweet Potatoes

What’s the Best cut of meat for a Pot Roast?

There are three excellent choices of meat for pot roast; chuck roast, shoulder steak, or a boneless chuck roast. You will never go wrong if you choose one of these cuts. Personally, I always chose a chuck roast because it’s usually a pretty tender cut of meat.

First, I washed and seasoned my meat with meat tenderizer and  lots of black pepper. Yes, I always wash my meat.

How to Prepare Pot Roast

Next, you will need to flour your chuck roast, then put it in  a pan.

Pan Seared Pot Roast Recipe

 I add a little oil to the pan, because I want to sear my roast, this step is important because if you plan to slow cook your roast. Searing your meat prevents it from  clumping up in a crock pot.

Pan Sear Pot Roast

Allow the roast to sear on both sides and around to lock in the juices. Once my meat is seared, I’ll use the excess drippings to make a homemade gravy.

How to make Homemade gravy from pan seared pot roast

Once I remove my roast from the pan,  I add in  about a tablespoon of cornstarch.  It takes about five minutes for the gravy to cook.

Preparing Pot Roast in the Crock Pot or Oven

Preparing Sunday Dinner in a crock potPreparing Sunday Dinner in a crockpot

Personally, I always prepare my roast in a crock pot or a slow cooker. However, it’s totally up to you, I just feel my meat is more tender when it cooks in a crock pot.

My roast will take about two and half to three hours to cook So I will  begin preparing  my potatoes and carrots.

Sunday Dinner Ideas: Pot Roast

As my roast, is  still cooking I added the homemade gravy that I made from my drippings. About thirty minutes before the roast is finished I added in my carrots and potatoes. Don’t forget to season to taste. I personally don’t like to use a lot of seasonings, because I want to taste the richness of the meat.

The Completed Pot Roast with Carrots and Potatoes

How to Prepare Collard Greens

I wanted something green, so I decided to make collard greens. I absolutely love collard greens they’re truly a southern staple and they go extremely  well with pot roast.

After I’ve washed and de-stemmed them, I put them in a bowl.

The proper Southern way to cut your collard greens, is to roll them tobacco style. Then, I proceed to cut them into thin strips, because it’s more aesthetically pleasing to the eye.

This is my cured smoked meat, that I am adding to my collards.  I added a little oil, and I seared it to add some crispness.

How to Cook Collard Greens

Then, add your collards to the cured meat. Add a cup of water, a pinch of salt, cover with lid, and allow to cook on medium heat to your desired tenderness.

How to Prepare Collard Greens for Sunday Dinner

You will cook your collard greens for about 45-50 minutes on medium heat.

How to Cook Collard Greens with Smoked Neck bones

Adding Candied Yams to Sunday Dinners

Sweet Potatoes are a great dish for Sunday dinner ideas

Since my roast and collard greens have turned out so wonderfully, I decided to  add  candied yams.  A candied yam is a sweet potato, in which you add sugar, cinnamon and butter. I think they’re a great addition to any dish, especially with a roast.  I used two nice sized sweet potatoes, to make my yams.

How to Prepare Candied Yams

After you’ve sliced you’re sweet potatoes, you will add water, butter, sugar, and cinnamon.  Allow your  potatoes  to cook until they are fork tender. Sweet Potatoes are great dish to serve for Sunday Dinners

The candied yams won’t take that long to cook it only takes about 20-30 minutes. 

The Most Wonderful Sunday Dinner Idea Sunday Dinner Ideas

Here is your delicious Sunday Dinner meal on a Thursday. Sometimes you really need a good hearty meal, especially when the weather starts getting cooler. Who wants to wait until Sunday to enjoy such a savory dish, feel free to prepare this dish any day of the week.

This meal is child and U.S. soldier approved.

 I hope that y’all enjoyed this post and have a wonderful day!

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Juliette and Jennifer
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