Grandpa's Favorite Sunday Supper Recipes

Oven-Baked Baby Back Ribs
Photo: Photographer: Jen Causey, Prop Stylist: Claire Spollen, Food Stylist: Margret Monroe Dickey

Gathering the family around the table for Sunday supper is often a weekly tradition for families in the South. When Grandpa was in charge of Sunday supper, he probably had a few recipes he was known for and had perfected. Although he was probably always sneaking in a secret ingredient or two, these recipes will help you recreate Grandpa's best Sunday supper recipes in your own kitchen.

These are the recipes that most likely made an appearance on the menu when Grandpa spent time in the kitchen cooking up a delicious meal for the whole family to enjoy.

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Beef Stew

Beef Stew

Greg DuPree; Prop Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Serving up a comforting pot of homemade beef stew is an easy way to gather every member of the family around the table for Sunday supper.

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Our Best Lasagna

Victor Protasio; Food Stylist: Karen Rankin; Prop Stylist: Julia Bayless

When making the best lasagna (not necessarily the fastest), we think making a homemade bolognese sauce is key just like Grandpa always did.

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Crab-and-Corn Chowder
Will Dickey; Prop Styling: Christina Daley; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners

Whether served as a starter or the main dish, chowder makes the most of fresh seafood any time of the year. And of course we made sure to add plenty of Old Bay seasoning.

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Skillet Cornbread

Southern Skillet Cornbread

Southern Living

No matter what the main dish was, we know Grandpa always made sure there was a skillet of cornbread on the dinner table.

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Pan-Seared Flank Steak

Pan-Seared Flank Steak with Herb Sauce
Greg DuPree; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Christina Daley

This steak dinner is cooked up in a cast-iron skillet and is sure to make Sunday supper feel like a special occasion without too much extra effort. Serve with the Zesty Herb Sauce for a restaurant-quality finish.

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Baby Back Ribs

Oven-Baked Baby Back Ribs
Photographer: Jen Causey, Prop Stylist: Claire Spollen, Food Stylist: Margret Monroe Dickey

While Grandpa may have turned to the grill when cooking baby back ribs, this recipe allows them to be cooked in the oven.

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Fried Pork Chops

Fried Pork Chops with Peas and Potatoes
Greg DuPree

This classic Southern dinner comes together surprisingly quick in just 30 minutes.

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Quick-Pickle Cucumbers and Onions

Quick-Pickled Cucumbers and Onions
Sheri Castle

Grandpa probably always served a bowlful of pickled veggies with supper. While this quick pickle recipe features cucumbers and onions, it can be used for a variety of other vegetables as well.

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Cast-Iron Skillet Burgers
photographer: Jennifer Causey; Food Stylist: Chelsea Zimmer

Whether cooked up on the grill or in a cast-iron skillet, burgers with all the fixins is the ideal summertime supper.

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Easy Chili

Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Torie Cox

This basic chili recipe is sure to take you back to Grandpa's supper table in just one bite. We allow it to cook low and slow for a few hours to ensure maximum flavor.

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Peanut Butter Cookies

Easiest Peanut Butter Cookies

Hannah Zimmerman / Southern Living

In Grandpa's opinion, no Sunday supper was complete without a bite of something sweet at the end and these peanut butter cookies come together in minutes.

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Sausage Gravy and Biscuits

Sausage Gravy and Biscuits
Southern Living

Serving breakfast for supper is always a good idea, especially when homemade biscuits and gravy are on the menu.

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Beer Can Chicken

Beer Can Chicken
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Grandpa knew the secret to moist chicken on the grill was to cook it on a beer can. This recipe calls for two whole chickens, so there will be plenty for the whole family.

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Pulled Pork

5-Ingredient Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork
Iain Bagwell; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

Pulled pork can be served is many ways, including on a potato, on a salad, or by itself with homemade veggies on the side.

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All-In-One Spaghetti
William Dickey

Cooking up a big batch of spaghetti in one pot allows the flavors to meld together. Plus, when it comes together in one pot there's fewer dishes to clean up once supper is over.

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