Sunday Dinner

Sunday dinner is a long-standing tradition in my family that has, unfortunately, become a rare event instead of a weekly tradition. When my mom was little, they had Sunday dinner at Mamaw Hall’s house after church every Sunday. Mamaw would cook fried chicken or steak and gravy or ham (or all three, depending on what was requested and who was coming over) and tons of vegetables and biscuits or rolls or cornbread and they would gather in her little house and share lunch each week. When my mom and dad got married, they went over to my grandmother’s house for lunch a lot after church, and we continued the tradition when I was little. After we moved when I was in 4th grade, Sunday dinners became a special treat. Now that I’m grown up with a family of my own (and living an hour away from my parents and grandparents), Sunday dinners with the whole family are extremely rare. It’s a really special event when we are all in the same zip code and have a chance to share a meal.

We went to visit my parents last Sunday and had Sunday dinner at their house. My mom cooked Mamaw Hall’s famous steak and gravy, which is my favorite (and Jeff’s, and my brother’s). It was nice to spend time at home and share a really good meal.

Check out the recipe for Mamaw Hall’s Steak and Gravy below!

Mamaw Hall’s Steak and Gravy

Ingredients:

  • Cubed steak
  • Flour
  • Oil
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)

Instructions:

  • season each piece of cubed steak with salt and pepper
  • Dredge in flour
  • Pan fry in vegetable oil heated over medium-high heat until browned.
  • Transfer browned steak into a 9×13 baking dish
  • After all pieces of steak have been browned, make gravy using the leftover oil. Lower heat to medium.
  • Add flour to the oil and stir. Add water a little at a time until gravy is the right consistency. Stir constantly.
  • Pour gravy over the steak pieces, cover with foil, and bake at 350 degrees for at least 1 hour. The longer you cook it, the more tender it will be.
  • If you are gravy challenged (like I can be – sometimes it turns out perfect and sometimes it seizes up and turns into a mess) you can cover the browned steak with cream of mushroom soup before baking.

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