12+ Southern meals that are too perfect for Sunday family dinner

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Sunday family dinner is a special occasion everywhere. With such a rich culinary heritage, there's no denying that they do it particularly well in the South.
There's almost nothing more heartwarming than gathering around the table with people who are important to you and sharing lovingly prepared food. And when the food tastes this good, even better.
Roasted chicken wings with gravy
I love the way that this savory gravy coats the spiced chicken wings, clinging to the surface and delivering the perfect amount with every bite. The rice helps soak up the extra gravy and becomes super flavorful as you eat. If you doubt that roasted chicken wings can be as crispy as fried ones, just try this recipe and tell me that I'm wrong!​
Smothered chicken with gravy
Learning to make good chicken gravy is a worthwhile life skill to have. With this easy recipe under your belt, you'll be able to turn good food into delicious food every time by simply pouring this over the top. Get the full recipe here.
Oven baked barbecue chicken (h/t Greedy Gourmet)
Barbecue chicken is a real crowd pleaser. Kids love it just as much as the adults, making it ideal for a family dinner. This recipe is easy to master and gives a really delicious result – no outdoor cooking or grilling required.
3-ingredient honey glazed ham
When the holiday season is in full swing, getting the perfect honey-glazed flavor for the ham can change the whole meal. At less than 30 minutes of prep time, the extra effort will definitely go a long way. Get the recipe here.
Stuffed ham with raisin sauce (h/t Taste of Home)
A whole stuffed ham is a real treat, and this recipe takes it to the next level. Stuffed with a corn bread stuffing mix and glazed with honey and orange juice, this ham would make a stunning centerpiece at your next family dinner. ​
Catfish stew (h/t South Your Mouth)
Any time you're lucky enough to lay your hands on catfish, then cooking the filets in this richly-flavored stew is probably one of the finest things you can do with them. The thickly cut bacon and gently simmered vegetables make for a truly hearty and delicious meal.
Southern braised green beans
The trend of late has been to cook green beans – and most green vegetables – until they're just barely warm, so that they retain all of their crunch. But braising green beans, such as in this recipe, is an equally delicious way to serve them.
Southern shrimp and grits
Grits are deeply loved in the South and are the perfect creamy foil for this pretty amazing stew of shrimp, andouille sausage and all manner of other good things. One taste of this and no kidding - you'll be hooked! Get the full recipe here.
Crab and seafood boil
Seafood boils are a classic dish found in the Low Country of Georgia and South Carolina. The recipe below features a seafood combination of crab and shrimp, with corn on the cob and smoked sausage for lots of flavor. Get the full recipe here.
Southern Tennessee meatloaf
Sometimes you just need to get a meal on the table that's nutritious, delicious and brings you right back to childhood. When that's the case, meatloaf fills the bill more often than not. Although you can get fancy with meatloaf and customize it any way that suits your mood, sometimes it's best when you leave it as is, just like your mom used to make. That's what you'll get in this recipe. Get the full recipe here.
Southern buttermilk cornbread
Cornbread is one of the cornerstone foods for which the South is so famous. Every region – perhaps even every family – has its own special recipe. This recipe gets a distinct tang and richness by incorporating buttermilk. In true Southern style, there’s no sugar added to the recipe. Don’t let that stop you from drenching it in honey butter, though.
Southern homestyle macaroni and cheese
Homestyle mac and cheese is almost intimate, isn’t it? Something about a cheesy plate of pasta is forever tied up in warm, happy memories of childhood and family. Dare I say it’s the comfort food to end all comfort food? So, if you’re looking to impress a significant other, start a new family tradition or stop heartache in its tracks, look no further. Get the full recipe here.
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