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Need a hearty Sunday night meal idea

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We are having some friends over for dinner on Sunday and I want to do something hearty, warm, and comforting that I can do ahead (both couples have young kids, so stirring risotto won't work). Only requirement is that it NOT use an oven, as ours is currently off line. I'm bored with chili, and the hubby is not a big stew guy - does anyone have any other ideas?

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  1. Nothing like a big ole batch of homemade spaghetti and meatballs simmering in a nice marinara. Throw in a salad and you've got a meal kids and adults will love.

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    1. re: Michael

      Hee, hee. Didn't see your post when I posted mine. Seems that we were thinking of exactly the same meal!

      1. re: Luisa

        And I whipped it up last Sunday!!

    2. How about Spaghetti alla Bolognese? The bolognese/meat sauce can be cooked ahead of time; in fact the longer it simmers (1-2hrs) the better it tastes. Make it thick and meaty and top it with freshly grated cheese. Then all you need to accompany it is a nice crisp salad.

      1. c

        Chicken paprikash?

        1. Gumbo and all you will need to do is make some rice to go along with it.

          1. Chicken Parmesian, garlic bread, Italian salad.
            Easy, fast, and so good.

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            1. re: Bobfrmia

              I just realized most recipes for Chicken Parmesian call for an oven. I do it all in a skillet. Just bread and fry the breast, dump the sauce over them and simmer, hit em with the cheese and you're done.

            2. Try this chicken pie from MGM studios in Orlando. Make it ahead but don't bake it until just befor you are ready to eat. Just pop it in the oven. Clcik on the link below. Richie

              Link: http://www.disneytrips.com/dining/rec...

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              1. re: Richie

                The original poster indicated that her stove is offline at present.

                1. re: DeeDee

                  ...I think you mean oven.

                2. re: Richie

                  The original poster indicated that her stove is offline at present.

                3. The first thing that came to mind was Coq au Vin. It may be too much of a stew though. Also depends how adventurous the kids are. Serve with noodles/ potatoes/bread and salad.

                  1. How about chicken curry? Relatively easy to make. Even better if you make it ahead of time. There are many ways to make it . . . i.e. with regular curry powder or make your own with all different spices. Also good for kids -- 1)if it is too spicy, just add some yogurt or cream -- 2) fun for them with all that you can serve with it - i.e. raisins, peanuts, chutney, etc. If you need a good recipe, let me know. I can email it to you. Bon appetit!

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                    1. re: chezvous

                      Just thought of beef stroganoff also. Sometimes at meat markets, you can get tenderloin tips a lot less expensive and that is great in the stroganoff. Yummy recipe of this too!

                      1. re: chezvous

                        I'm always in the market for good spice combinations for curries/other dishes. What is your favorite?

                        1. re: Meils

                          The spices I use for my chicken curry are 1 teaspoon each of ground cumin, tumeric, ground coriander, ground hot red pepper, ground fennel seeds (or pulverized in a motar) . . . and at the end of the cooking sprinkle 1 teaspoon of garam masala on top. It turns out very nicely! Enjoy

                    2. This soup is really tasty and kids love it too.

                      You could serve it with sauteed chicken breasts, or even add sauteed and chopped chicken to the soup.

                      Accompany with a salad and some great bread...mmm life is good.

                      Link: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/rec...

                      1. Goulash. I've used the recipe from Joy of Cooking with good results. I'm sure there are plenty of good recipes on the web. Get good, fresh paprika; it's the key to the dish.

                        1. Do you have a big pressure cooker? I have a recipe at home for lovely French beef stew (Daube de Boeuf) which I can post - but not until later. It doesn't have potatoes in it, but does include mushrooms and olives, so I guess that makes it Provencal. I usually serve it over buttered and parsleyed noodles. Anyway, let me know if that interests you and, if so, I'll search for the recipe when I get home tonight.

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                            Caitlin Wheeler

                            What about a shrimp etouffee? There's actually a decent recipe by Emeril on FoodTV.com (for crawfish etouffee, but I've made it with shrimp.)

                            1. Beans and Greens.

                              Saute some rapini, garlic, peppers, salt, pepper until the rapini is tender (depending on the quality of what you get you may need to cut off some or most of the stem). Add some stock - I prefer roasted veggie but others like veal or beef - simmer for a while. Add spinach or whatever other preferred green to mellow the rapini bitterness. Add beans to taste. I like a combo of fava and either chick pea or while beans. You can add tomato or tomato sauce to taste or sausage if you like. Better if you make it the night before and heat it for your guests. Serve with some good quality grated cheese and crusty bread and a nice bottle of Chianti.

                              1. You can also make a brisket or a meatloaf on the stovetop. With some mached potatoes and a veggie. That's pretty comforting.

                                1. With St. Patty's day lurking in the near future, I'm thinking you might want to go with corned beef and cabbage. The meat needs a decently long simmer, and you can cook the potatoes and cabbage right in the same pot. Hearty, simple, and very comforting.

                                  1. A really hearty minestrone soup (with sausage and beans) and crusty italian bread.

                                    1. My vote is for the spaghetti and meatballs/sausage--great for adults and kids.

                                      Plan B would be a couple types of soup--I really like the minestrone option, but you could do a veggie cream of potato/leek soup--this is warm, creamy and comforting. Great salad (greens with blue cheese and pears) and good bread. Kids can have a cupfull with crackers and breadsticks.

                                      Apple crisp for dessert. And it's all good for breakfast, too!

                                      1. How about posole?