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Sunday Dinner Alternatives to Roasts from Beef Stroganoff to Braised Pork

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Our top Sunday dinner alternatives to roasts include the best beef Stroganoff you’ll ever make instead of roast beef, a rich and spicy chicken curry as an alternative to roast chicken, and in lieu of roast pork we have a braised pork belly with star anise, black pepper, ginger and peanuts. All make memorable meals for families or friends.

This week I’ve compiled a few Sunday dinner alternatives to roasts for you to cook tonight in response to another reader request. The brief was: “one dish that is just as special as a roast, but infinitely more interesting and fun” and I reckon our recipes for beef Stroganoff, chicken curry, and braised pork will do the trick.

I know I’ve shared our beef Stroganoff recipe before, but I really think the result is a successful combination of the most authentic beef Stroganoff and the most delicious beef Stroganoff there is. Let us know what you think. And if you’re not excited by these, browse our other collections of Sunday night dinner ideas for comfort food dishes, and  Sunday dinner ideas starting with soup, bread and wine – food for the soul for challenging times.

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Sunday Dinner Alternatives to Roasts from Beef Stroganoff and Chicken Curry to Braised Pork

Our Sunday dinner alternatives to roasts, from beef Stroganoff to braised pork.

Beef Stroganoff – or Chicken Stroganoff – as an Alternative to Roast Beef

Beef Stroganoff is one of the best Sunday dinner alternatives to roasts and to roast beef in particular that you can cook tonight, and chicken Stroganoff is another terrific alternative to a roast chicken, and we also have a mushroom Stroganoff for vegetarians.

What I love about this beef Stroganoff recipe is that while it makes a dish that looks and tastes like a rich slow-cooked stew, the dish actually doesn’t take all that long to make at all.

And I don’t know about you, but I love making my family recipes for dinner on Sunday as I channel my family while I cook and recall Sunday dinners when the family gathered around my grandparents’ dining table. I find cooking Russian food and the act of remembering enables me to spend precious time with them, even if it’s only in my memory and imagination.

This classic garden salad is a great companion to the Stroganoff. If you’re cooking for family, you could start with bowls of my baboushka’s borscht or do some traditional Russian cabbage rolls. Everybody seems to be cooking cabbage recipes right now. For dessert, we have pancake recipes.

Authentic Russian Beef Stroganoff Recipe for a Retro Classic from a Saint Petersburg Palace Kitchen

Alternatively, instead of a roast chicken, why not make my rich and spicy chicken Stroganoff for Sunday dinner? My chicken Stroganoff recipe makes the best chicken Stroganoff. Inspired by the old Shanghai-style of Stroganoff, it’s incredibly rich, redolent of spices, and slightly tangy due to the addition of Worcestershire sauce, which was added to beef Stroganoff in the Russian restaurants in Shanghai and Harbin in China in the early 20th century. Then there’s my creamy mushroom Stroganoff

Chicken Stroganoff Recipe for a Rich, Spicy, Tangy Old Shanghai Style Stroganoff

Chicken Curry as an Alternative to Roast Chicken

A big batch of a rich and complex chicken curry is one of the best Sunday dinner alternatives to roasts and to a roast chicken in particular.

We have so many fantastic chicken curry recipes in our archives, but this Cape Malay chicken curry recipe makes one of our favourites: a richly spiced curry from Cape Town, South Africa.

Eaten with aromatic Cape Malay yellow rice, buttery roti, and simple tomato, onion and cucumber sambal, it’s an incredibly delicious curry that you’ll be sorry to finish. Our advice: make double the amount, as it tastes even better as leftovers the next day.

This wonderful Cape Malay chicken curry recipe makes a richly spiced tomato-based curry from South Africa, inspired by the aromatic chicken curry we learnt to make in a Cape Malay cooking class in colourful Bo-Kaap, the heart of Cape Malay culture in Cape Town.

Cape Malay Chicken Curry Recipe for a Richly Spiced Curry from Cape Town, South Africa

Braised Pork as an Alternative to Pork Roast

This braised pork belly recipe with ginger, black pepper, palm sugar, star anise, and peanuts is one of the best Sunday dinner alternatives to roasts and to a pork roast in particular.

It makes a comforting Cambodian slow-cooked pork belly dish that Cambodians would simply call a pork stew or khor sach chrouk – also spelt kaw sach chrouk. The palm sugar caramelises the pork and combined with ginger gives it a sweet fragrance, while the peanuts add crunch.

‘Stew’ in Khmer is ‘khor’ or ‘kaw’ and ‘sach chrouk’ means pork meat. A literal translation might be khor sach chrouk knhei mrech skor thnot sondek dei, which explains why it’s just called a Cambodian pork stew.

Whatever you want to call this braised pork recipe, it makes an incredibly delicious dish and it’s not only one of our favourite pork belly recipes, it’s one of our favourite pork recipes full stop.

Like our other Asian braised pork dish recipes, it’s a dish that is best enjoyed with stir-fried Asian greens or morning glory and steamed rice.

Braised Pork Belly Recipe with Ginger, Black Pepper, Palm Sugar, Star Anise and Peanuts

Please do let us know if you make any of our recipes for Sunday dinner alternatives to roasts in the comments below as we’d love to get your feedback and hear how our recipes turned out for you.


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