If you’re looking for some fresh, new Saturday night dinner ideas, there are so many awesome possibilities!
From appetizers to main courses to dessert, these recipes will give a new meaning to your Saturday feast.
Hurray, it’s Saturday! The weekend has come, and we finally get some well-deserved quality time with family or friends.
The weekend is also the time to pamper yourself or do the things you love the most.
For foodies like me, nothing beats cooking my favorite dishes and making my loved ones extra full and happy.
This list has 30 incredible recipes that will make your weekend all the more special.
I’m talking rich stews, hearty pasta, and decadent cake. These dishes are the epitome of comfort food.
Whether you’re having an intimate dinner with the family or a fun evening with friends, you’d better get ready for pure indulgence.
1. Filet Mignon in Mushroom Sauce
If you are a cooking show enthusiast, then you are no stranger to the ever-famous filet mignon.
How exactly do you treat the most tender part of a steak to get a Gordon Ramsay-approved dish?
The secret is to sear the steak until you get that perfect medium-rare cook.
Top it with mushroom wine cream sauce and boom – perfection. It’s so good, your family will rave about it for weeks.
2. Beef Bourguignon
Next up is a recipe from none other than Julia Child herself.
Beef bourguignon is a beef stew mixed with carrots, pearl onions, bacon, garlic, and herbs.
The base is made of burgundy wine and beef stock that create a rich gravy oozing with flavor.
It takes 3 hours to make the beef fork-tender, so you’ve got a great excuse to have a glass of wine as a reward after.
3. Crab Cakes
Crab is great, crab is awesome. But cracking a bunch of claws can get pretty tiring. Here’s the perfect solution: crab cakes.
Mix sweet crab with mayonnaise, bread crumbs, and old bay seasoning. Fry ’em up until they’re golden and crispy.
See, crab does not have to be so hard to eat, does it?
4. Pizza Bianca (White Pizza)
Ordering pizza is such a treat, but making it in your own kitchen is even better.
You can play around with your favorite pizza flavors. Pizza Bianca is a must-try!
Who says pizza always has to be red? This white pizza has a cream base that makes it look so dainty.
Add in some parmesan and mozzarella, and bam! You’ll have a pizza that’s definitely one for the books.
5. Pad Thai
Let’s bring the delicate flavors of Thailand to your kitchen, shall we?
Stir-fried rice noodles, shrimp, peanuts, scrambled eggs, and bean sprouts make up this wildly popular Thai street food.
If you’ve got a shellfish allergy, no worries. You can always substitute shrimp with chicken or tofu, so you don’t miss out.
Toss those in a tasty pad Thai sauce made of soy sauce, brown sugar, rice vinegar, and peanut butter, and prepare to be amazed.
6. Fiesta Lime Chicken
If you’re craving Applebee’s, but don’t feel like going out, you can quickly whip up this baby at the comfort of your own home.
Grilled chicken rests on a bed of tortilla chips, glazed with zesty lime sauce, covered in tangy ranch dressing, and topped with melted cheese.
It’s not called fiesta for nothing!
7. Chicken and Dumplings
There’s nothing quite like Cracker Barrel’s chicken and dumplings when it comes to comfort food.
This dish is made of chunky, fluffy dumplings with heaps of chicken in a rich chicken broth. It’s southern food at its best!
If you want to jazz up your soup, you can add mushrooms, corn, and peas.
Pro tip: Do not mix and overcook the dumplings unless you want a soup that tastes like flour.
Dinner rolls are a bit of a dark horse, if you ask me.
These round things look so plain and simple, but watch out. It’s bursting with rich and milky melt-in-your-mouth-goodness.
What makes it even better is the honey cinnamon butter on top! The sweetness and hint of spice complement the bread wonderfully.
Steak is one of the most complex meats to get right. It requires delicate care and attention. But once you’ve nailed it, you will be rewarded.
Show your family that your steak-game is strong by bringing the juiciest, most tender, and flavorful steak on the table.
The right amount of garlic butter is more than enough to elevate your steak to a whole other level.
Tricks: If you’re a newbie at steak prep, I recommend you get a good thermometer so you can gauge when the steak is done.
10. Shepherds Pie
Shepherd’s pie is the quintessential British comfort food.
Sauteed ground meat cooked in a rich gravy, topped with a velvety mashed potato, and baked to golden perfection, it’s just plain incredible.
11. Clam Chowder
A cool Saturday evening calls for something hearty, and if you happen to have clams on hand, clam chowder is the way to go.
Sweet clams, smokey bacon bits, and tender potato chunks sit in a thick savory broth. It’s the perfect fixer-upper to a chilly weekend.
All you need now is a comfy blanket for the perfect night-cap.
12. Baked Ziti
I’m not sure what it is, but making a pasta bake is so satisfying, don’t you agree?
The gooeyness of the cheese, the full flavor of Italian sausage, and the rich tomato sauce make this baked ziti so drool-worthy that you’ll wish you could eat it right out of the oven!
13. 15 Bean Soup
Just by the name of this dish, you can tell it tastes spectacular.
This hearty soup’s flavor profile is mind-blowing. The soup’s flavor base comes from celery, garlic, and onion. The meaty goodness comes from smoked ham or sausage.
Rosemary and parsley give it an herby touch. But of course, the true stars of this soup are the 15 different types of beans.
Pro tip: Baking soda cuts down the beans’ gas-making sugars, so add in a bit to your mix so you won’t feel so bloated.
14. Beef Stroganoff
Beef stroganoff is one of the best things you can ever make. Period.
How can it not be? It’s sauteed beef and mushroom in an incredibly rich sour cream gravy.
Best of all, it’s affordable and so easy to make. In fact, one pot is all you’ll need.
It’s flavorful, filling, and budget-friendly. How awesome is that?
15. French Onion Soup
This next recipe is a soup that’s been around for ages! It started with the Romans and got even more popular in the 60s. It’s as much beloved today as it was decades ago.
French onion soup is a hearty soup with caramelized onions and melted cheese on top served in a bowl of bread.
The elements are so basic, but the flavors are superb.
It sounds sophisticated, but really all you’ll need is stuff you probably already have in your cupboard.
16. Stuffed Shells
These stuffed shells are such a cheesy treat, and the kids won’t be able to resist them.
This dish is as cheesy as it gets. The pasta shells are stuffed with cheese sauce, covered in marinara, and topped with even more cheese!
I like to make a huge batch of it and freeze it. That way, I can easily bribe reward my kids with it for behaving well!
17. Pulled Pork
If you want to make pulled pork but don’t have a smoker, no worries!
Pulled pork is infused with soda and cooked in the slow cooker, such that every fiber of the pork is full of flavor.
Apart from giving it flavor, the slow cooker also tenderizes the meat so it can be shredded easily. The meat is so juicy and tender that it’ll simply melt in your mouth.
18. Chicken Parmesan
Have your kids had fried chicken way too many times this week? Try chicken parmesan for a change.
In this dish, marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese add an extra depth of flavor to good old fried chicken.
Baked until bubbly, you’ll have a dish that will never be too boring.
19. Beef Stew
When it comes to classics, beef stew is definitely one of the best.
This dish is a combination of fork-tender braised beef, potatoes, and carrots cooked in an herb-infused gravy.
It looks good, smells good, and tastes heavenly. It’s a feast for the senses!
20. Cabbage Rolls
Cabbage rolls are a great way to introduce your kids to veggies. They won’t even notice this dish is healthy!
The stuffing is a combination of ground beef, cooked rice, onion, garlic, egg, and lots of seasoning!
Now, imagine this awesome mix wrapped in cabbage and baked in rich tomato sauce.
It tastes so good, your kids will definitely ask for seconds.
21. Baked Lemon Butter Tilapia
This recipe amps up a plain fish and turns it into a celebration-worthy dish.
Tilapia fillets are seasoned with salt and pepper, then drizzled with an awesome lemon-garlic-butter sauce, and baked until flaky.
The best part is, after only 20 minutes, the fish is ready to be gobbled up.
22. Pot Roast
The next dish is going to fill your house with an awesome aroma that will make your guests drool.
The signature southern dish is a combination of chuck roast, ranch dressing, au jus, and pepperoncini peppers, slow-cooked until it’s melt-in-your-mouth good.
Serve this at your next party, and you’ll be the talk of the town.
23. Seafood Paella
Paella is normally something you get at a fancy restaurant, but what if I told you there’s an easy way to make it yourself?
This recipe doesn’t require a special paella pan, but the result is still super delicious.
The secret to a great paella is using medium grain rice. It soaks in those delightful aromatics like a sponge. Add your favorite seafood combo, and you’re good to go!
24. Philly Cheesesteak
Philly cheesesteaks are a crowd favorite. They make any random Saturday feel like a holiday.
Tender sirloin chunks, sweet onions, and melted cheese on top – it’s a party in your mouth! Serve it on toasted bread and voila! It’s pure heaven.
25. Lo Mein
If you don’t feel like spending hours in the kitchen on a perfect Saturday, then this one’s for you.
In as little as 15 minutes, you’ll have the tastiest lo mein filled with chicken and veggies.
26. Tandoori Chicken
This classic Indian dish is popular all over the world, and for good reason.
Chicken is coated in a marinade of yogurt, garam masala, and a touch of cayenne.
It’s rich and creamy with the perfect balance of spice, giving your taste buds a sensational experience.
27. Meatball Sub
If you’re a fan of the TV show, Friends, you’ll know that meatball subs are Joey’s favorite. I completely understand why.
Tender and juicy meatballs in a tasty tomato sauce are served hot dog-style inside buns.
They’re covered in cheese, of course, and baked until golden brown. How can you not love these subs?
28. Sloppy Joe Grilled Cheese
What do you get when you combine two awesome dishes together? An epic meal, that’s what.
Say hello to an epic mash-up: sloppy Joe’s and grilled cheese in one!
Sauteed ground meat cooked in garlic and onion is sandwiched between toasted bread. It’s slathered with cheese and grilled to perfection.
29. Pizza Bread
Pizza bread is a nostalgic dish that’s simple yet so satisfying.
It follows the basics of a pizza, but with a twist! Instead of baking the pizza flat, the dough is rolled up.
The fun part is, you can put in any topping to your heart’s content, and each time you get the same fantastic results.
30. Chocolate Cake
Chocolate lovers, stop looking for the best cake in the world; just make one yourself!
This recipe is the perfect solution to your quest for the most decadent, moist, and fudgy chocolate cake.
Pro-tip: make the cake even more chocolatey by adding a shot of espresso.
Don’t worry, it won’t taste like coffee. All it does is boost the chocolate’s flavor.