This is slow cooking at its finest and we assure you, it's well worth the wait.
September 22, 2011
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Healthy Braised Meat Recipes
A braising pot is a heavy slow cooker without a plug: In go tough, inexpensive cuts of meat, such as beefy short ribs or bone-in chicken thighs, and out come melt-in-your-mouth treats—after a long simmer. Few other cooking methods achieve this type of total transformation.
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Chicken with Dates, Olives, and Cinnamon
Stovetop braising is ideal for small, quicker-cooking meats, like chicken thighs; oven braising is suited to larger cuts.
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For longer braises, add quicker-cooking ingredients like vegetables in stages so they don't turn to mush over time. Serve this deliciously rich beef over mashed potatoes or egg noodles. Leftover brisket makes tasty sandwiches.
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Cabernet Short Ribs with Parmesan Polenta
Serve this decadent dish with a chunk of bread to soak up all the delicious sauce.
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Soy and Cola-Braised Pork Shoulder
Serve this East-meets-West pulled pork on hamburger buns or Kaiser rolls with shaved cucumber and carrot ribbons tossed with rice vinegar. Or stuff it into tortillas for Asian-style tacos with matchstick-cut cucumber and carrot.