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Braising: 10 Great Braising Recipes

Braised Beef, Braised Lamb, Braised Chicken and More


Braising: 10 Great Braising Recipes

Braising is a form of moist-heat cooking that breaks down connective tissues in tough cuts of meat, leaving them tender and succulent. Braising is also a great cooking technique for vegetables like cabbage, carrots, eggplant and others. Here are 10 great recipes for braising meat and vegetables.

Also check out this article on how to braise meat.

1. Beef Pot Roast

Pot roast with vegetables and potatoes on table
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Beef pot roast might be the defining braised meat dish: tender, moist and flavorful, beef pot roast is the quintessential "slow food." Both hearty and succulent, it satisfies and comforts. What more can you ask?

2. Veal Osso Buco

Osso buco recipe
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This classic osso buco recipe is made by braising veal shanks. Osso buco is traditionally garnished with gremolata, and served over risotto, polenta or mashed potatoes.

3. Braised Chicken Recipe

Braised chicken recipe
Braising is a great way to cook chicken. The chicken is amazingly flavorful and tender, and you end up making a delicious chicken broth in the process.

4. Braised Short Ribs

Braised short ribs
Braised short ribs is one of the most luxurious dishes in the world, with meat so tender it literally falls off the bone. It's heavenly with creamy polenta.

5. Braised Oxtail

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Oxtail is an odd cut of meat, but braising it transforms it into something rich and succulent for an incredibly satisfying meal. Pure culinary magic.

6. Braised Lamb Shanks

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For these incredible braised lamb shanks you'll need a large Dutch oven or brazier — one that's big enough to accommodate the meat and stock, and safe for both stovetop and oven. Make sure it has a tight-fitting lid, too.

7. Braised Pork Shoulder

Braised Pork Shoulder
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This succulent braised pork shoulder is like pot roast made with pork. In addition to the usual carrots, celery and onion (or in this case, leeks), I like to add some thinly sliced fresh fennel bulb, which is a wonderful aromatic vegetable.

8. Braised Beef Stew

Braised Beef Stew Recipe
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This beef stew is made with beef chuck, potatoes, carrots and peas. Perfect for the colder months, this hearty beef stew is braised in the oven for slow, even cooking.

9. Braised Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Braised Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
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Brussels sprouts are little cabbages, which means they can be a little bit tough. Braising softens them so that they're nice and tender. This recipe for Braised Brussels Sprouts with Bacon is the best way of preparing Brussels sprouts I've ever tasted.

10. Braised Belgian Endives

Braised Belgian Endives Recipe
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Slowly cooking Belgian endives in a bit of butter and lemon juice yields these tender, luscious, almost sweet bundles of otherwise bitter leaves. It's alchemy at its finest.
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