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Dinner: Just Braise It

Julia Bainbridge
Food Editor
December 11, 2013

Set it and forget it meals are a busy home cook’s godsend. Especially if there are many mouths to feed (and, in between, Lego war zones to be settled and raspberry jam stains to be washed off T-shirts). The key word, here: braise, because it means you can do about 10 minutes of chopping and sautéing, then put the lid on that heavy pot and walk away. Come back an hour later and all of the ingredients have married together, the meat is tender, the broth is hot, and dinner is served (by you!). Here are seven recipes to get you started. And may we suggest a glass of wine during that so-called “down time”? 

Braised Chicken with Orange and Scallions

Braised Celery with Onion, Pancetta, and Tomatoes

Red Wine-Braised Beef Brisket

Vinegar-Braised Pork Shoulder Chops