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15 Braises to Maximize Your Meal Returns

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In the marketplace of the food world, braising is a smart investment. Your costs are low (little effort, inexpensive cuts of meat) and your earnings are high (tender, crazy flavorful meat or vegetables in a sauce that has cooked itself). Sure, braised dishes need some time to appreciate, but that time is largely unattended—and makes your home smell wonderful. You’re left with a deceptively impressive meal perfect for a dinner party or a cozy weekend in. Talk about maximizing your returns:

Braised Onion Sauce
Braised Onion Sauce
Braised Whole Belgian Endives (Indivie Intere a Crudo)
Braised Whole Belgian Endives (Indivie Intere a Crudo)
Balsamic-Braised Lamb Shanks
Balsamic-Braised Lamb Shanks
Andy Ward & Jenny Rosenstrach's Pork Shoulder Ragu
Andy Ward & Jenny Rosenstrach's Pork Shoulder Ragu
Olive Oil-Braised Broccoli Rabe
Olive Oil-Braised Broccoli Rabe
Braised Barramundi in Broad Bean Chile Sauce with Pickled Chiles and Ginger
Braised Barramundi in Broad Bean Chile Sauce with Pickled Chiles and Ginger
Braised Chicken Thighs with Tomato and Garlic
Braised Chicken Thighs with Tomato and Garlic
Carrots and Fennel Braised with Orange Zest and Honey
Carrots and Fennel Braised with Orange Zest and Honey
Cabernet-Braised Short Rib and Chanterelle Cobbler
Cabernet-Braised Short Rib and Chanterelle Cobbler
Marcella Hazan's Braised Celery with Onion, Pancetta, and Tomatoes
Marcella Hazan's Braised Celery with Onion, Pancetta, and Tomatoes
Maple Braised Rabbit And Carrots
Maple Braised Rabbit And Carrots
Fragrant Braised Chicken
Fragrant Braised Chicken
Judy Rodgers' Lentils Braised in Red Wine
Judy Rodgers' Lentils Braised in Red Wine
Butter-Braised Fingerlings
Butter-Braised Fingerlings
Warm Braised Pineapple
Warm Braised Pineapple