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17 Leisurely Recipes That Prove Faster Isn't Always Better

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Ripen fruit faster. Chill wine faster. Soften butter faster (or try to, at least). And, most of all, make dinner faster.

9 Genius Shortcuts for Speedier Weeknight Dinners
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9 Genius Shortcuts for Speedier Weeknight Dinners

We're constantly telling you to speed up, to rush, to get that chicken on the table as fast you possibly can. But pause.

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Life's not a race to finish. Sometimes, as The Beatles (and lots of others) have said, the love you take is equal to the love you make. Put in more—more time, more energy, more ingredients—and, with the right recipe, you'll get something remarkable, like falling-apart broccoli or an unbelievably crispy grain salad.

​Sure, lengthy stints in the oven and slow simmers are less desirable in the summer or on a weeknight, but we're having a cold spell in the Northeast and it's almost the weekend: Now's the time to pull out your cooking tricks—to make a leisurely dinner and wait for a cheesecake to chill.

These recipes aren't the simplest or the fastest: Some call for long marinades; some involve frying or slow-cooking; one asks you to bake cheese that you could very well eat straight from the package.

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But the time and effort? Worth it.

Jessica Koslow's Crispy Brown Rice "Kabbouleh"
Jessica Koslow's Crispy Brown Rice "Kabbouleh"
Trout Kabayaki with Avocado
Trout Kabayaki with Avocado

You can sub the persimmon for a fruit or vegetable in season near you:

Farro Salad with Onion Confit, Persimmon, and Arugula
Farro Salad with Onion Confit, Persimmon, and Arugula
Andrew Feinberg's Slow-Baked Broccoli Frittata
Andrew Feinberg's Slow-Baked Broccoli Frittata
Buttermilk-Marinated Roast Chicken with Tarragon and Dijon Mustard
Buttermilk-Marinated Roast Chicken with Tarragon and Dijon Mustard
Suzanne Goin's Slow-Cooked Cavolo Nero (a.k.a. Tuscan Kale)
Suzanne Goin's Slow-Cooked Cavolo Nero (a.k.a. Tuscan Kale)
Chicken Cutlets Grilled in Charmoula with Quick-Cured Lemon Confit

Chicken Cutlets Grilled in Charmoula with Quick-Cured Lem... by creamtea

Onion and Red Pepper Confit

Onion and Red Pepper Confit by drbabs

Mushroom and Vegetable Pho
Mushroom and Vegetable Pho
Forever-Roasted Bell Peppers

Forever-Roasted Bell Peppers by Leslie Stephens

Roy Finamore's Broccoli Cooked Forever

Roy Finamore's Broccoli Cooked Forever by Genius Recipes

Sally Schneider's Slow-Roasted Salmon (or Other Fish)
Sally Schneider's Slow-Roasted Salmon (or Other Fish)
Garlic-Orange-Rosemary Marinated Olives
Garlic-Orange-Rosemary Marinated Olives
General Tso's Cauliflower
General Tso's Cauliflower
Marinated Beet Salad with Garlic Confit Vinaigrette
Marinated Beet Salad with Garlic Confit Vinaigrette

This doesn't take so long—but it does take longer than eating ricotta right from the tub:

Baked Ricotta with Mushroom Confit and Balsamic Brown Butter
Baked Ricotta with Mushroom Confit and Balsamic Brown Butter
Pasta with Slow-Cooked Cauliflower, Anchovies, and Garlic
Pasta with Slow-Cooked Cauliflower, Anchovies, and Garlic