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25 Hands-Off Braises to Make Your Kitchen Smell Like Heaven

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My grandfather used to say that there was no better smell than cooking onions. I tend to agree, but there is one culinary undertaking that could have plain old onions beat: braises. Cooked low and slow, braises typically shine when simmered for hours, giving the meat (or vegetables) time to soften and become unbelievably buttery and tender. In the midst of winter, there is no better way to perfume your house than with a smoky chicken stew (where the oven does all the work) or a garlic-and-lemon-scented broccoli rabe braise. And there's no better activity on a chilly evening than crafting an almost hands-off dinner that's not only cozy and aromatic, but will also taste better on day two.

Make one of these 25 braises, and I guarantee that anyone who enters your kitchen will sniff the air and say: "Something smells amazing!"

Crazy juicy chicken

Braised Moroccan Chicken and Olives
Braised Moroccan Chicken and Olives
Hunter's-Style Chicken

Hunter's-Style Chicken by lastnightsdinner

Fragrant Braised Chicken

Fragrant Braised Chicken by gingerroot

Oven-Braised Chicken Stew, Hungarian-Style
Oven-Braised Chicken Stew, Hungarian-Style
Braised Peanut Chicken Curry with Thai Gremolata

Braised Peanut Chicken Curry with Thai Gremolata by indieculinary

Braised Chicken Thighs with Tomato and Garlic

Braised Chicken Thighs with Tomato and Garlic by Merrill Stubbs

Apple Cider Braised Chicken
Apple Cider Braised Chicken
Spicy Braised Chicken with Citrus and Rhubarb
Spicy Braised Chicken with Citrus and Rhubarb

fall-off-the-bone beef, lamb, & pork

Pomegranate Braised Lamb Shanks
Pomegranate Braised Lamb Shanks
Coconut Water–Braised Pork Belly (Thit Kho Tàu)

Coconut Water–Braised Pork Belly (Thit Kho Tàu) by Imogen Kwok

Chipotle Braised Lamb Tacos with Balsamic-Soaked Raisins

Chipotle Braised Lamb Tacos with Balsamic-Soaked Raisins by clintonhillbilly

Braised Oxtail Ragu
Braised Oxtail Ragu
Cabernet-Braised Short Rib and Chanterelle Cobbler

Cabernet-Braised Short Rib and Chanterelle Cobbler by Brooke Bass | Chocolate + M...

Dan Barber's Braised Short Ribs

Dan Barber's Braised Short Ribs by Amanda Hesser

Cider-Braised Pork Shoulder with Caramelized Onion and Apple Confit
Cider-Braised Pork Shoulder with Caramelized Onion and Apple Confit
Balsamic-Braised Lamb Shanks

Balsamic-Braised Lamb Shanks by Cara Nicoletti

Short Ribs Braised in Red Wine and Vanilla

Short Ribs Braised in Red Wine and Vanilla by Phyllis Grant

Coffee-Infused Braised Lamb Shanks and Beans

Coffee-Infused Braised Lamb Shanks and Beans by Fairmount_market

Maple Braised Rabbit And Carrots

Maple Braised Rabbit And Carrots by aargersi

buttery, tender vegetables

Olive Oil-Braised Broccoli Rabe
Olive Oil-Braised Broccoli Rabe
Joy the Baker's Olive Oil-Braised Chickpeas (More or Less)

Joy the Baker's Olive Oil-Braised Chickpeas (More or Less) by Sarah Jampel

Marcella Hazan's Braised Celery with Onion, Pancetta, and Tomatoes

Marcella Hazan's Braised Celery with Onion, Pancetta, and... by Genius Recipes

Coconut Braised Chickpeas and Broccoli
Coconut Braised Chickpeas and Broccoli
Wintery Braised Red Cabbage, Plus Some Jelly
Wintery Braised Red Cabbage, Plus Some Jelly

and, for the ultimate aromatic: braised onions!

Braised Onion Sauce
Braised Onion Sauce

What do you cook when you want your kitchen to smell amazing? Give us some smell-spiration in the comments!

Automagic Spring Menu Maker!
Automagic Spring Menu Maker!

Tags: Vegetable, Weeknight Cooking, Weekend Cooking, Winter, Braise