Braising Food 101: A Beginner’s Guide

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If you are new to the world of braising, do not fear. We have gathered some of the best, simplest, and tastiest recipes from around the internet to get you started. There's no need to be nervous. You've got this! But we should warn you: once you start braising, you might never want to go back.

Recipes to Get You Started

Your first stop along this new road should certainly be Red Wine Braised Short Ribs. A few caveats before you get started: you'll need a Dutch Oven, you will want to remember to buy bone-in short ribs, and the dish will take between two and two-and-a-half hours to cook. We promise that the results are worth the wait. 

For a white-meat option, try this Braised Chicken with Cilantro, Mint, and Chiles. This is a quicker and simpler option than the short ribs mentioned above, but it's no less tasty. When paired with rice, a seasonal vegetable, and a Sauvignon Blanc, this new dish will soon join your regular rotation of favorites.

No matter your main course, you can always serve it up with a hearty side of Crunchy Braised Brussels Sprouts with Smoked Bacon. Though these veggies are typically tough in their raw form, the braising method softens them up nicely. 

For dessert, consider this Braised and Brûléed Apples with Ice Cream. While the dessert does require a bit of footwork, the results sound absolutely delicious.

A thin layer of caramelized sugar on the surface of these apples mimics the crackle of crème brûlée. Finally, a good reason to poach fruit.

We could not agree more.

If you have been looking for a good reason to start braising food, we can't think of a better one than to take advantage of the recipes in this beginner's guide.

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