Meat tends to be cheaper when it includes bones, connective tissue, or other bits that take a little more time to deal with. The reward for this time is extra flavor, both in the meat itself and, in the case of braised meat, the sauce it simmers in. Another plus: many of these recipes taste even better when made a day ahead and reheated before the party, leaving you with some extra time to actually hang out and enjoy the party.
Look for: Bone-in legs and thighs, ground meat.
• Braised French Onion Chicken with Gruyère (pictured)
• Duck Legs in Green Olive Sauce with Cracklings and Pappardelle at Sunset
• Chicken Lettuce Wraps at Rasa Malaysia
Look for: Shoulder or butt, ground meat.
Look for: Chuck roast, short ribs, flank steak, shanks, ground meat.
• Peppered Beef Shank in Red Wine
• Port-braised Short Ribs with Ginger and Star Anise
• Slow Cooker Pot Roast at Martha Stewart
What are your go-to dinner party dishes with cheaper cuts of meat?
(Image: Faith Durand)