Fork-Tender Dinners: 8 Braises to Fill Your Belly

I'm fairly convinced that everything from lamb to Brussels sprouts is better when braised. Give it some low heat and an afternoon to baste in its own juices, and food takes on never before seen levels of flavor and tenderness. Dinner win.

Give yourself a long weekend afternoon to make these braised recipes. The cooking aromas will drive you crazy, but your patience and restraint will be amply rewarded come dinner time. Most of these recipes also make plenty of leftovers for meals in the week to come.

Star Anise and Ginger Braised Chicken from Leite's Culinaria

Dijon-Braised Brussels Sprouts from Smitten Kitchen

Braised Lebanese Eggplant with Chickpeas from Vegetarian Times

Spice-Braised Lamb Shanks with Lentils from Saveur

Short Ribs Braised in Coffee Ancho Chile Sauce from Gourmet

Braised Celery with Crunchy Bread Crumb Topping from 101 Cookbooks

Apple Cider Braised Brisket from Small Bites

Lamb Tagine with Chickpeas and Apricots from Bon Appétit

Made any fantastic braises lately?

Related: Food Science: Why Tougher Meats Make Good Braises

(Image: Photo by Martin Brigdale © 2010 Ryland Peters & Small via Leite's Culinaria)

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