Love Me Tender: 15 Braises from The Kitchn

Slow-cooked braises can be vegetarian and omnivorian, complex or simple, spicy hot or comfortably mellow. Whatever the recipe, braises fill our homes with mouthwatering aromas and give us something warm to look forward to on cold evenings. Here are all our best and most favorite braising recipes!

Braises are any dish that is cooked low and slow - low temperature over the course of an hour or even longer - until the ingredients are completely tender and the flavors in the dish have melted together into something delicious. You can cook them in a dutch oven on the stove top or in the oven, or you can pop them in your slow cooker and walk away.

One of our favorite things about braises is that they often use low-cost ingredients like bulk dry beans, lean cuts of meat, and tough winter greens. Plus, braised dishes will feed a crowd or give you leftovers for an entire week. That's some excellent budget eating!

TOP ROW: MEAT BRAISES
1. Braised Pork Shoulder - Use this succulent pork for pulled pork sandwiches, in pasta sauce, or as the filling for enchiladas!
2. Jaime Oliver's Chicken in Milk - No dry chicken here! It falls off the bone and melts in your mouth.
3. Braised Pork Shank - Highly adaptable to whatever ingredients are in season.
4. Beer-Braised Short Ribs - Serve a big round of these at football parties and casual dinners.
5. Weekend Pot Roast - Eat the leftovers on sandwiches all week long.

MIDDLE ROW: VEGETARIAN BRAISES
6. Cream Braised Fennel a la Orangette - Sweet and creamy, but still made savory with a dash of lemon.
7. Radishes Braised with Shallots and Vinegar - An unlikely vegetable for braising, but so good!
8. Wine Braised Cabbage - Braising mellows out spicy cabbage and makes it tender.
9. Greek Style Braised Green Beans - Tangy and spicy, with a dash of cinnamon!
10. Squash Braised in Cream - This has become our new comfort food.

BOTTOM ROW: SLOW-COOKER BRAISES
11. Lemon-Garlic Chicken - Subtle garlic infuses this silky chicken.
12. Curried Vegetables and Chickpea Stew - Though technically a stew and not a braise, this is still one of our favorite slow-cooked meals!
13. Braised Artichokes - Have your dinner appetizer ready the minute you walk in the door!
14. Brisket and Onions - Easy peasy and mighty comforting!
15. Slow-Cooker Orange Soufflé - Yes, you can make dessert in the slow cooker!

What have you braised recently?

Related: Why Tougher Meats Make Good Braises