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Braising

  • How-To

    How to Cook Octopus At Home

    When I eat out, part of the fun comes from ordering foods I don’t normally cook at home. Charred octopus is one such item. While it has always been a…

  • Recipe

    Charred Octopus

    Tender and ever-so-slightly smoky, with a hint of the sea , charred octopus makes a  great starter and a delicious addition to pasta and risotto. The octopus needs to braise for 2…

  • How-To

    Backward Braising

    Slow cooking followed by a blast in the oven creates tender meat with an appealing crust, all without searing.

  • Recipe

    Braised Chicken Legs with Prosciutto, Sweet Potatoes, and Olives

    Tender chicken is at the heart of this homey braise, but it’s the other ingredients—the broth, rich prosciutto, sweet potatoes, and tangy olives—that make it memorable.

  • Recipe

    Porcini-Rubbed Red-Wine-Braised Beef

    The deep, dark spice rub can make the meat look like it’s burned, but it’s most definitely not. A special-occasion dinner on its own, the beef is also delicious shredded,…

  • Recipe

    Spiced Apple-Braised Pork Shoulder

    Apple and pork is a classic combination. Here, the fruit’s sweetness is balanced by the warm spices—ginger, mustard, cayenne, and black pepper—in the spice rub. For best flavor, season the…

  • Recipe

    Braised Pork Shoulder with Fennel, Garlic, and Herbs

    The flavor combination in this braise is reminiscent of porchetta, and leftovers make a great sandwich. For the best results, season the pork at least a day ahead.

  • Recipe

    Chile-Rubbed Braised Beef

    The Tex-Mex flavors of this fork-tender meat make it perfect for shredding and using in tacos, burritos, and even nachos. It’s also tasty on its own topped with the chunky…

  • Moveable Feast

    Chicken Mole with Plantains, Butternut Squash, and Parsnips

    The use of a prepared mole paste shortens the ingredient list and prep time for this classic Mexican dish.

  • Recipe

    Braised Turkey Legs wth Crisp Pancetta and Parsley

    Turkey legs cook up deliciously tender when braised. Just before serving, the meat is garnished with crisped pancetta, which gives it the same satisfying crunch as crackly, roasted skin.