Few things are more perfect for winter than a good braised dish! Packed with flavor and cooked slowly, braises fill both you and your home with warmth and comfort that can't be beat. This cooking style is perfect for red meats, poultry, and even certain winter greens like leeks and brussel sprouts, so it really should not be missed this season! If you agree, read on to find some of our favorite braises from bloggers we love, plus a few from the Key Ingredient community.
Oh, I'm glad you asked! Braising is a cooking method where one or more ingredients (often meat) are seared/pan-fried, then slowly cooked to perfection in a stewing liquid (stock, wine, beer, and juice are common choices). Braising is awesome because you get all the flavor of a good sear/fry plus all the delicious juiciness and other flavors from the cooking liquid, much like you might when using a marinade, or when slow-cooking.
Now onto the recipes!
This version of the classic French coq au vin from Lisa at Garlic & Zest uses dried porcini powder for a unique umami flavor that pairs amazingly with wine-braised chicken, pearl onions, carrots, and other vegetables and herbs. The result is a hearty dish that you'll keep coming back to!
Beef is one of the most popular things to braise, and this braised beef ragu recipe from Olivia at Olivia's Cuisine makes it clear why! This simple and delicious recipe braises chuck roast along with some veggies and herbs in red wine, then serves it atop perfectly cooked gemelli pasta (with more red wine on the side!). This is a great dish to satisfy the whole family.
This braised chicken recipe is inspired by Korean cuisine, braising the meat in a soy, lemon, and ginger sauce. The end result is a simple but very flavorful meat and rice dish that's both filling and delicious.
Pork tenderloin and apples are a match made in heaven, as this recipe from Dahn and Pat at Savor the Best shows. Pork tenderloin is braised in apple cider, alongside apple slices, rosemary, and other ingredients—what could be better during the cold months of the year?
Pomegranate juice lends a sweet-tart flavor to this slow-cooked lamb dish, while cinnamon, cumin and allspice add an undertone of spicy warmth. Serve over couscous to soak up the delicious sauce and with fresh pomegranate seeds and parsley (mint is also great) on top for an easy but impressive finishing touch.
Did you know you can braise leeks, too? These braised leeks from Meghan at Fox and Briar come out tender and packed with flavor—a great side dish for winter or spring! You can't miss this one if you love lemon, thyme, and of course leeks. It's super simple and doesn't take nearly as long as a braised meat dish, so veggie-lovers can rejoice.
Last but not least, this Brazilian braised pork recipe from Kevin at Kevin is Cooking is absolutely irresistible. This simple recipe cooks pork slowly to fall-apart perfection in passion fruit and orange juice, so it's perfect when you want a bold, fruity flavor alongside savory seared meat. It's perfect for tacos, enchiladas, tortas, or whatever you want!
Lisa has been cooking since she was a child, and she loves to share her cooking tips, experiments, and tried-and-true recipes with her readers at Garlic & Zest. She's particularly well-versed in coastal Southern food, French food, and healthy cooking.
Originally from Sao Paulo and now living in New York, Olivia of Olivia's Cuisine is particularly adept with Brazilian recipes, but loves making food from all over the world. Her blog is a place where, "I express my adventures in the kitchen, a friendly place where readers can browse through my experiences and find/nurture their passion for cooking."
Mom and daughter team, Pat & Dahn, run Savor the Best together with a focus on "ancient grains, bold flavors and innovative recipes." They are an excellent resource for those looking to eat wholesome foods without sacrificing flavor or excitement. For them, "real food," (not processed, pre-packaged stuff with added preservatives) is king.
Meghan runs Fox and Briar from her home in Seattle where she lives with her husband and 2 cherished cats. She loves to share recipes that are both simple and flavorful, especially things that are made from scratch without the help of a lot of pre-packaged foods. Her blog is a great resource for those wanting to cookly quickly, simply, and healthily.
Kevin has loved cooking since he was a teenager, and on his blog, Kevin is Cooking, he gets to share that with the world. He loves putting his own spin on classics and comfort food with "big, bold flavors," and can also teach you a thing or two about cooking for special diets without leaving those big bold flavors behind.