Falling leaves and the sudden urge to snuggle under a blanket and binge watch your favourite shows can only mean one thing: it’s braising season, baby. From fall-off-the-bone chicken thighs to a mouth-watering short rib beef Wellington, cooler weather is a the perfect excuse to stay inside and start cooking low and slow.
Braised Chicken Thighs and Legs With Tomato
This one-pot wonder is Sunday night dinner at its finest, and stars chicken legs and thighs together with memorably bold flavours. More good news? It tastes just as delicious as leftovers the next day.
White Bean and Chicken Chili
A lighter chili recipe that combines lean chicken and spring greens all in one family-friendly pot of goodness. Simply reheat on the stove from frozen and devour to make chaotic weeknights a little less hectic.
French Country Pot Roast
Christine Cushing’s succulent beef brisket could easily replace a holiday bird, and since it can be made up to two days in advance, it’s getting our vote this year.
Get the French Country Pot Roast recipe
Cider-Braised Pork Shoulder with Apples
Pork and apples braised in a sauce spiced with harissa, cinnamon, cumin, cardamom and a splash of Riesling — this is a must-make cool weather dish.
Get the Braised Pork Shoulder recipe.
Beer-Braised Chicken Thighs
This simple weeknight dinner is packed with plenty of veggies and a bottle of lager for flavour.
Roast Chicken Noodle Soup
Take your Dutch oven for a spin with this no-fuss recipe. You can stretch a rotisserie chicken into this hearty pot of delicious soup you can enjoy all week long.
Anna Olson's Poule au Pot
In English, this classic French dish translates to boiled chicken, but it’s so much more than that; as the chicken cooks —soaked in water and wine— the addition of veggies gives this hearty soup a blue-ribbon status.
Spiced Red Lentil Vegetable Stew
Lentils contain more fibre than nearly any other bean or legume, making them a satisfying, healthy option to keep on hand in both vegan and omnivorous kitchens. Quick-cooking and simple to prepare, make lentil stew your new weeknight go-to for a meatless main (just skip the cheese topping).
Beef and Butternut Squash Stew
Made with nutrition-packed butternut squash, fresh herbs and budget-friendly stewing beef, this hearty stew also makes for great leftovers.
Halibut or salmon, shrimp, mussels and clams are tossed in a pot with tomatoes, fennel, onion, fish stock and white wine in this flavourful seafood stew.
White Fish & Navy Bean Cassoulet
Bargain hunters, make this dish immediately. Not just because it costs a mind-boggling 66 cents per person to make (which it does), but because you never thought cassoulet could be deemed a cheap meal.
Braised Pork Tacos
Tender braised chipotle pork is topped with pickled onions, jalapeños, shredded cabbage and crumbled queso fresco, all served in a soft, warm tortilla.
Braised Lamb Shanks with Escarole and Radicchio
The secret to Easter-worthy melt-in-your-mouth lamb is cooking it low and slow. Not only does this deliver melt-in-your-mouth meat, it creates a beautifully rich herb sauce to serve alongside.
Beer Braised Beef Tacos
Beer and beef are a match made in braising heaven. The result of this Canadian combo is melt-in-your-mouth beef tacos with a smoky kick thanks to some unique Canadian craft brews. Can’t find smoky beer? Don’t fret, a malty, oatmeal stout will do just fine.