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want to cook something that takes a long time

Hi folks--I'm having a few people over in a couple of weeks to watch this six hour long Italian epic (The Best of Youth) and I want to cook something that will take many hours of sitting on or in a stove to serve somewhere around the half way point. I'm thinking of slow roasting a pork shoulder, maybe making carnitas? I guess I'd have to start even well before guests arrive, which is fine. Any other suggestions? Italian theme not required. Thanks!

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  1. molly stevens's maple porter shortribs from all about braising.

    1. I immediately thought that braising would give you the long slow qualities that you desire and Ossa Bucco would be a nice complement with the Italian epic that you plan to watch. Almost any crock pot dish would fit the bill. Carnitas sounds fantastic if you can get the meat.

      BTW, You have great taste in film.

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      1. re: Kelli2006

        i agree-- gotta have and Italian slow-braise like oxtails with your Italian epic. i was going to suggest bbq but if you're doing an Italian film fest it seems like a no-brainer. don't forget to grate fresh pepper and parmesan on your popcorn!

      2. The longest thing I cook is a slow-slow-slow oven brisket....put a basic BBQ rub on a whole brisket, put it into a baking pan, pour over a cup or two of sweet liquid (apple juice, root beer, coke, prune juice, whatever floats your boat), seal tightly with foil and cook at 325 for six to eight hours, depending on size. Unseal, de-fat, and slice.

        1. Ragu bolognaise. It is Italian, obviously. Wonderful in wintry weather, serve over hot pasta with a salad.

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          1. re: cheryl_h

            I agree with the bolognase. I cooked it for 4 hours the other day over the stove and it came out delicious!

            1. re: bitsubeats

              I don't know about your ragu recipes, but I use Marcella Hazan's, and it involves quite a bit of futzing around for the first couple of hours, adding one liquid ingredient and stirring occasionally until it's evaporated, then repeating with the next. Once everything's in there it can mostly just sit and slow simmer, but getting to that point takes a while. If the OP wants to enjoy the movie with her friends that could be a problem.

              1. re: BobB

                Yeah, my riff on Marcella (see below) did take some futzing around for an hour or so, but I anticipated that and got going before guests arrived--by the time the movie started the sauce was ready to simmer for a few hours so everything worked out fine. OP = he. Bolognese totally safe for dudes to cook.

                1. re: Ethan N

                  EN, everything safe for dudes to cook.

                  1. re: jfood

                    Indeed, jfood. My sarcasm conveyer must be out of whack, I was trying to make a joke about the female personal pronoun the previous poster had assumed was correct...and which error didn't really deserve the sarcasm.

                    1. re: Ethan N

                      EN, mine as well. You hosted a 6-hour movie-thon, and made some awesome food. You're not just a dude but for the weekend you were THE dude. :-))

          2. I second the osso bucco or some lamb shanks? I really like the black olive and orange lamb shank recipe from the Molto Mario cookbook.

            Or a nice bolognese that can simmer for 2-3 hours and only gets better!