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May 4, 2010 10:31 AM

Recipes that take all day to cook

What do you make when you have all day or all weekend to really make something good? I generally cook things that come together quickly because I don't have a lot of time. But some weekends, we don't have much going on and I want to make something special but I really don't know what to make. I need a killer spaghetti sauce recipe or something that I can really baby all day and have a fantastic meal. What do you make?

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  1. Not necessarily all day, but a good 3-4 hours including prep time....Marcella Hazan's bolognese. Or a braised brisket (mine takes about 4 hours) plus some time for prep.

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    1. re: valerie

      Oh, and when I make things that require a lot of time, I always make a double, or even triple, batch and put some in the freezer to pull out at a later date.

    2. I just made shredded pork with ancho chile sauce; they make a great taco. I cooked it in the slow cooker for about 9 hours but it can be done in a low oven as well.

      1. Posole Rojo is a great pork and hominy stew that can take 1-2 days to make. The great thing about it is that you add fresh garnishes (cabbage, radishes, onions, cilantro, avocado) so you've got the slow-cooked homey taste along with some crispy freshness.

        Here's a recipe I like to use:

        1. Sushi takes me all day. Between the rinsing of the rice, making the rice and all the prep and rolling, it's nearly all day, which is why it rarely gets made. But maybe I'm just slower than others.

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          1. re: JerryMe

            I don't rinse my rice, just make a tiny batch, don't bother with those rolling mats, and only make one kind at a time, so I can usually crank it out in an hour-- but I can see how if you were doing everything properly, making a variety of sushi or cooking for a whole family, it could be quite an ordeal!

            I'd add slow-roasted chicken to the list. I never have time to do it on a weeknight, but every once in a while I'll get the heat just right so it's almost falling apart but still holds together into pieces when I cut it up.

          2. I'll often bake bread -- I do have plenty of ordinary bread recipes that take no time to throw together and can rise while I'm doing something else, but cinnamon rolls, or a bread that starts with a sponge that rises for hours... I'll do that on a lazy day.

            Bolognese is another one. Lemon meringue pie. Big cuts of meat on the bbq. Chili.

            I've never done this myself, too blasted fiddly, but why not molé!