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Feb 5, 2014 08:12 AM

Please recommend braising recipe for dinner party

with preferably a less expensive cut of meat... having a dinner party of 6 this weekend. thank you!

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    1. Sauerbraten! It's a great winter dish.

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      1. re: EarlyBird

        The name is offputting for some people - the idea of "sour" meat, and all. Of course, it's piquant but not sour. A great dish that isn't made often enough because even though it's easy, the lengthy marinating means planning several days ahead. Call it German pot roast or something else, be sure to do the red cabbage. Homemade spaetzle if you have the time, but storebought egg noodles are just fine, too.

        Green beans would be a nice additional side, and complementary color. It's a hearty enough meal that you don't need an elaborately rich dessert. Something with nuts would be nice....maybe maple walnut or butter pecan ice cream with some crisp, thin cookies like Biscoff or Pepperidge Farm Bordeaux. Or Maple-Mocha pudding (search for recipe on this board).

        1. re: greygarious

          Yes. I second the red cabbage and homemade spaetzle which are the necessary side dishes.

        2. re: EarlyBird

          If you are like my husband though, the sauerbraten needs to be prepared at least three days in advance. But we always make it with bottom round, one of the cheapest cuts of meats. And yes, always served with red cabbage.

          1. re: charlesbois

            I agree, the meat must be marinated 3 days, and maybe even 5. I too use bottom round. It's a great dish and really easy to make.

        3. I haven't made it yet but this Bon Appetit pork shoulder recipe got rave reviews on this blog:

          1. I can often find bone-in short ribs at a very reasonable price. Braise and serve over noodles, rice or mashed.

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            1. re: Gail

              Do you have a favorite side you serve with your short-ribs (other than the starch element mentioned)?

              1. re: The Oracle

                Polenta is a good side dish for short ribs.

              2. Pork Shoulder usually is among the cheapest cuts at the market and pulled pork is always popular and pretty much foolproof

                bone-in for anything will add flavor to your braise so chose that if you can