During the holiday season, I love making slow-braised meats because they're foolproof and very comforting. Cooking low and slow virtually guarantees a tender, juicy piece of meat. And what I love about this delicious braised pork is how much it reminds me of another fave from my childhood, my mom's cider beef. Both dishes are sweet and savory and finished with a tangy twist of crème fraîche.
Hard Cider-Braised Pork Shoulder
Recipe: Try Rachael Ray's Hard Cider-Braised Pork Shoulder
Use It Up: The longer the pork sits, the better it gets. Stick any leftovers in the fridge, then make a great breakfast hash by crisping up the meat with some potatoes. Top with a fried or poached egg.
Garlicky Mashed Potatoes & Parsnips
Recipe: Try Rachael Ray's Garlicky Mashed Potatoes & Parsnips
Get Ahead: To keep the mash warm until you’re ready to eat, place the covered pot of potatoes and parsnips inside a larger pot with a few inches of simmering water in it.
Recipe: Try Rachael Ray's Cran-Apple Sauce
Green Beans & Shallots
Recipe: Try Rachael Ray's Green Beans & Shallots
This recipe originally appeared in our Holiday 2020 issue. Get the magazine here.