About Braising Vegetables
1/4 c Water
2 c Vegetables
*Braising is similar to stewing but uses less liquid compared to
water-steaming, it develops greater nuances of flavor and preserves more
color in vegetables.
*Some recipes for braised vegetables call for a combination of cooking
methods: Certain ingredients -- usually carrots or other dense-textured
vegetables?may be first sauteed in oil or butter to develop color and
flavor, then cooked slowly in a small amount of liquid: wine, sherry,
vegetable stock, defatted beef or chicken stock, or a combination of these.
*The steam-filled atmosphere inside a tightly covered pan or casserole
releases the food's essential oils and juices, enhancing the taste and
aroma of the vegetables and creating an appetizing glaze.
*Any root vegetable -- carrots, onions, leeks, celeriac -- is a candidate
for braising; so are celery, cabbage, Belgian endive, fennel and broccoli,
or a medley of these vegetables. Swiss chard, kale and mustard braise well
if cooked in a very small amount of liquid until barely wilted.
TIPS **Start the braising process with about 1/4 cup liquid per 2 cups of
vegetables, adding more only if the food cooks dry before it is tender.
**Any heatproof casserole with a tight-fighting lid can be used for
braising as long as the dish conducts heat well.
**Braising can be done on top of the stove or in an oven.
**Braising times depend on the variety of vegetables used, their size and
shape, their maturity and freshness.
See "Braised Carrots and Baby Onions in White Wine" for sample recipe
*Universal Press Syndicate, 1998/04/08 >Riverside PE
Recipe by: Annette Gooch, UPS
Posted to MC-Recipe Digest by KitPATh
on Apr 08,