Quick question: does anyone cook one pot dishes by adding the raw meat straight in to the stock/beer what ever without browning it first. If so how do you do the veg, sweat it off first of all in raw together. Just interested in a quicker less fuss but still tasty way of getting a dinner in the oven...as ever!!
They don't brown the meat in Levantine cooking (Morroccan tagines etc) but most recipes written by British chefs add that step. I've cooked lamb without browning the meat as instructed in a recipe (Paula Wolfert LAmb with Olives and Lemon or something) and it was delicious. I think the key though is long cooking.
i always do it ( the browning bit that is) - actually that's not true - sometimes sausages escape a sealing. Sometimes i throw the onions in first but usually second and cook them off a bit before adding other veg
For lamb/beef dishes I'm a browner. I like to get the meat to a nice dark mahogany colour, I give any veggies a turn in the meat juices and then I rinse out the pan with whatever liquid is involved as a finale. Think the caramelising process adds a bit of extra flavour. Don't like pale, floppy boiled onions.... bleurrrghh.....
I made beef in beer this week. I gave the onions 5 mins to soften them up a bit, then stuck the meat in with the beer (and flour, carrots etc), and cooked for 2-3 hours. Was GORGEOUS- better than when I've browned the meat, the sauce was richer and the meat softer.
If I have the time and cba, I'll brown the meat - but normally I don't (there's always something more important to do). It makes no difference whatsoever to the taste ime. I don't sweat/soften the onions or other veg either.
My normal recipe - braising steak, onion, carrot, mushrooms, cover with water, into the oven for a couple of hours then thicken the gravy. Three minutes prep time max. Serve with potatoes (or on slices of bread if you're really pushed for time!!).
For a more sophisticated taste - lamb pieces, tin of tomatoes, carrot, caraway seeds, and enough water to cover, into the oven for a couple of hours, then thicken the gravy.
And even quicker - pork chops, onion, small tin of pineapple chunks, into the oven for about an hour. Serve with pasta. No need to thicken any gravy - spoon the juice over the pasta.