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Get Familiar With Lesser Known Cuts Of Meat With 3 Mouth-Watering Recipes

Resident chef Kathy Gunst shares some of her favorite recipes using chuck roast, lamb shanks and pork belly.
Twice-cooked pork. (Kathy Gunst/Here & Now)

It’s been about a full year of pandemic life, shifting nearly everything in ways we never imagined. A year of not commuting to an office for some of us, but rather staying home and cooking meals once, twice, three times a day.

So many of us are tired of trying to find ways to make dinners that are fast, delicious, healthy or, at the very least, comforting.

Cold weather still blankets swathes of the country and if you crave meat you likely turn to the usual suspects: a burger, ribs, a roast. But there are other cuts that require a little longer, slower cooking time but result in tender, flavorful meals. These cuts of meat all benefit from slow cooking and, like good soup, improve in flavor by sitting overnight. By adding seasonal vegetables — think carrots, parsnips, leeks, onions — you have a hearty meal in one pot.

Lesser-Known Cuts Of Meat Worth Experimenting With:

Boneless beef chuck roast, also called boneless shoulder pot roast or center cut chuck roast, is cut from the shoulder and neck region of the

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