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An Italian braise with tomato sauce and red wine is always a winner, and a step away from being a complete meal with the addition of pasta, spaetzle, or polenta.
I can never get enough of a Sichuan-style red-braise with chili bean paste (made from fava beans and chili oil), fermented black beans, soy sauce, wine, and sugar. Plenty of sichuan peppercorns go into the braise and are sprinkled on top, if desired. The spicy rich sauce can be spooned over rice or noodles and served with vegetables, roasted or braised. Daikon is the classic Sichuan pairing for red-braised meat, but root vegetables of any kind would be good, as would cauliflower or long-cooked greens.