Unfamiliar Meat Cuts: A Guide to Butcher Favorites

We all love standbys like filet mignon and tenderloin, but these non-standard cuts—revered by those behind the counter—are delicious, versatile and often more economical.
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Instead of filet mignon
Try teres major, a supertender cut that’s more flavorful

Instead of lamb shanks
Try lamb short ribs, a trendy restaurant cut

Instead of pork butt/fresh ham
Try picnic shoulder, which has lots of skin for crisping

Instead of tenderloin roasts
Try top round, a less expensive cut that’s great for roasting

Instead of pricey veal chops
Try veal shoulder, delicious when braised until tender


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PUBLISHED November 2008