Simple Braised Short Ribs
- prep time30 min
- total time 240 min
- serves 4
This recipe freezes beautifully, making it the perfect candidate for entertaining.
5 lb(s) beef short ribs
kosher salt and freshly milled black pepper
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 large onion, coarsley chopped
2 medium carrots, coarsley chopped
3 clove garlic, mined (about 1 tablespoon)
2 Tbsp tomato paste
1 sprig rinsed and dried fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried
1 Turkish Bay leaf
1 bottle Red wine (750 ml)
2 14 oz can low sodium chicken stock
½ recipe horseradish sauce (about 1/2 cup)
2 Tbsp unbleached all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
1. Pat the ribs dry and season them on all sides with salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a Dutch oven or a deep flameproof roasting pan that will just hold the ribs in one layer over high heat until hot. Reduce the heat to medium-high, add the ribs, and brown them on all sides, 8-10 minutes. Transfer the ribs with tongs to a platter or bowl.
2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Reduce the heat under the Dutch oven to medium; add the onion and carrots and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute. Add the tomato paste, thyme, and bay leaf and cook for 2 minutes. Transfer the vegetables to the platter with the ribs. Add the wine to the Dutch oven and bring it to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer it until it is reduced by three fourths (to about 1 cup). Add the broth and bring it to a boil. Add the ribs and vegetables along with any juices that have accumulated on the platter. Cover the Dutch oven tightly, place it in the center of the oven, and braise for 2 1/2 hours or until the meat is tender and falling off the bones.
3. Transfer the ribs to a plate with tongs and let stand until they are cool enough to handle. Meanwhile, strain the broth into a bowl. Discard the solids and return the liquid to the Dutch oven. Skim off any fat that floats to the surface. Bring the liquid to a boil, and reduce it to about 2 cups.
4. Discard the bones and any excess fat from the ribs. Knead together the flour and butter in a small bowl, add a few spoonfuls of the reduced broth to the mixture, and then whisk the butter mixture back into the broth. Bring to a boil and simmer 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Return the ribs to the pot and cook gently just until heated through. Divide the ribs onto warmed plates, spoon some of the sauce over top, and serve with the Horseradish Sauce.