Braised short ribs

When you learn how to properly braise a short rib, you have just made your kitchen fall in love with you

Braised Short Ribs

When you learn how to properly braise a short rib, you have just made your kitchen fall in love with you, follow this simple and easy steps on how to prepare a perfect braise short rib for the next time you have friends coming over for a dinner party.

The trick is to add enough liquid to the braising pan and allow enough time for the meat to get tender before adding other ingredients. This way, you won’t leave your guest with a furrowed brow throughout the meal.

Ingredients: Serves 4 to 6

  • 5 pounds beef short ribs, bone on
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, skin left on
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon tamarind concentrate (comes in a jar; slightly thicker than ketchup) or paste (comes in a block) for substitute (mix some fresh lemon juice, worcestershire sauce, and a dash of ketchup) 
  • 2 fresh (or dry) bay leaves
  • ½ cup Madeira
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 2 to 3 cups chicken broth

Preparation:

Heat the oven to 225 degrees. Season the short ribs with salt and pepper. Heat a large heavy pan over medium high heat. Add the oil, then the short ribs (add them in batches, if necessary) and brown on all sides. Transfer the ribs to a plate as they finish browning. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon fat.

Add the onion, carrot, celery, and garlic to the pot, reduce the heat to medium, and cook until the vegetables are soft and all the browned bits in the base of the pot have been loosened. Put the short ribs (and any juices that have collected on the plate) back in the pot.

Add the light brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, tamarind paste, and bay leaves. Pour in the Madeira and red wine. Add enough chicken broth to just cover the ribs. Bring the liquid to a boil, then cover the pot and transfer to the oven.

Braise the short ribs until they are very tender when pierced with a fork, about 4 hours (longer if the short ribs are big). Using a slotted spoon, transfer the short ribs to a plate. Let the cooking liquid settle; spoon off as much fat as possible (ideally, you'd do this over the course of two days and would, at this point, put the liquid in the fridge overnight and peel off the layer of fat in the morning). Set the pot on the stove over medium high heat. Bring the cooking liquid to a boil

Lay a short rib or two in each of 4 wide shallow bowls. Spoon over a little sauce. Serve proudly

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