Oven Braised Short Ribs

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Ever order that $20+ entrée of braised short rib on top of some root vegetable puree and a grilled or roasted vegetable side? It’s easy to make at home.

I bought a pack of 6 short ribs which were pretty pricey (to me) at around $14. I remember I used to buy a pack of 4 ribs for $4-5 in San Diego. I didn’t buy them for awhile but had a craving for them so decided to splurge.  I also ordered a short rib dish in a fancy Italian restaurant for $29 last month. One (!!) short rib came out on top of mashed potatoes, with a side of roasted asparagus. I don’t think I will ever order that again (the meat was tough and dry), because I knew how easy it was to make at home. I ordered it in case it was so good I wanted to duplicate the recipe at home. Sadly, I didn’t. One of my biggest disappointments is when I order something at a nice restaurant and what comes out is something I could’ve easily made at home, for much less money.

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Short ribs are basically foolproof. Even if you alter some of the ingredients surrounding the short rib, as long as you braise it in the oven for a few hours, the meat is so tender it falls off the bone easily. There is no way to screw it up.

By dredging the ribs in flour and browning in on a pan, you are developing a deeper flavor for the braise. The brown bits on the bottom of the pan (mixture of flour and fat -which gives the flavor) gently lift off when you sauté the onions and carrots. The red wine along with the beef broth also add more depth and flavor. All of these steps add flavor versus dumping everything uncooked into a baking dish. So don’t skip it.

Another important tip – buy ‘bone-in’ short ribs. Bones give more flavor and help thicken the sauce.

Oven Braised Short Ribs (serves 4)

Ingredients:

  • 6 bone-in short ribs
  • oil for pan frying
  • flour for dredging
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 2 cups baby carrots
  • 8 large mushrooms, quartered
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 2 tsp. brown sugar
  • 2 bay leaves (optional)
  • 2 cups low sodium beef broth
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

*if you want a thicker sauce: after ribs are out of the oven, spoon sauce into a pot, heat to boiling, and whisk in a cornstarch+water slurry, a teaspoon at a time until it is thickened to your liking.

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Salt and pepper the short ribs, then dredge in flour, coating all sides and shaking off excess flour. Add a tablespoon of oil to a skillet, turn to medium high heat. Sear all sides of the short ribs, turning with tongs, until browned. Set ribs aside in baking dish.
  2. Using same skillet, add garlic, onions, mushrooms and carrots, sauté until onions have softened. Add red wine, cook for 2 minutes. Then add beef broth, worcestershire, brown sugar and bay leaves. Bring to a boil then pour everything into an oven safe baking dish and cover with foil.
  3. Bake for 2.5 hours. Remove bay leaves. Serve ribs on top of egg noodles, rice, or mashed potatoes.

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Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Salt and pepper the short ribs, then dredge in flour, coating all sides and shaking off excess flour. Add a tablespoon of oil to a skillet, turn to medium high heat.

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Sear all sides of the short ribs, turning with tongs, until browned. Set ribs aside in baking dish.

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Using same skillet, add garlic, onions, mushrooms and carrots, sauté until onions have softened.

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Add red wine, cook for 2 minutes.

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Then add beef broth, Worcestershire, brown sugar and bay leaves.

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Bring to a boil,

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then pour everything into an oven safe baking dish,

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and cover with foil.

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Bake for 2.5 hours. Remove bay leaves. Serve ribs on top of egg noodles, rice, or mashed potatoes.

Sprinkle with chopped parsley for color or to trick yourself into thinking it’s healthier because green stuff.

Charge everyone $29 each for this dish. Even better, accept their offer to wash the dishes.

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Enjoy!

One Thought on “Oven Braised Short Ribs

  1. Maria D. on February 27, 2015 at 9:32 pm said:

    I’m going to try this recipe….I’ve never cooked braised ribs but they look good!

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