My interest in braising started last winter. I picked up a couple of cookbooks from the library to gather an understanding of what exactly this technique was and what types of dishes can be prepared in this way. What I found out was that many of the recipes were reminiscent of the comfort foods so many people grew up with, such as stew or chicken and dumplings.
To break in my beautiful new red pot, I decided that Braised Short Ribs would be a nice way to start. The recipe called for browning the meat, then removing it while the other ingredients were added to cook for a bit and come up to a boil. Then the meat was added back in so that the slow blending of flavors could begin and continue for the next hour. The scent of this dish was truly mouth-watering. The wine I used was a merlot and it married to the other flavors beautifully.
This is a perfect recipe to share with the Low and Slow blogging event over at The Constables' Larder. So, be sure to head over to visit after the submission deadline (October 15) to see what other fantastic slow cooked meals might make your mouth water.
The dish was considered delicious by My Youngest and myself... while My Husband and My Oldest were less impressed by it. You can't please everyone, but if I can please at least half of the people at my dinner table, I'm happy.
Braised Short Ribs
Adapted from: Gourmet, October 1995
Serves 6 to 8.
3 pounds beef short ribs, cut into 1-rib pieces
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 large garlic cloves, minced
3/4 cup dry red wine
14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes including liquid
3/4 cup beef broth
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crumbled
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 ounces pearl onions (about 1 cups), blanched in boiling water 2 minutes and peeled
Pat short ribs dry and season with salt and pepper. In a large pot or dutch oven (at least 6 quarts) heat oil over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking and brown ribs in batches, transferring with tongs to a large bowl.
Add chopped onions to kettle and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until golden - about 5-7 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add wine, tomatoes, broth, Worcestershire sauce, rosemary, and salt and bring to a boil. Add ribs including any juices that have accumulated and simmer, covered, 30 minutes.
Add pearl onions, stirring and pushing down to make sure they are covered by liquid, and simmer, covered, 1 hour, or until meat is tender. Transfer meat and pearl onions with a slotted spoon to a large bowl. Boil braising liquid, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened and reduced to about 4 cups.
Return meat and onions to pot and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until heated through.