I don’t cook a lot of red meat (or eat much of it for that matter), but I wanted to create a hearty dish that my Irish-American husband (a true meat-and-potatoes man) would relish. This was perfect!
P.S.- I also had the day off which is helpful when cooking a recipe that takes about 4 hours (only the first part is active time).
- Bone-in short ribs, 3 – 6 lbs depending on how many people you’re feeding
- Olive oil
- 1 large Spanish onion
- 2 celery stalks
- 2 carrots, peeled
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 can tomato paste (or a bit less depending on your taste)
- 2 cups red wine
- 2 cups water
- 1 bunch fresh thyme (dried will do in a pinch)
- 2 bay leaves
- Preheat the oven to 375ºF.
- Prepare your vegetables for the sauce (peeling, washing). Throw vegetables and garlic into a food processor and form a coarse paste. Set aside for a bit.
- Season the short ribs with salt.
- In a Dutch oven or large pot, coat with a thin amount of olive oil, set over high heat, and brown the ribs well, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Don’t crowd the pot; brown in batches as necessary.
- Drain the fat from the pan and add another thin layer of oil. Add the pureed vegetables, season with salt, and brown the vegetables until they are dark and a curd begins to form at the bottom of the pan, 5 to 7 minutes.
- Add the tomato paste, scraping down the pan, and again allowing a curd to form, 4 to 5 minutes.Add the wine and lower the heat if things start to burn. Reduce the mixture by about half.
- Return the short ribs to the pot and add 2 cups of water or until the water has just about covered the meat. Add the thyme (tied in a bundle if using fresh, sprinkled if using dried) and bay leaves. Cover the pot and place in the oven for 3 hours. Check periodically and add water if needed.
- Halfway through cooking, turn the ribs.
- Remove the lid for the last 20 minutes to allow things to turn nice and brown and to allow the sauce to reduce.
I recommend serving with tiny red potatoes roasted in olive oil, salt, pepper, and rosemary, with a simple vegetable side (I made fresh string beans).