In the realm of comfort food, Red Wine Braised Beef Short Ribs are a number one contender! Honestly, few dishes compare when it comes to capturing the essence of warmth and indulgence. Investing time in this slow cooker recipe adapted from Chef Genevieve, rewards you with melt-in-your-mouth short ribs and a luxurious sauce that’s restaurant-quality. Ultimately, the slow braising process infuses the meat with rich, hearty flavors making it perfect to cozy up to on a chilly fall, or winter evening.
This slow-cooked beef recipe will yield approximately 8 servings. If making for a smaller crowd, use only half of the required short ribs. However, keep the remaining ingredients amounts the same.
WHY MAKE BRAISED BEEF SHORT RIBS
While this Red Wine Braised Short Ribs recipe requires time, most of it is spent slow-cooking in the oven. The reality is, your active participation is minimal, making it a perfect choice when you want to impress without being tied to the stove.
In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, indulging in a dish like Braised Short Ribs is a reminder to slow down and savor life’s luxuries. It’s an invitation to treat yourself, to relish in the pleasure of a well-cooked meal and the company of those you cherish.
HOW TO PREPARE THE BEST BRAISED SHORT RIBS
With each ingredient and technique, you can transform a humble cut of beef into one elegant, comforting dish. While this short rib recipes exudes sophistication, the preparation is surprisingly manageable. With careful attention to detail and the right technique, you can present a restaurant-quality dish without being a professional chef.
- Prepare the Short Ribs:
- First and foremost, allow the ribs to come to room temperature and pat dry.
- Season the short ribs generously with salt and pepper on all sides.
- In an oven-safe pot, heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Sear the short ribs until deeply browned on all sides.
- After achieving a perfect sear, remove and reserve on a plate.
- Prepare the Braising Liquid:
- Reserve 3 tablespoons of fat in the pot, discarding the rest.
- Add chopped onions, celery, and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Sauté until softened.
- Dust the vegetables with flour, cooking off the raw flour taste.
- Stir in tomato paste and cook for a minute.
- Pour in 3/4 of the bottle of Cabernet and add back the short ribs, allowing it to simmer and reduce for about 30 minutes.
- Braise the Short Ribs:
- Add beef broth, parsley, thyme, rosemary, and bay leaves.
- Preheat the oven to 325°F (163°C) and braise the ribs, covered, for 3 hours until tender.
- Prepare the Demi-Glacé:
- Carefully, remove the short ribs and keep warm in the turned-off oven.
- Strain the braising liquid back into the pot.
- Simmer and reduce the liquid. Optionally, add store-bought demi-glacé for enhanced flavor.
- If needed, thicken the sauce with a cornstarch slurry.
- Serve and Enjoy:
- Plate puréed mashed potatoes, add 1-2 short ribs, and generously ladle the demi-glacé over the top.
- Optionally, serve with risotto or your favorite side dishes.
TIPS ON MAKING THE BEST BRAISED BEEF SHORT RIBS
- Prepare the Meat: If time warrants, allow the meat to come to room temperature for a better sear.
- Patience is Key: Low and slow cooking at a consistent temperature allows the flavors to meld, and the meat becomes incredibly tender.
- Sear for Flavor: A good sear on the beef short ribs creates a flavorful crust. Next, pat the ribs dry before searing to achieve a perfect golden-brown surface.
- Balanced Seasoning: Season the ribs liberally with salt and pepper, ensuring the seasoning reaches all sides. Proper seasoning is essential for enhancing the taste of the dish.
- Carrots: Feel free to add carrots to the mirepoix.
- Use Fresh Herbs: Fresh parsley, thyme, and rosemary infuse the sauce with vibrant flavors.
- Quality Wine Matters: Choose a good-quality Cabernet Sauvignon, or any red wine you enjoy drinking. In fact, the wine you use greatly impacts the overall taste of the dish.
- Be Patient with Reduction: Allow the wine to reduce adequately before adding the beef broth. This intensifies the wine’s flavor and creates a concentrated base for the sauce.
- Don’t Rush Braising: Let the short ribs braise for the full 3 hours. The slow cooking process ensures the meat becomes fall off the bone, and absorbs the flavors of the sauce.
- Optional Demi-Glacé: Optionally, add a packet of store-bought demi-glacé to enhance the richness of the sauce. It’s an easy way to add depth of flavor.
- Thicken with Cornstarch Slurry: If the sauce needs thickening, use a cornstarch slurry (cornstarch mixed with water) to achieve the desired consistency. Add it slowly while stirring to avoid lumps.
- Storage and Reheating: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat gently on the stove over low heat to maintain the tenderness of the meat and the flavors of the sauce.
Typically, serving these delicious braised short ribs with puréed mashed potatoes and sautéed, fresh green beans is my go-to. However, here are a few other fabulous pairing options:
- Creamy Risotto: The creamy texture of risotto complements the richness of the short ribs.
- Roasted Vegetables: Add a healthy touch with a side of seasonal roasted vegetables.
- Crusty Bread: Serve with crusty bread to soak up the flavorful sauce.
- Homemade Ricotta Gnocchi
Storing and Leftovers: Store any leftover short ribs and sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat gently on the stove, ensuring not to boil. Alternatively, freeze the leftovers for up to 2 months.
- Short Rib Sandwiches: Shred the leftover meat and serve in sandwiches with caramelized onions and cheese.
- Short Rib Pasta: Toss the shredded meat with pasta and the reduced sauce for a luxurious pasta dish.
- Short Rib Tacos: Fill taco shells with shredded meat, salsa, and your favorite toppings for a unique twist.
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