BRAISED SHORT RIBS
Prepare for a culinary journey that will warm your heart and make your taste buds dance with joy! Our Braised Short Ribs are a symphony of flavors, a slow-cooked masterpiece that transforms humble beef ribs into melt-in-your-mouth magic. With aromatic herbs, a rich red wine sauce, and tender meat that falls apart with a gentle fork, this dish is the epitome of comfort food. So, don your apron and get ready to create a meal that's sure to become a family favorite!
BRAISED SHORT RIBS
- 2 lbs. beef short ribs
- 2 cups chopped yellow onion
- 1 cup celery, chopped
- 1 cup carrots, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic – thinly slivered
- 1 cup red wine
- 1 cup low-sodium beef broth
- 4 sprigs (about 6 inches) fresh rosemary
- 4 sprigs (about 6 inches) fresh thyme
- 1 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
Serving Size: 1
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
- Calories: 539
- Total Fat: 30.8g (47% Daily Value)
- Saturated Fat: 11.1g (55%)
- Trans Fat: 1.6g
- Sodium: 402mg (16%)
- Total Carbohydrate: 18.7g (6%)
- Dietary Fiber: 4.5g (18%)
- Sugars: 7.5g
- Protein: 51g
Step 1: Rib-ulous Beginnings
Let's kick off this culinary adventure by prepping the short ribs. Remove as much visible fat as you can from the short ribs, and then cut them into 2-inch cubes. This step sets the stage for the mouthwatering magic that's about to unfold.
Step 2: Sear-tastic Action
Heat one tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat in a skillet and get ready for some sear-tastic action! Brown the meat cubes until they're beautifully caramelized on the outside. It's all about building layers of flavor.
Step 3: Wine and Dine
Add wine to the skillet, and as it sizzles, use a spatula to scrape up all those irresistible brown bits. These are the flavor gems that will make your short ribs truly exceptional.
Step 4: Slow-Cooker Symphony
In a slow cooker, place the seared meat cubes and all the other ingredients, including the chopped onions, celery, carrots, slivered garlic, fresh rosemary, fresh thyme, and diced tomatoes. Pour in the low-sodium beef broth and let the symphony of flavors begin.
Step 5: Low and Slow Magic
Set your slow cooker on high for 2 hours, and then switch to low for about 4 hours. You'll know it's done when the meat easily falls apart at the gentlest touch of a fork. This is where the magic happens!
Step 6: Separate and Elevate
Remove the meat from the slow cooker and set it aside for a moment. Using a sieve, carefully separate the solids from the liquid, making sure to save the liquid. This step ensures that your sauce will be rich and velvety.
Step 7: Fat-Busting Finale
Allow the liquid to settle, and then gently remove the layer of oil and fat from the top using a spoon or a turkey baster. This is the secret to reducing the fat content while keeping all the flavor.
Step 8: Emulsify Enchantment
Return the liquid to the slow cooker and, using a hand blender, emulsify the mixture to your desired consistency. Taste and season with salt and pepper to elevate the flavors even further.
Step 9: Meat Reunion
Now, it's time for the grand reunion! Return the tender, flavorful meat to the pot and heat it through. Your Braised Short Ribs are ready to steal the spotlight!
Step 10: Serving Sensation
Serve this soul-warming dish with noodles, gnocchi, or creamy mashed potatoes. It's a sensation that deserves a standing ovation.
For a shortcut, you can skip browning the meat, and you'll still get fantastic results. To add an extra layer of flavor, consider including ¼ teaspoon of ground saffron to the liquid mixture when emulsifying it. It's a subtle touch that takes this dish to the next level.