Beef Short Ribs OR Why Don’t I Have a Proper Dutch Oven?

14 Oct

Yesterday I decided I needed to make short ribs.  This may have something to do with the fact that I had boneless beef short ribs at a work function on Thursday night and I just needed to get a better fix.

Off we went to the grocery and also to Home Goods, where I picked out an amazing cast iron Dutch oven by Staub and immediately put it back because a) I can’t lift it with my bum shoulder and b) my pocketbook couldn’t lift the $180 (discounted!) price tag.  But it was beautiful.  I’m still coveting it.

Back to the recipe, which I made in my completely crappy, far-too-thin aluminum Dutch oven.  Did I mention that I need a proper Dutch oven?  I suppose you could do this in a slow cooker, but I have to say that I think the oven is more effective for this sort of thing.

Ingredients:

  • 12 beef short ribs
  • 1/4 cup flour, mixed with 1 T brown sugar, salt and pepper
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1/2 fennel bulb, core removed to be eaten while you cook, roughly chopped
  • 1 leek, cleaned and roughly chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 large shallot, diced
  • 1# package of baby-cut carrots
  • 6 stems of celery, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bottle red wine
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 2 fresh rosemary sprigs and 2 fresh thyme sprigs, tied with kitchen twine
  • 1 quart beef stock

Preheat oven to 300F.

Coat the short ribs with the flour and brown sugar mixture and brown in olive oil in the Dutch oven.  Reserve any remaining flour for later.  Remove from pan.

Add the vegetables and saute until softened.

Deglaze with entire bottle of red wine.

Add beef stock, tomato paste and herbs.

Cover and bake for 2 to 2 1/2 hours.

Place Dutch oven on stove top on medium heat.  Skim off fat.  Beat some of liquid into remaining flour and add slurry back to the pot.  Cook until slightly thickened.  Serve with some crusty bread, mashed potatoes or noodles of some sort and another bottle of wine.

Sigh deeply.

4 Responses to “Beef Short Ribs OR Why Don’t I Have a Proper Dutch Oven?”

  1. noodle21 October 14, 2012 at 6:04 pm #

    My mom gave me a Dutch Oven as a Christmas gift last year. I absolutely love mine! If you ever find one on sale you should definitely get one. I think I use mine every weekend!

    • Mrs. U. October 14, 2012 at 6:46 pm #

      I have one of poor quality, but I covet something really wonderful and heavy. I do love to cook homey, comfort foods in my Dutch oven on the weekends, too. Someday, I will invest in a great one…

  2. Kara October 14, 2012 at 8:16 pm #

    Next time you come to Jax, hit the Le Creuset outlet! This looks divine and I am adding it to my list of things to make in upcoming weekends. I too love love love homey comfort foods in my Le Creuset as well.

    • Mrs. U. October 14, 2012 at 8:48 pm #

      Ooh! Let’s go shopping!

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