Braised beef short ribs is a classic comfort food. Short ribs are braised in herbs, broth and wine low and slow until falling-off-the-bone tender.
Meet my dream dinner.
Beef slowly cooked in wine, broth with bacon and leeks. Uh-yes. I would happily choose a scrumptious meal consisting of tender hunks of slowly cooked meat that’s sitting on a bed of creamy mashed potatoes and then cover in deep brown gravy over any other meal.
I’ve made this recipe a dozen of times and it’s very forgiving. You can substitute yellow onions for the leeks, pancetta for bacon and you can skip the wine and use strictly beef broth and it’s still delicious, every single time.
When I shot this recipe, it was the end of the day and I was chasing the light. My camera settings were all wonky. So hopefully you can look past all that and see the braised beef perfection because that’s exactly what it is.
Start by dicing up 4 strips of thick-cut applewood bacon into small pieces.
Add them to a Dutch oven and heat over medium heat…
…and cook until crispy.
Transfer the crispy bacon pieces to a paper towel lined plate and set off to the side and increase the heat under the bacon fat to medium-high.
Meanwhile, season all sides of the short ribs with salt and pepper.
Sear the short ribs in the reserved bacon fat. I’ll let you in on a little secret, the secret to any good stew, roast or braised short rib is to sear it really well, you’re looking for dark brown brown and crispy-crusty sides.
…until well browned on all sides.
Transfer the browned short ribs to a plate and set off to the side.
Drain off all but a couple tablespoons of the fat and add the leeks to the pot and cook for 2 to 3 minutes…
Add in the garlic and cook for 1 to 2 minutes.
Then sprinkle in the two tablespoons of flour…
…stir and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
Pour in the red wine…
Next, drop in the bay leaf…
… and rosemary.
Then nestle those short ribs right on in.
Cover, bring to a boil and slide into a preheated 350 degree oven for 2 hours. The short ribs should literally almost fall of the bone and be extremely fork tender. If they’re not those things then give them another 20 minutes in the oven before checking again. Repeat if necessary.
Serve short ribs on a pile of mashed potatoes and spoon the sauce over top. The short ribs will be fork tender, nearly falling off the bone and so extremely flavorful. The gravy is the ultimate.
Depending on how fatty your short ribs are, you may need to pour the sauce into a fat separator before serving, discarding the fat and adding the liquids and any bacon and leeks back in to the pot, brought to a boil and reduce for a few minutes while the short ribs hang out on a platter and under some foil.
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