Braised in red wine and stock and then finished with cream, these peppercorn short ribs are deliciously rich and perfect f...
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I made this Saturday for some friends. All the flavors come together so well. I even made my own pasta, cut into pappardelle. The only thing I had an issue with were the short ribs I had to buy. There was nothing consistent; I really need to find a butcher. Anyway, everyone was really happy with the dinner, thank you!
This is incredible. I can't get over how awesome the results are and how easy it is to pull off an incredible braised dish. I served this with rosemary and garlic infused mashed potatoes, sautéed purple, yellow, and orange carrots from the farmer's market, and braised pearl onions.
This was my second meal that I cooked from Rouxbe and it was heavenly. My husband is still talking about it and it has been a few weeks so--I'll be braising some shortribs again this week for my brother's birthday :) Last time I served this with a parsnip puree (the sweetness was an awesome balance to the dish) and some roasted asparagus. Awesome!
There are so many things I "did" wrong with this dish it should have ended up in the trash!
I cannot stand the flavor and smell of "crock-pot" (now known to me as mirepoix) braised or stewed stuff. (can't really call it food)
Suffice it to say, before I "finished" the sauce it smelled as disgusting to me as the many "stews" my mom attempted and I tried in the "fail-safe" crock pot.
But then after reducing the sauce, (which I now know I should have done much longer--but hey! good enough!) like magic it turned into something I never dreamed possible.
The aroma, taste, texture, changed. I still cannot fathom how something so nasty smelling/tasting could change into what seems like the essence of angel wings. They were literally singing on my palate.
I did about everything you can do wrong with this dish. All I could think of was what was I going to throw together for my family after they tried this monstrosity and wondered where their real dinner was.
...but when my 12-year-old said "OMG! This is fantastic!!!" I nearly fell out of my chair. I mean, I knew how good this was, but to please that little runt's taste buds is a miracle.
Love you Rouxbe!!!!!
it says "30 hours" but i only count about 5 in total. Is my math bad or are we also counting the making of the chicken stock? Even then i have a hard time getting to 30 hours.
Also if I am making the dish the day before do I blend the mirepoux into the braiseing liquid, finish the sauce and then cool OR do I cool the meat and and liquid then reheat then blend and finish the sauce?
The total time is taking into consideration the fact that this dish is best made the day before. That being said it can be made in less time but these types of dishes are just so darn good if made the day before :-)
The mirepoix in this particular recipe is not blended until just before the sauce is finished; however you could finish it beforehand.
If you have not watched it already you may find it helpful to watch the topic from the braising lesson called "Finishing the Sauce for Braising".
Good luck and enjoy!
The ribs were in for close to 3 1/2 hours at 200 F (about 4 lbs worth) and they definitely didn't fall of the bone. Overall, they were edible, but much tougher that I expected. Is it just a matter of giving it additional time? or did I go wrong somewhere else?
Steps 1 through 5 can be done ahead. By allowing the ribs to cool in the braising liquid along with the mirepoix lets the flavors infuse.
On serving day, once the fat has been removed from the surface, the ribs and mirepoix are placed in the oven until warmed through. You then remove the ribs from the liquid/mirepoix and keep them warm while you make the sauce as instructed in Step 6. The hot braising liquid is blended with the hot mirepoix that has just been reheated. Hope this makes sense. Let us know if you have any other questions. Cheers!
Great to hear that you found this helpful. For much more information (the skill and technique behind the recipe) you should check out the lessons in the cooking school under Moist Heat Cooking. In particular, you might want to watch the lesson on Braising. Cheers!
I planned to braise this dish for two to three hours according to the recipe, but it wasn't tender yet. I was able to braise it for about 5 1/2 hours yesterday and then it took another hour today to become tender. Are there certain factors that make braises take considerably longer? My pot may have been a bit overlarge. I have a wonderful 9 quart Le Creuset enameled cast iron pot that I like to use for large pot roasts. The ribs and liquid only filled half of it. Am I doing something wrong, or is this just part of braising? Also, I ended up with a lot of leftover sauce. I put the sauce in the freezer to potentially use for another braise or maybe a soup. What are your suggestions for using up leftover braising sauce? I hate to waste good food. The meal itself was fabulous!
The cooking times for braising (and any other combination cooking methods) will depend on what temperature the dish was cooked at and the size of the meat. The cooking times in recipes are just merely guidelines, so you did nothing wrong. For more in depth information review the lessons on "Combination Cooking Fundamentals" and "Braising", as we go into quite a bit more detail regarding all of this.
As for the amount of sauce, depending on the size of meat used and your pot perhaps you might have added a bit too much liquid. But for sure it can be used with other dishes. I have saved leftover sauce and poured over pan fried meats and mashed potatoes...but it's up to you really. It's just yummy sauce :-) Cheers!
I reviewed the lessons on combination cooking and I have been adding too much liquid. I think, since braising takes as long as it takes, I just have to change my meal planning to do the braising ahead of time so I'll know I can get dinner on the table. I froze my extra sauce, and plan to use it for another braise this weekend or next.
We made this over the weekend and were very happy with the results. A problem though, is our oven has a lowest setting of 275 degrees. We watched the braising lesson, and observed that the liquid should not be allowed to boil lest the fat emulsify into the dish (I believe that is what the lesson said) and the ribs become tough, Needless to say, our dish was boiling away when checked - any alternatives come to mind - stovetop perhaps?
Also, the recipe for the Ancho Cil Short Ribs ribs calls for braising at 350 degrees for 2 - 2 1/2 hours - would you please explain the difference between the cooking temperatures for the same cooking method and same cut of beef?
While "slow and low" at temperatures around 200F are ideal for combination cooking methods, it is okay if this temperature is higher. What is important it to understand the affect that the temperature has on the dish. Slower cooking produces very succulent results, allows flavors to infuse into each other longer and keeps the myoglobin pigment in the meat (which makes it look nicer). If one is short on time, decent results can still be produced at higher temperatures - it's all about being flexible and understanding what is happening to the meat/dish. This is why some practice recipes show a range of cooking temperatures. Once you have the knowledge, it is up to you at what you want to cook it at.
The surround heat from the oven is better than keeping the braise on the stove top where the heat is directly underneath. You could monitor the heat by opening up the oven every hour or so for a few minutes to release some of the heat...but braises do not need to be this much work. Alternatively, you could place the braise into a slow cooker which will keep the temperature low. By the sounds of it, you were very pleased with the results and that is what is most important, so don't get too hung up on the temperatures. Cheers!
I am a newbie here and this is one of the first recipes I have tried. It's a lot of work but I persevered thinking about the outcome. I don't think I cooked the short ribs long enough in the oven at 200* since they were extremely tender but, nonetheless, these were delicious! These tasted as if we ordered them from a restaurant! Well worth the work and the 2 days I took to create this meal. I paired it with creamy garlic mashed potatoes (the mashed potatoes recipe from here where you steam the potatoes - BEST EVER).
Next time I am doubling the recipe because I had no leftovers! :)
Having tried this recipe twice now, I'd say the recipe should call for 5+hrs of braising at 200F.
I realize the time is just a guideline, but I think it will give people a better guide to how much total time they need to dedicate to it. Overall, they turned out great, but slow and low, needs to emphasize the slow a bit more. :)
I made this recipe with boneless venison shanks. I made a few mistakes along the way...I should have watched the video again before I did it. That said, I had them for dinner last night and they were great! The venison took about 8 hours to braise, and I probably could have left them in for another hour or so--not sure if that cooking time is due to differences between venison and beef or not. I cooled them in the fridge like directed, but there was no fat at all. The sauce was delicious. My husband is going to leave the bone in next time he butchers, so I'll try it with that too.
Braising does take time, but it's not super hands on which is nice. It's a labor of love :-) Glad you enjoyed the results.
You may also want to check out the lesson in the Combination Cooking Fundamentals regarding cooking times and why slower and lower is generally preferred (but it does take longer). Actually all of the lessons in the Moist-Heat Section will provide you with better insight into this type of cooking. Cheers!