Braised Short Ribs with Pan Puree
I actually ended up with these by accident. I went into one of my favorite stores looking for wild caught seafood. I left with 11 lbs of bone-in short ribs which the kindly gentleman gave to me at a splendiferous sale-like price because I agreed to take all of his stock. I’m generous like that. I can haz all teh meatz? I had planned to make this batch – a hefty 6 lbs – as a make-ahead for later-eatin’ and it wasn’t until I was halfway through cooking them that I realized this is completely a viable and delicious Thanksgiving alternative to turkey. In fact, it’s way better than because you can cook your Thanksgiving meal AHEAD OF TIME. Like, the previous day! And then gently reheat it in the deliciously Paleo no-flour-containing pan sauce gravy. When your guests are devouring this insanely tender plate of awesome, they won’t even notice that there’s no flour and no ick in this creamy gravy wonder. For serious.
When I bought my short ribs, they were actually all attached still, 3 bones to a piece. So the first thing I did was trimmed off any large hunks o’ fat (leave enough, though!) and separated them out into a one bone per piece portion.
Next I dipped them in a smidgen of almond flour and seasoned liberally with black pepper. You can add salt if you so wish.
In batches, I seared each side gently – I wasn’t worried about getting too much color on them because of how I was going to braise them later.
Then I threw them in a pan, one layer deep, and set them aside. Actually, I had to use two pans because the only pans deep enough to contain the awesome (and the stock which I would add later) were rectangular baking pans. I used to use them for cakes. How the times have changed!
Next I sauteed my onions and carrots until they softened.
And added garlic, cooking until fragrant.
Then I nestled my veggie mixture around my short ribs and added three sprigs of fresh rosemary to each tray and a couple cups of beef stock.
I covered my trays with foil, pierced for steam to escape (because dutch ovens are for grown ups) and put them both into the oven at 325F. Low and slow, people! I left them mostly alone for 3 hours – I flipped them over once to make sure both sides had been in the stock. At this point they were nearly done, but they were lacking the color I wanted them to have. So I uncovered them and cooked each side of them for an additional 30 minutes – this was awesome because not only did it color the ribs nicely, but it also reduced my pan juices and stock down a little. Yay!
When the ribs came out they were tender enough that they barely required cutting. Look at the gorgeous color up there! I removed the woody rosemary sticks (don’t worry about the loose pieces floating around) and tipped the contents of the pans into my blender. Hit liquefy and this happens!
My puree turned out to be the perfect thickness, but the end result will ultimately depend on how much the beef releases its juices and fat – if your sauce is too thick, thin it out with a little more stock and if it’s too watery, reduce it down on the stove top until it reaches your desired consistency. If there is too much fat in the sauce, let it rise and skim it off. When you’re ready to eat, cover the ribs in the sauce and simmer gently to reheat. Ta da!