Red Wine Braised Short Ribs
- 4 pounds short ribs
- Salt and pepper
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 small onions, peeled, sliced
- 2 carrots, peeled and coarsely chopped
- 2 celery stalks, chopped
- 2 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled, sliced thinly
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
- 1 stalk lemongrass
- 1 ½ cups red wine, pinot noir
- 1 can diced tomatoes with juice
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
- 3 tablespoons tomato paste
- 3 cups beef stock
- 1 sprig fresh sage
- Preheat the oven to 350° F.
- Heat olive oil in 5-quart sauté or casserole pan over high heat.
- Lay the short ribs out on a clean work surface and season all sides with salt and pepper.
- When oil is almost smoking, add ribs and let sear on high heat, 5 minutes per side or until well browned. Use tongs to rotate the ribs.
- Once browned on all sides, remove ribs with tongs and place on a baking tray.
- Add onions, carrots, celery, ginger, and garlic to the same pan.
- Smash the lemongrass stalk with the back of knife, slice, and add to pan. Sauté vegetables for 2 minutes, or until softened.
- Over high heat, add red wine and scrape bottom of pan with wooden spoon as wine comes to a boil.
- Add tomato paste, diced tomatoes, brown sugar, parsley, beef stock and sage leaves to pan and bring to a simmer. Add ribs back into pan and cover with a tight-fitting lid.
- Place casserole in pre-heated oven for 1.5 hours. Remove cover and continue cooking for an additional 1 hour.
- When rib meat is very tender, remove ribs from oven, using tongs to place on baking tray. Cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.
- Pour the sauce through a fine-mesh strainer into a saucepan, removing all of the vegetables. Over medium low heat, simmer the sauce for 5 minutes until darker in color and thicker. Add the ribs to reheat.
- Serve ribs with sauce over polenta or other side dish of your choice.
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