If you have been searching for the best Braised Short Ribs recipe – you’ve found it. These Braised Short Ribs with Fingerlings, Bacon and Pearl Onions are, hands down, the BEST short ribs I’ve ever had!!
I’ve been searching for years and I finally found it… the holy grail.
Not the “real” holy grail of course – but in the world of cooking and entertaining, these provide their own version of salvation.
The perfect winter entertaining dish. It does exist, these Braised Short Ribs with Fingerlings, Bacon and Pearl Onions.
And this weekend I just made them again, proving to myself this was no fluke.
I hope, after reading this blog you know that I don’t say those things lightly. When it comes to food, I have a hard time terming anything “the best” – I am pretty much an “equal opportunity eater”. I generally like all (ok, not ALL but most!) variations of dishes. But in this case, these braised short ribs are so far above any other recipe for short ribs I’ve made (and I have made a lot!) that I think they deserve the title. These are tender and meaty and covered in a luscious sauce surrounded with fingerling potatoes, mushrooms and pearl onions. Oh, and did I mention that bacon is also involved and um… a bottle and half of wine?
Five Reasons why these Braised Short Ribs are the best for parties!
- You really should make them a day ahead.
- They are easy to eat – no bones to have to cut around!
- You can get all the ingredients in a well stocked grocery store. Amen.
- They are rich and indulgent.
- And because they’re rich and luscious, everything else you serve as part of the meal (appetizer, salad, dessert) should be simple.
So, what do you serve with these Braised Short Ribs?
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Braised Short Ribs with Fingerlings, Bacon and Pearl Onions
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- 4 pounds boneless beef short ribs
- 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 medium onion diced
- 3 shallots diced
- 10 garlic cloves peeled and chopped
- 3 large tomatoes cored and roughly chopped
- 3 stalks celery sliced into 1/4 inch pieces
- 1/4 cup tomato paste
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 cups sauvignon blanc
- 1 750 ml bottle cabernet sauvignon
- 2 quarts low salt beef stock
- 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
- 10 oz. fingerling potatoes
- 4 oz. bacon cut into 1/4 inch crosswise strips
- 6 oz. pearl or cippoline onions
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 Tablespoon butter
- 6 oz. wild or cremini mushrooms
- 1 bunch fresh thyme optional
- truffle oil optional
- Pre heat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Pat beef dry and season lightly with pepper. Don't salt the beef since both the bacon and stock have salt!
- Heat 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil in a heavy bottomed 8 quart dutch oven over medium high heat.
- Sear the meat, in batches until deeply browned on both sides.
- Remove beef and set aside on a rimmed baking sheet.
- Add onions and shallots to the pot and cook until vegetables are lightly brown.
- Add garlic - do not brown garlic - reduce heat if necessary.
- Stir in tomatoes, celery, tomato paste and bay leaf.
- Cook for 1 -2 minutes, stirring constantly.
- Add the white wine and red wine, scraping the bottom of the pan to get all the browned bits.
- Add the stock and the soy sauce and stir to combine.
- Add meat and accumulated juices back into the pot and bring to a simmer.
- Place in the 400 degree oven, uncovered, for 1 hour.
- While beef is cooking, place bacon on a sheet pan.
- Place in the oven until the fat has rendered, about 5 to 10 minutes.
- Add the sliced fingerlings, pearl or cippoline onions and toss in the bacon fat.
- Return the sheet pan to the oven and cook for approximately 5 - 10 minutes until the bacon, potatoes and onions are nicely browned.
- In a medium sized skillet heat the 1 Tablespoon butter over medium high heat.
- Add the mushrooms and saute until the mushrooms are nicely browned.
- After 1 hour, reduce the heat to 350 degrees and cover the pot.
- Cook for an additional 1 1/2 hours.
- Remove the ribs from the oven.
- Remove the meat and vegetables and degrease the sauce as necessary.
- Bring the sauce to a boil and reduce to approximately 3 cups.
- Return the meat the the pan and add the bacon, onions and potatoes to the pot.
- Taste and adjust the seasonings.
- To serve, spoon the sauce over the meat and vegetables in large, shallow bowls and top with the mushrooms.
- Drizzle with truffle oil if desired and garnish with fresh thyme.