Fabulous comfort food that is a restaurant quality meal. The flavors are wonderful and the ribs are so incredibly tender, the meat falls right off the bone. The recipe calls for 4 short ribs, though the amount of the sauce is sufficient for 6-8 ribs.
- Heat large saute pan until smokey hot. Season both sides of ribs with salt and pepper, I use fresh ground pepper and sea salt. In 1 tbsp of olive oil, sear ribs on both sides for 1-2 minutes. Remove from pan and place in a large casserole dish. On medium heat, saute all vegetables, thyme and peppercorns for 5 minutes. Add tomato paste and stir until well combined, no lumps. Deglaze with red wine and let reduce for 5 minutes. Add beef stock and bring to a boil. Pour all sauce over the ribs, cover and braise in the oven at 325 for 3 hours.
- When finished, remove ribs and keep warm. Strain the vegetables from the sauce, reserving 3/4 cup, and return to the stove on medium high heat. Combine cold water and flour in equal parts, whisk into reserved sauce, then whisk this into the remaining sauce to slightly thicken. When done, plate the ribs and ladle sauce onto the ribs. I served this with garlic mashed potatoes and steamed baby carrots.