By Chef Kate on February 28, 2006
Photo by Mme M
Photo by Mme M
""This is our Saturday-night plat du jour and, because its preparation involves the basics of French cooking, it’s also the first dish we teach young cooks: There’s the browning of the meat, the softening of the mirepoix, the reduction of wine, and the long braise in stock. It’s a forgiving dish that calls for patience rather than precision. It’s also the ideal meal to make ahead of time, as it benefits greatly from a night’s rest. Serve with Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Pan-Roasted Root Vegetables." From The Balthazar Cookbook by Keith McNally, Riad Nasr and Lee Hanson. As with all tough cuts of meat, short ribs are best when braised. A long and gentle simmer breaks down the abundant fat and connective tissue, rendering the ribs tender and velvety in texture. Veal stock adds its own inherent silky richness. Ask the butcher to cut the ribs across the rack, as opposed to along the bone, so there are 3 short bones in every piece."
Serving Size: 1 (270 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 4
"Delicious with fine restaurant quality deepness of flavor. My guests raved about this recipe. The recipe is so rich that 2 small (following cooking) short ribs per guest was very satisfying. I braised for 4 hours instead of 3. Since purchasing veal stock was so expensive, I used 1/2 veal and 1/2 beef. Making the day before and refrigerating allowed for time to remove the bones/membrane and skim the fat from the sauce. Definitely the best braised short ribs recipe I have made so far."
"Awesome! I made them the day before we had a wine tasting party and warmed up after removing the fat on top. They were hot and ready when we were and I didn't have to leave the party to cook. I will make again and again."
"Absolutely delicious! This was my first attempt at short ribs and they were fantastic. Definitely deserving of more than 5 stars. Thanks for posting!"
"The wine based braise is delicious -- very rich and flavorful. Note that the total amount of liquid is more than 10 cups. Add that to the space taken up by all those ribs and the vegetables and you really need a mega sized dutch oven. My #24 LeCrueset Dutch Oven (I think it's 4 1/2 quarts) wasn't big enough. I had neither homemade beef or veal stock. I substituted a good quality beef stock and made sure to use an outstanding red wine and ruby port. I'm sure the homemade beef stock would have put this recipe over the top, but even with the canned stuff it was mighty fine."
"OMG. This is too die for. I cooked it the day before and put it in the fridge overnight. It's easer to remove the fats the next day. Everybody liked it and I will make it again in the future. Thanks!!"
"Outstanding! This was fun to make; I enjoyed using the preparation method in this recipe in making the excellent sauce. The sauce was plentiful and the flavorful meat was super tender. Everyone at my table, young and old really tucked into it,saying "mmmmmmm" and "oh my God, this is SO gooood", and so forth! Great recipe, thanks!"