Braised Beef Short Ribs With Spinach & Horseradish Cream

READY IN: 11hrs




  • Prepare short ribs:
  • Press peppercorns onto short ribs and put in a large roasting pan. Scatter thyme sprigs over ribs, then chill, covered, for 8 hours, or overnight. Remove thyme sprigs and reserve.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Sprinkle ribs with Kosher salt. Heat oil in a deep 12 inch heavy skillet over moderately high heat until it is hot but not smoking. Brown the ribs in two batches on all sides, transferring meat sides up to a roasting pan.
  • Add onion, clelery, and carrot to the skillet and saute, stirring and scraping up the brown bits in pan, until the vegetables are golden brown, about 8 minutes. Add white wine, Port, vinegar, bay leaf, parsley, and reserved thyme sprigs and boil until mixture is reduced to about 3/4 cup, about 20 minutes. Add stock and bring to a boil, then ladles over short ribs in roasting pan (liquid will come about halfway up ribs).
  • Cover the pan tightly with 2 layers of foil and braise short ribs in the middle ot oven until meat is tender and almost falling off the bone, 2 to 3 hours (depending on the size of the ribs). Uncover roasting pan and roast ribs until they are slightly browned, about 15 minutes more.
  • Remove from oven, then tent with foil and let stand for 10 minutes. Transfer ribs to a platter and keep warm, covered.
  • Pour liquid in roasting pan through a fine sieve into a bowl, then skim off the fat. (Liquid should measure 1 cups, but you may have more. If so, transfer liquid to a small saucepan and boil until reduced to 1 cup.)
  • Make potato puree while short ribs braise:
  • Cover unpeeled potatoes with salted cold water by 1 inch in a 6 to 8 quart saucepan. Simmer potatoes, uncovered, until tender, about 25 minutes. Drain in a colander and cool 15 minutes, then peel potatoes while they are still very warm. Heat milk and cream until warm in a large heavy saucepan over low heat, then force peeled potatoes through a potato ricer into the saucepan. Add butter a few pieces at a time, stirring until incorporated before adding next few pieces. Season the puree with salt and keep warm, covered.
  • Prepare spinach while ribs are standing:
  • Heat olive oil in clean 12 inch heavy skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then suate shallots, stirring, until golden, about 4 minutes. Add spinach and saute stirring, until just wilted, about 2 minutes. Season with salt.
  • Make horseradish cream:
  • Stir together creme fraiche and horseradish.
  • Serve each rib on potato puree with spinach, then drizzle with cooking liquid and top with a dollop of horseradish cream.
  • Cooks note: The ribs can be made one day ahead. Cool, uncovered, in roasting pan, then chill, covered. Reheat, covered, in a 350 F oven until heated through.