Braised Beef Short Ribs with Gremolata is an amazingly flavorful, aromatic main course that pairs perfectly with soft, subtle vegetables, mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes. Simply astounding taste in every bite.

Braised Short Ribs with Gremolata

Braised Beef Short Ribs with Gremolata
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Gremolata adds an unmistakable aromatic flavor to any dish and enhances its flavor incredibly.
Recipe type: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6
  • 6 pounds beef short ribs (to 7 pounds); cut 2" thick
  • salt, to taste
  • freshly-ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3 large onions; roughly chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 leeks, white and pale green parts only; roughly chopped
  • 1 carrot; peeled, and roughly chopped
  • 2 plum tomatoes; roughly chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic; smashed
  • 6 sprigs thyme
  • 8 sprigs parsley
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 1/2 Cups red wine
  • 3 Cups hot beef stock (to 5 Cups)
  • 1/4 Cup chopped parsley
  • zest of 1/2 lemon; minced
  • 1 large garlic clove; minced
  1. For the ribs: Cut ribs into smaller pieces, roughly square, so each piece includes a bone. Trim excess fat if necessary.
  2. Season generously with salt and pepper and refrigerate 4 to 6 hours, or overnight.
  3. Arrange ribs bone-side down in roasting pan and roast at 475 degrees until lightly browned, about 20 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, saute onions in olive oil in large skillet over medium heat until lightly colored, 6 to 7 minutes. Add leeks and carrot and cook until slightly softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Add tomatoes, garlic, thyme, parsley and bay leaves and saute 2 minutes more.
  5. Spread vegetables in roasting pan large enough to hold ribs. Arrange ribs on top of vegetables, bone-side up. Add wine and enough hot stock to barely cover ribs. Cover pan tightly with foil and place in oven. When braise begins to simmer, after about 20 minutes, loosen foil and reduce heat to 350 degrees.
  6. Begin to test for doneness after 1 1/2 hours. A skewer or paring knife inserted into meat should encounter no resistance, and meat should be nearly falling from bone. When they are tender, uncover ribs and turn them again so that bone side is down. Pour off and reserve braising juices.
  7. Raise heat to 450 degrees and return ribs to oven for a final browning.
  8. When they are beautifully glazed, after about 10 minutes, remove from oven. Strain braising liquid into bowl, pressing down on solids to extract juices. Allow liquid to settle, then spoon out grease. Pour liquid back over ribs and reheat if serving immediately, or cool, refrigerate and serve next day with Gremolata.
  9. For the gremolata: Just before serving, mix parsley, zest and garlic and scatter over short ribs. (These ingredients should be prepared at the last minute.)
Alice Waters writes that many cooks in the cafe say this is their favorite dish. Short ribs make the most succulent of all braises because they have extraordinary flavor and the perfect ratio of fat-to-lean marbling. In the fall and winter, the restaurant serves them with hand-cut herb noodles or soft polenta and roasted root vegetables. The gremolata -- the classic mixture of parsley, lemon zest and garlic -- plays the perfect counterpoint.

NOTES: Recipe from "Chez Panisse Cafe Cookbook" by Alice Waters (HarperCollins, $34)

This recipe yields 6 servings.

Each serving: 534 calories; 532 mg sodium; 130 mg cholesterol; 27 grams fat; 15 grams carbohydrates; 47 grams protein; 1.21 grams fiber.

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