Red Wine Braised Short Ribs with Creamy Polenta

Seared short ribs, red wine, shallots, garlic, and herbs bubbling away on the stovetop fills your entire home with the most incredible smell and warmth. Cooking this recipe gives me cabin-in-the-middle-of-the-woods-during-the-dead-of-winter vibes that I am 100% down for. Once the red wine reduces down for three and a half hours, the short ribs become fall-off-the-bone tender and jam-packed with flavor. Served on top of the creamy polenta, you have yourself a hearty meal to get you through the frigid winter!


Red Wine Braised Short Ribs with Creamy Polenta

WHAT YOU’LL NEED
 

For the Short Ribs

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable
  • 3 pounds bone-in beef short ribs 3-inches long
  • 10 shallots peeled
  • 6 large garlic cloves peeled and crushed
  • ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 750-ml bottle dry red wine
  • 6 small bay leaves
  • 4 large sprigs thyme
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste

For the Polenta

  • 4 cups stock or alternative milk
  • 1 cup polenta
  • 3 tablespoons vegan butter
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • In a large Dutch oven on medium high heat, add the oil. Season the beef ribs with salt, and sear on each side until golden brown, 4-5 minutes per side. Be sure to work in batches and not crowd the pan. Once seared, transfer the short ribs onto a plate and repeat until all have been seared.
  • Reduce the heat to medium and add the shallots and garlic. Stirring frequently, cook until the shallots are lightly golden, 2-3 minutes. Sprinkle the flour over the aromatics and stir to combine. Cook until the flour is a hazelnut color and smells nutty, about 3 minutes. Be sure to continuously stir the shallots and garlic to ensure the flour does not burn.
  • Once the flour has cooked, add the red wine, bay leaves and thyme. Bring to a boil and gently scrape the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon, then reduce to a simmer. Add the short ribs and any juices back to the Dutch oven and cook until the short ribs are fork tender and the bone becomes more visible, 3-3 1/2 hours. Stir every 30 minutes to ensure nothing sticks to the bottom. Remove from the heat and cover with a lid. Set aside.
  • For the polenta, add the stock or milk to a medium saucepan on high heat. Bring to a boil and then gradually sprinkle the polenta over the liquid, whisking constantly to fully incorporate. Reduce to a simmer and cook until the polenta is soft and 25-30 minutes, whisking every minute or so, to ensure the polenta does not stick to the bottom. Remove from the heat and stir in the vegan butter. Taste and season with salt and pepper, as needed. The polenta will cool as it thickens.
  • For serving, add the polenta to the bottom of a bowl and top with short ribs and shallots. Spoon sauce over the top and enjoy!
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