Braised Beef Short Ribs with Six Spices
- ACTIVE: 30 MIN
- TOTAL TIME: 3 HRS
- SERVINGS: 4
- 1 tablespoon dried porcini mushrooms
- 1 1/2 teaspoons black peppercorns
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
- 1 1/2 teaspoons powdered ginger
- 1 1/2 teaspoons smoked sweet paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 5 pounds flanken-style beef short ribs, 1 inch thick, boned and trimmed of excess fat
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
- 1 large carrot, thinly sliced
- 2 inner celery ribs, thinly sliced
- 2 garlic cloves, thickly sliced
- 2 cups dry red wine
- 2 cups beef stock or low-sodium broth
- 1/4 cup sugar
- Preheat the oven to 300°. In a spice grinder, pulse the porcini, peppercorns and salt to a fine powder. Add the coriander, ginger, paprika and cloves and pulse to combine. Rub the spice blend all over the beef short ribs.
- Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the short ribs and cook over moderate heat, turning, until lightly browned all over, about 12 minutes; don't let the spices burn.
- Scatter the onion, carrot, celery and garlic in a medium roasting pan. Set the short ribs on top, cover tightly with foil and roast for about 2 1/2 hours, until tender.
- Meanwhile, pour off the fat in the skillet and return it to high heat. Add the wine, stock and sugar and bring to a boil, scraping up any bits from the bottom of the pan. Simmer over moderately high heat until reduced to 1 cup, about 15 minutes. Transfer the glaze to a heatproof cup.
- Preheat the broiler. Transfer the short ribs to a plate and pour the pan juices and vegetables into a bowl. Skim off all of the fat. Transfer the pan juices and vegetables to a blender. Add 1/2 cup of the glaze and puree the pan sauce until very smooth.
- Return the short ribs to the roasting pan and brush with 1/4 cup of the glaze. Broil 8 inches from the heat for about 3 minutes, until caramelized and sizzling. Turn the ribs and repeat the process with the remaining 1/4 cup of glaze. Serve the ribs with the pan sauce.
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