Beet-Braised Short Ribs


Chef Erin French cooks her ultra-tender short ribs with beets, then serves them with buttery pureed parsnips, horseradish cream and pickled onions. Slideshow:  More Short Rib Recipes 

Beet-Braised Short Ribs
Photo: © Nicole Franzen
Active Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • Eight 10- to 12-ounce English-cut beef short ribs

  • Kosher salt

  • Pepper

  • 2 large red beets, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice

  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped

  • 4 large garlic cloves, chopped

  • 4 thyme sprigs

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 2 1/2 cups dry red wine

  • One 16-ounce can diced San Marzano tomatoes

  • 1/4 cup ice wine vinegar or white wine vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon pickling spices

  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced

  • 3 pounds parsnips, peeled and chopped into 1-inch pieces

  • 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons

  • 1 cup half-and-half

  • 1 cup crème fraîche

  • 2 tablespoon drained prepared horseradish


  1. Preheat the oven to 325°. In a large enameled cast-iron casserole, heat the olive oil until shimmering. Season the short ribs with salt and pepper. Cook half of the ribs over moderately high heat, turning occasionally, until browned, about 10 minutes; transfer to a plate. Repeat with the remaining short ribs. Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of fat from the casserole.

  2. Add the beets, yellow onion, garlic, thyme and bay leaves to the casserole. Season with salt and pepper and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are softened, about 10 minutes. Stir in the red wine, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the casserole. Return the ribs to the pot, add the tomatoes and bring to a simmer. Cover and braise in the oven for about 3 hours, until the ribs are very tender. Discard the thyme sprigs and bay leaves and skim off as much fat as possible from the sauce.

  3. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, bring the ice wine vinegar and pickling spices to a boil over high heat; add the red onion. Remove from the heat and let stand, tossing occasionally, until tender, about 30 minutes.

  4. In a large pot, cover the parsnips with 2 inches of cold water, season with salt and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer until tender, 15 to 20 minutes; drain and transfer to a food processor. Add the butter and pulse until coarsely pureed. With the machine on, drizzle in the half-and-half; puree until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.

  5. In a small bowl, whisk the crème fraîche with the horseradish and season with salt and pepper. To serve, spoon the parsnip puree into shallow bowls. Top with the short ribs, beets, horseradish cream and pickled onion and serve.

Make Ahead

The short ribs and parsnip puree can be refrigerated separately for up to 3 days. Reheat gently before serving.

Suggested Pairing

Pair these ribs with a bold Washington state red blend.

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