Short Ribs with Mushrooms and Spring Vegetables

To layer the flavors in this dish, chef Rory Herrmann at Bouchon in Beverly Hills marinates beef short ribs and vegetables in red wine overnight, then uses the marinade in the braise as well. Spring vegetables help lighten the rich stew. More Hearty Stews

Short Ribs with Mushrooms and Spring Vegetables
Photo: © Fredrika Stjärne
Active Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 15 mins



  • 1750 milliliter bottle dry red wine

  • 1 medium leek (white and pale green parts only, coarsely chopped)

  • 1 small onion (coarsely chopped)

  • 2 carrots (coarsely chopped)

  • 3 garlic cloves (smashed)

  • 10 parsley sprigs

  • 2 thyme sprigs

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 8 beef short ribs on the bone (about 1/2 pound each excess fat trimmed)

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • All-purpose flour (for dusting)

  • 2 cups chicken stock or low-sodium broth

  • 2 cups beef stock or low-sodium broth

Sauce and Vegetables

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • ½ pound shiitake mushrooms (stems discarded and caps sliced 1/4 inch thick)

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 large shallots (thinly sliced)

  • 2 teaspoons thyme leaves

  • 1 garlic clove (minced)

  • ½ cup dry red wine

  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley (plus more for garnish)

  • 20 red pearl onions

  • 4 medium turnips (cut into wedges)

  • 2 medium carrots (cut into -inch sticks)

  • 12 fingerling potatoes (scrubbed)


  1. In a large bowl, combine the wine with the leek, onion, carrots, garlic, parsley, thyme and bay leaves. Put the short ribs in 2 large resealable plastic bags and pour half of the marinade into each bag. Seal the bags, transfer them to a baking sheet and refrigerate overnight.

  2. Preheat the oven to 300°. Remove the short ribs from the marinade and pat dry with paper towels. Using a slotted spoon, remove the vegetables from the marinade.

  3. In a large skillet, heat the vegetable oil. Season the short ribs with salt and pepper and dust with flour, shaking off the excess. Add half of the ribs to the skillet and cook over moderately high heat until browned and crusty, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer the ribs to a large roasting pan. Repeat with the remaining ribs, lowering the heat if the ribs get too dark.

  4. Add the vegetables to the skillet and cook over moderately high heat until they start to brown, about 4 minutes; transfer to the roasting pan. Add the marinade to the skillet and bring to a boil, skimming the surface. Add the chicken and beef stock and bring to a boil, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the skillet. Pour the liquid over the ribs. Cover the pan with foil and braise the ribs in the oven for about 3 hours, until the meat is very tender.

  5. Remove the ribs from the roasting pan. Strain the braising liquid and skim off the fat. Discard the vegetables.

  6. In a medium saucepan, heat the oil. Add the shiitake mushrooms and season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook over moderate heat, stirring a few times, until browned, about 5 minutes. Add the shallots and thyme and cook until the shallots are softened, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the wine and boil over high heat until reduced to 3 tablespoons, about 2 minutes. Add the skimmed braising liquid and boil over moderately high heat for 5 minutes; season the sauce with salt and pepper. Stir in the 2 tablespoons of parsley.

  7. Preheat the oven to 350°. In a large saucepan of boiling salted water, cook the vegetables separately until tender: 3 minutes for the onions; 4 minutes for the turnips; 5 minutes for the carrots and 12 minutes for the potatoes. Trim and peel the onions. Slice the potatoes lengthwise.

  8. Remove the bones from the rib meat and return the meat to the roasting pan. Add the cooked vegetables and pour the sauce on top. Cover with foil and bake for about 15 minutes, until heated through. Serve the stew in shallow bowls, garnished with parsley.

Make Ahead

The braised short ribs can be refrigerated in the braising liquid with the mushrooms for up to 3 days. The blanched spring vegetables can be refrigerated separately from the short ribs overnight.

Suggested Pairing

The wine pairing: Tarlov's Once Bouchon Cuvée, an herb-scented, Bordeaux-style blend. Lang & Reed's brambly, sage-inflected North Coast Cabernet Franc would go equally well.

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