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If you’re a meat lover, this braised beef short ribs recipe served over creamy Yukon gold mashed potatoes is the perfect fall-off-the-bone recipe!
For the longest time, this was hands down my favorite meal of all time. It was a sure guarantee that if a restaurant had it on the menu, I was going to order it.
There is just something about super flavorful meaty fall-off-the-bone braised short beef that is impossible to pass up.
Short ribs are most commonly served up over some creamy polenta or mashed potatoes but since I just recently made some classic veal Osso Bucco with gremolata over polenta, I went with mashed potatoes this time and it did not disappoint.
How to Sear Them
To me one of the most important parts to this is in the sear. It is vital that the ribs be perfectly golden brown on all sides before you add in your braising liquid.
If you didn’t sear them then you are pretty much just boiling meat, which is weird and just wrong.
To properly them you need a hot pan and of course some oil.
You want those ribs, or that t-bone or whole chicken to be perfectly golden brown every time? Of course, you do, so that starts with an oil that has a high smoking point.
So once the oil begins to lightly smoke, add in the seasoned meat, turn the heat down to medium and take the time to brown them on all sides.
Yes, I said all sides in case you missed it.
That caramelization on them enhances the flavor of it significantly so if you aren’t golden brown on them, wait and cook it until it is.
How to Braise Them
Braising is one of my favorite cooking methods because it allows you to get the best of both worlds. Delicious caramelized golden-brown food that is tender all the way to the core.
Before slow cookers were around, you braised things which are just as easy with the same amount of control. Don’t get me wrong I like slow cookers, but I’m also a bit of traditionalist when it comes to cooking.
Once those beef short ribs and vegetables are golden brown and coated in tomato paste you then want to deglaze with some red wine. The wine will provide a ton of body and flavor to this recipe and make it that much richer.
After the wine is added, add in some good beef stock, hopefully, you have some homemade lying around but if not it’s still all good. Now here comes the second most important part to this recipe, seasoning the braising liquid.
The braising liquid is what will further enhance and flavor your ribs so you have to season it well with salt and pepper so that when they are cooking it the liquid that penetrates it will be completely full-flavored.
This portion is so crucial so don’t forget it.
In addition to the salt and pepper, I usually finish off the braising liquid and the meat with some diced tomatoes, bay leaves, fresh thyme sprigs, and Italian parsley.
These things will also help add flavor to them and round it out a bit for balance. Add the top onto the pot, bring it down to a low simmer and cook for about 2 ½ to 3 hours for a delicious fall-off-the-bone braised beef short rib recipe!
How to Serve Them
There really is no trick here, just make sure to not over-boil them and then add in whatever you want to help make them creamy.
You can add in some butter, sour cream, heavy cream, cheese, you name it you can do it. I usually use a hand masher to mash the golden Yukon potatoes because I like them slightly chunky.
More Beef Recipes
If you love these then you will love these other beef recipes!
- Flank Steak Tacos Recipe
- Texas Style Chili with Slow Cooked Brisket
- Bistecca Alla Fiorentina
- Classic Lasagna Bolognese
- Short Ribs Ravioli
Braised Beef Short Ribs Recipe
For the Ribs:
- 2 pounds of beef short ribs
- 2 tablespoons of Thrive Algae Oil
- 2 small diced stalks of celery
- 2 peeled and small diced carrots
- 1 peeled and small diced yellow onion
- 3 smashed whole garlic cloves
- 2 tablespoons of tomato paste
- 1 cup of red wine, cabernet sauvignon or merlot
- 1 15- ounce can of diced tomatoes, strained
- 48 ounces of beef stock
- 10 fresh thyme sprigs
- 1 small bunch of fresh Italian parsley
- 1 bay leaf
- sea salt and pepper to taste
For the Mashed Potatoes:
- 3 pounds of peeled golden Yukon mashed potatoes, roughly cut
- 1 stick of unsalted butter
- ¼ cup of heavy whipping cream
- ½ cup of sour cream
- ½ cup of grated parmesan cheese
- sea salt to taste
- Ribs: Season the ribs on all side with salt and pepper. Set aside.
- Add the oil to a large braising pot over medium-high heat and once it begins to lightly smoke add in the short ribs and turn down the heat to medium. Brown the ribs on all sides, about 3 minutes per side.
- Next, remove the ribs and add the celery, carrots, onions and garlic to the pot and saute for 3 to 4 minutes.
- Next, stir in the tomato paste and cook for 3 to 4 minutes until it becomes a rusty color.
- Add the ribs back in the pot and deglaze with red wine.
- Pour in the beef stock, tomatoes, and add in the thyme, parsley, bay leaf and salt and pepper.
- Add the top to the pot and simmer over low heat for 2 ½ to 3 hours or until they fall off the bone. Keep warm.
- Mashed Potatoes: Add the potatoes to a large pot of boiling salted water and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until tender.
- Drain and add back to the pot and mash with a hand masher or blender along with the butter, heavy cream, sour cream, cheese and salt until combined and creamy.
- Serve the short ribs over top of the mashed potatoes.