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Braised Short Ribs with Creamy Parmesan Polenta

This is comfort food at its finest, tender short ribs rest on top of creamy, dreamy polenta…this is ultimate comfort food gone gourmet.

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This is comfort food.  This is fill your belly, warm your soul, take a nap, comfort food.  And clearly…no one does comfort food as fancy as the French.

As a culinary student majority of my education was based on French cuisine, food history and techniques.

I fell in love with French food the first time that I made tomato concasse. Literally tomato concasse is the process of removing the skin and seeds off of a tomato, and then slowly sweating it until it became a delicate tomato sauce with shallots, garlic and wine.  I walked up to the pot frequently and carefully, afraid to disrupt the subtle magic that was on going.  The smell of butter and shallots permeated my nostrils immediately and forever imprinted itself on my culinary mind.

My affair with French food had begun.  And it was going to be a long one.  One of those forever kind of affairs.  French food would become my mistress…the kind that I secretly went to when I was in need for some comforting buttery lovin’.

This is comfort food at its finest, tender short ribs rest on top of creamy, dreamy polenta...this is ultimate comfort food gone gourmet.

I fell in love with delicious roasts, simple stews and creamy soups. My French chefs always cooked with so much passion and love.  It was contagious. They say that doing what you love makes you happy, but watching people excel at doing what they love is true magic.

My chef’s did just that for me.  Watching their coordinated hands repeat moves that they had done for so many years before in tiny, romantic Parisian kitchens for sweet romantic people who probably ate for hours and never ran out of charming things to talk about.  Or at least that was how it replayed in my mind…and at that moment that’s all that mattered.

They taught us duck confit (duck slowly cooked in its own fat for a long period of time) and pomme frittes (delicious, delicate little shoestring fries) and beautiful hand made rustic apple tarts that we all silently inhaled.

This is comfort food at its finest, tender short ribs rest on top of creamy, dreamy polenta...this is ultimate comfort food gone gourmet.

Figure friendly it was not, but this was culinary school and my French chefs said that eating whole fat, buttery food was the way God meant for it to be eaten.  To say I was convinced would be a lie, however this was the one time in my life, I would not count any calories, nor think of any grams of carbs consumed or grams of fat for that matter.  French women were skinny.  I would fully invest in their diet and remain pleasant, happy and always full.

Despite how foofy we may thing French food is the best French food funny enough, was originally peasant food. For instance, seafood was peasant food at one time. People tried to use what was fresh and available to them and especially in the region of Provence, seafood was readily available.  Most of the time peasants did not get the favorable part of an animal and so they had to figure out ways to enjoy it and make it taste really good.

Alas, short ribs enter the picture. At one point short ribs were ridiculously cheap.  Few understood that a tough and typically disposable piece of meat would turn into heavenly, melt in your mouth, yums.

For home cooks it was too daunting and restaurant owners were not sure if their clientele was ready for this. It was not until the early 90’s that a chef by the name of Mario Batali started making fantastic braised short ribs and suddenly short ribs were the new prime rib.

This is comfort food at its finest, tender short ribs rest on top of creamy, dreamy polenta...this is ultimate comfort food gone gourmet.

THE TECHNIQUE

My beef short ribs are a classic combination of simple and bold flavors. I wanted to pair it with something that could absorb the sauce and polenta proved to be perfect for it. Believe it or not, polenta is actually eaten in Provence as well due to the proximity to Italy right across the Mediterranean.

Sooooo I have a confession… I bought 2 pounds of boneless beed short ribs and ACCIDENTALLY grabbed 3 pounds of regular beef ribs.  And I did not realize this until I came home and was about to create this.  But, nonetheless I have now learned this is also an excellent way to prepare beef ribs.  So there you go!

  • So first we heat up our ovens to 325-degrees.  If you want to use a crock pot for this…you will still sear and sweat all the veggies…and at the point that we put the pot in the oven, that will be the point that you will just cook it in a crock pot.  I have done it both ways, however I prefer the oven route, funny enough to me it seems like it requires less babysitting.
  • Warm up some oil in a heavy bottom pan.  You want to use a coconut, avocado or any other oil with a high smoke point.  Get it nice and hot.

FYI: I bought cast iron enamel dutch oven from Amazon and it is awesome!!! Just as good as the other French brand and a fifth of the price!

This is comfort food at its finest, tender short ribs rest on top of creamy, dreamy polenta...this is ultimate comfort food gone gourmet.

  • Season your short ribs really, really well with salt and pepper.  I always use Kosher salt.
  • This is comfort food at its finest, tender short ribs rest on top of creamy, dreamy polenta...this is ultimate comfort food gone gourmet.Place them in one layer in your pot and let them sear.  Don’t touch for 5 minutes.

This is comfort food at its finest, tender short ribs rest on top of creamy, dreamy polenta...this is ultimate comfort food gone gourmet.

  • In the mean time, dice up your onion and shallots.  Shallots are just so wonderfully French.  I have a pretty nifty tutorial on how to dice up an onion in case you forgot 🙂
  • This is comfort food at its finest, tender short ribs rest on top of creamy, dreamy polenta...this is ultimate comfort food gone gourmet. You will also want to dice up some carrots.  I am a carrot collector.

This is comfort food at its finest, tender short ribs rest on top of creamy, dreamy polenta...this is ultimate comfort food gone gourmet.

  • First slice them lengthwise after peeling.  Don’t pay attention to the weird shape of this carrot, my husband shaved it…for a salad.
  • This is comfort food at its finest, tender short ribs rest on top of creamy, dreamy polenta...this is ultimate comfort food gone gourmet.Then slice those into matchsticks.  Turn them over and dice them. Done!
  • This is comfort food at its finest, tender short ribs rest on top of creamy, dreamy polenta...this is ultimate comfort food gone gourmet.After 5 minutes are up, your meat will look like this.  And this is perfect.  Flip it to the other side and let it go for another 5 minutes.

 

This is comfort food at its finest, tender short ribs rest on top of creamy, dreamy polenta...this is ultimate comfort food gone gourmet.

  • Once all the meat is nicely browned, remove it on a plate and turn the heat down to medium.  See gorgeously browned.

 

This is comfort food at its finest, tender short ribs rest on top of creamy, dreamy polenta...this is ultimate comfort food gone gourmet.

  • Why do we brown them?  Well because due to the wonder of maillard reaction the proteins in the meat caramelize and those tiny pieces end up tasting super delicious.  Check your pot, if you have a lot of more oil than about 1 tbsp (accumulated from the meat) then pour it out.
  • Add your onions, shallots, garlic cloves and carrots to the pot and sweat for about 5-7 minutes until aromatic and soft.  Toss them in all those glorious pan drippings.  Season with salt and pepper.
  • This is comfort food at its finest, tender short ribs rest on top of creamy, dreamy polenta...this is ultimate comfort food gone gourmet.Turn up the heat and add in about 3 cups of a nice dry red wine.  Scrub the bottom as you do this.  Pick up all those nice bits that have caramelized from the bottom.This is comfort food at its finest, tender short ribs rest on top of creamy, dreamy polenta...this is ultimate comfort food gone gourmet.Nestle the short ribs back in and add in about 1 cup of chicken or beef stock…it really does not matter which honest.  You want the meat about 3/4 of the way.    Now go ahead and add in one sprig of rosemary.
  • This is comfort food at its finest, tender short ribs rest on top of creamy, dreamy polenta...this is ultimate comfort food gone gourmet.And a few sprigs of parsley.

This is comfort food at its finest, tender short ribs rest on top of creamy, dreamy polenta...this is ultimate comfort food gone gourmet.

  • Now just close the lid.  Place it in the oven and let it roll for 1 hour.  After the 1st hour, remove from the oven and turn the short ribs over to the other side.  Place back into the oven for another hour.
  • For the crock pot, let it cook on low for 4-5 hours.

This is comfort food at its finest, tender short ribs rest on top of creamy, dreamy polenta...this is ultimate comfort food gone gourmet.

  • If at any point your liquid boils out, pour some more stock in or water.  Check the meat after the next hour and ensure that it is fall apart tender.   By the end most of your liquids will have reduced significantly and you will have something that looks like this.  Well without the fresh parsley on top of course.

This is comfort food at its finest, tender short ribs rest on top of creamy, dreamy polenta...this is ultimate comfort food gone gourmet.

  • At this point you have 2 options.  You can place the pot in the fridge and let it cool over night so the fat can solidify and remove it then.  Or you can skim it with a ladel or as I did, with a spoon because I could not find my ladle.

This is comfort food at its finest, tender short ribs rest on top of creamy, dreamy polenta...this is ultimate comfort food gone gourmet.Now comes the fun part.  Making creamy polenta is my favorite part of this dish.  I LOVE POLENTA.  LOVE.

  • Start with 3 cups of water.  Bring to a boil.  Once it boils add 1 cup of polenta and stir.
  • This is comfort food at its finest, tender short ribs rest on top of creamy, dreamy polenta...this is ultimate comfort food gone gourmet.Stir for about 3 minutes, vigorously.  You want to remove all the lumps.  Then add in about 3/4 of a cup of half and half.

This is comfort food at its finest, tender short ribs rest on top of creamy, dreamy polenta...this is ultimate comfort food gone gourmet.

  • Stir in the half and half until it is super creamy.  Add in loads of freshly shredded Parmesan.

This is comfort food at its finest, tender short ribs rest on top of creamy, dreamy polenta...this is ultimate comfort food gone gourmet.

  • Plate the polenta.  Place a short rib with some sauce on top and have at it.

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Braised Short Ribs with Creamy Parmesan Polenta. girlandthekitchen.com

Braised Short Ribs with Creamy Parmesan Polenta


  • Author: Mila Furman
  • Total Time: 245 minutes
  • Yield: 6 ppl 1x

Description

This is comfort food at its finest, tender short ribs rest on top of creamy, dreamy polenta…this is ultimate comfort food gone gourmet.


Ingredients

Scale

For the short ribs:

  • 45 pounds short ribs
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 shallots
  • 2 large carrots
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 1 sprig of rosemary
  • 45 sprigs of parsley
  • 3 cups of good red wine
  • 1 cup of chicken or beef stock
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the polenta

  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 cup instant polenta
  • 3/4 cup half and half
  • 1/4 cup freshly shaved Parmesan

Instructions

  1. So first we heat up our ovens to 325-degrees. If you want to use a crock pot for this…you will still sear and sweat all the veggies…and at the point that we put the pot in the oven, that will be the point that you will just cook it in a crock pot. I have done it both ways, however I prefer the oven route, funny enough to me it seems like it requires less babysitting.
  2. Warm up some oil in a heavy bottom pan. You want to use a coconut, avocado or any other oil with a high smoke point. Get it nice and hot.
  3. Season your short ribs really, really well with salt and pepper. I always use Kosher salt.
  4. Place them in one layer in your pot and let them sear. Don’t touch for 5 minutes.
  5. In the mean time, dice up your onion and shallots. Shallots are just so wonderfully French. I have a pretty nifty tutorial on how to dice up an onion in case you forgot 🙂
  6. You will also want to dice up some carrots.
  7. After 5 minutes are up, your flip the meat to the other side and let it go for another 5 minutes.
  8. Once all the meat is nicely browned, remove it on a plate and turn the heat down to medium.
  9. Check your pot, if you have a lot of more oil than about 1 tbsp (accumulated from the meat) then pour it out.
  10. Add your onions, shallots, garlic cloves and carrots to the pot and sweat for about 5-7 minutes until aromatic and soft. Toss them in all those glorious pan drippings. Season with salt and pepper.
  11. Turn up the heat and add in about 3 cups of a nice dry red wine. Scrub the bottom as you do this. Pick up all those nice bits that have caramelized from the bottom.
  12. Nestle the short ribs back in and add in about 1 cup of chicken or beef stock…it really does not matter which honest. You want the meat about 3/4 of the way. Now go ahead and add in one sprig of rosemary and the parsley sprigs.
  13. Now just close the lid. Place it in the oven and let it roll for 1 hour. After the 1st hour, remove from the oven and turn the short ribs over to the other side. Place back into the oven for another hour.
  14. For the crock pot, let it cook on low for 4-5 hours.
  15. If at any point your liquid boils out, pour some more stock in or water. Check the meat after the next hour and ensure that it is fall apart tender. By the end most of your liquids will have reduced significantly and you will have something that looks like this. Well without the fresh parsley on top of course.
  16. At this point you have 2 options. You can place the pot in the fridge and let it cool over night so the fat can solidify and remove it then.

Polenta

  1. Start with 3 cups of water. Bring to a boil. Once it boils add 1 cup of polenta and stir.
  2. Stir for about 3 minutes, vigorously. You want to remove all the lumps. Then add in about 3/4 of a cup of half and half.
  3. Stir in the half and half until it is super creamy. Add in loads of freshly shredded Parmesan.
  4. Plate the polenta. Place a short rib with some sauce on top and have at it.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 240 minutes
  • Category: Main Entree
  • Cuisine: French

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34 Comments

  1. I am mesmerized by this!! it made me sad too because I can’t have some right now… but mostly mesmerized at how amazing and delicious this looks. I am adding this to my things I must make soon board so I don’t forget to try this! Your description of french food made me fall in love with french food too… 🙂

  2. You brought such an amazing looking dish to our party! Thank you. Pinned and tweeted. We feel honored that you take the time to stop by our party. I hope to see you on tonight at 7 pm. We love to party with you! Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

  3. Thank you for sharing your wonderful blog post on #PureBlogLove Link Party. I just wanted to personally drop by to say hello and thank you for taking the time to celebrate with us last Thursday night!
    Besos
    Heidy

  4. All I can say I’m comforted just reading the recipe with all those delicious ingredients. I’m glad you combined the cuisine of two wonderful countries into one recipe!! This really reminds me of Osso Buco — whatever you call it, it is a recipe to pin and make. Thank you Mila!

    1. Thank you Marisa!!! What a wonderful comment! I am all about combing cultures to create perfection 🙂 And yes this is very reminiscent of osso bucco isn’t it?

  5. I’m having, what I like to call, my ‘When Harry Met Sally Moment’. Yes, yes, yes!!! These is some serious comfort food indeed! Can you just come live with me so you can cook for me 😉 xo

  6. Hi Mila,

    This looks amazing!! I’m just curious…How many people will this amount of short ribs serve?

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