Stout-Braised Short Ribs

October 2010
Stout-Braised Short Ribs

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A classic dinner party is perfect for the ultimate main course, a stately (but not stuffy) recipe fit for a feast.

Makes: 8 servings

Prep: 33 mins

Cook: 3 hrs

Ingredients
  • 8 large bone-in beef short ribs (about 6 pounds)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 leeks, white and light green parts only, finely chopped and rinsed
  • 6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 12 ounce bottle  stout beer
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 pound carrots, halved lengthwise and cut crosswise 2 inches thick
  • 1/2 pound green beans, preferably haricots verts
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees . Rub the short ribs with the cumin and season with salt and pepper. In a large dutch oven, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat. Working in batches, add the short ribs and brown on all sides; transfer to a platter. Discard all but about 1 tablespoon of the fat from the pot.
  2. Lower the heat to medium, add the leeks and cook, stirring, until softened, about 7 minutes. Add the garlic and tomato paste and cook for 3 minutes. Add 2 cups water, the beer and thyme. Return the ribs to the pot, cover and cook in the oven, rotating every 30 minutes, until the meat is very tender, about 3 hours.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the carrots and green beans until crisp-tender, about 1 minute. Drain.
  4. In a large skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Add the vegetables and cook, tossing, until warmed through; season with salt and pepper. Serve with the short ribs.
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