Braised bones

Makes 6 - 8 Servings
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  • 3 pounds (1.35 kg) bone-in beef short ribs, cut crosswise into 2-inch (5.08 cm) pieces*
  • 3 pounds (1.35 kg) of bone-in beef long ribs, individually cut
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons (45 ml) olive oil
  • 3 medium onions, chopped
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons (45 ml) all-purpose flour
  • 1 750 ml bottle dry red wine (preferably Cabernet Sauvignon)
  • 10 sprigs flat-leaf parsley
  • 8 sprigs thyme
  • 4 sprigs oregano
  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • 2  bay leaves
  • 5 cloves of garlic, halved and smashed
  • 4 cups (950 ml) low-salt beef stock
  • 10 sprigs of Italian parsley, chopped


Preheat oven to 350°F/176.6°C.

Season ribs with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high. Working in batches, brown ribs on all sides, about 8 minutes per batch. Transfer ribs to a plate. Pour off all but 3 tablespoons (45 ml) of drippings from pot.

Add onions, carrots, and celery to pot and cook over medium heat, stirring often, until onions are browned, about 5 minutes. Add flour and cook, stirring constantly, until well coated and browned, 2-3 minutes. Stir in wine, then add the ribs with any accumulated juices. Bring to a boil, lower heat to medium and simmer until wine is reduced by half, about 25 minutes. Add all herbs to pot along with garlic. Stir in  beef stock. Bring to a boil, cover, and transfer to oven. Cook until  ribs are tender and meat is starting to fall off the bone, about 2–2½ hours.

Transfer ribs to a platter. Strain sauce from pot into a measuring cup. Spoon fat from surface of sauce and discard; season sauce to taste with salt and pepper.

Place a generous dollop of mashed potatoes in the centre of a plate.  Put a long bone onto top of the mash and place the short rib beside it.  Pour the sauce over top of the ribs.

Garnish with fresh parsley.

*For a meatier version, leave out long ribs and use 6 lbs. (2.7 kg) of short ribs.


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