Brazed Short Ribs with Mashed Potatoes

Brazed Short Ribs with Mashed Potatoes

Fall is for comfort food, at least that’s what I always want when days get shorter and nights colder. Chilies, pot roasts, stews, soups, and brazed ribs come to mind on a daily basis for me and today I decided to act on it.

I had frozen short beef ribs ready to be used for beet soup, but they were not destined to make it into that soup, because today brazed ribs were calling my name. I could just smell the meat with rich vegetables simmering in red wine and tomato sauce – mmmm.

In reality, making brazed ribs is very easy. It takes about 30 minutes to prepare and start the process and then you just leave the pot simmering for 2-3 hours on the stovetop or oven and forget about it. Towards the end of cooking it is time to make mashed potatoes, but those are very simple too. So let’s take a look:

Ingredients for brazed ribs:

  • 6-8 beef short ribs, preferably organic
  • 2 cups of organic vegetable or beef stock
  • 1 cup of red wine
  • 2 large organic carrots
  • 10 small organic tomatoes
  • 1 medium size organic sweet onion
  • 3-4 cloves of organic garlic
  • 3 organic celery stalks
  • 5-7 organic mushrooms
  • Salt and pepper
  • Bay leaves
  • Garlic powder
  • 2 small cans of organic tomato paste
  • 1 small can of organic tomato sauce
  • Olive oil for cooking

Ingredients for mashed potatoes:

  • 5 medium organic potatoes, peeled
  • 1 cup of warmed organic milk
  • 2 tablespoons of organic sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter
  • Salt

Brazed Short Ribs

Everything starts with short ribs.

Olivw Oil for Brazed Short Ribs

I cooked mine on the stove and didn’t use the oven, so no preheating was needed.

Greek Herbs for Brazed Short Ribs

I washed my ribs, seasoned them with my favorite universal seasoning mix, salt, and pepper, and placed them in the pot on medium high heat.

Salt for Brazed Short Ribs

The ribs should be browned good, 3-4 minutes on each side.

Garlic Powder for Brazed Short Ribs

I coated the pot with oil to make sure the ribs don’t burn and stick to the bottom.

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While the ribs were browning,

Chop Vegetables

I had time to chop my onion, cube celery and carrots, cut mushrooms, and mince garlic.

Mince Garlic

All the vegetables can be mixed together, including small tomatoes.

Add tomatoes

I had some tomatoes that were getting old and wrinkly, so this was perfect use for them.

Ribs Browned on all sides

Once the ribs were browned on all sides, I took them out of the pot and placed them in a separate bowl.

Small Tomatoes

I put vegetable mix in the pot where ribs came from.

Cooking Vegetables

I seasoned the vegetables and cooked them until soft, stirring frequently.

Cook vegetables

After they were done cooking, in about 10 minutes, I added the ribs back on top of vegetables.

Add the Ribs

Then it was time for two cups of whatever stock you are using – I had vegetable stock left over from the last time, so I used that.

Vegetable Stock

A cup of red wine went in next.

Cup of Red Wine

I also put a can of tomato paste and another can of tomato sauce.

Tomato Paste

I stirred everything together, added bay leaves, dried thyme, reduced the heat, and covered the pot.

Stirred everything together

While the brazed ribs were cooking for 2.5 hours, the house smelled so good, that my mouth was watering the entire time. Our dog had an even harder time not to drool all over the place.

Ribs Recipe

One advice I can give you is to not forget the ribs completely and check on them periodically. If you see that the liquid is getting dangerously low, you can always add some water or a bit more stock. I didn’t need to anything.

Peeled my Potatoes

An hour before ribs were going to be done, I peeled my potatoes and placed them in pot with salty water. After they started boiling, I reduced the heat and let them boil until soft.

Potatoes in pot with salty water

Next step was to pour the water out, dry potatoes for a few seconds back on the heat, add butter, sour cream, milk, and puree them with a hand held mixer.

Add Butter and Sour Cream

Using the mixer guarantees that potatoes will be creamy and without any lumps. They come out perfect every time!

Using the Mixer for Potatoes

When ribs are done cooking for 2.5 hours, turn off the heat and you are ready to serve.

Brazed Short Ribs Cooking

Organize mashed potatoes and brazed ribs on the plate, add vegetables and wine sauce from the pot, garnish with something green, and serve them hot. It’s so good you will be licking your fingers!

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