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Short Ribs Provencale With Creme Fraiche Mashed Potatoes

This sensational dish is best when made with meaty short ribs that are three to four inches long. Serve with a simple green salad and glasses of good Zinfandel.

Type: Meat
Courses: Main Course
Serves: 6 people

Recipe Ingredients

2 tablespoons 30mlOlive oil - or more if needed
6 lbs 2724g / 96ozMeaty beef short ribs
  Salt - to taste
  Freshly-ground black pepper - to taste
1   Onion - finely chopped (large)
1   Carrot - finely chopped (medium)
1   Celery stalk - finely chopped
12   Garlic cloves - peeled
2 tablespoons 30mlAll-purpose flour
1 tablespoon 15mlDried herbes de Provence, see * Note
2 cups 474mlRed Zinfandel
2 1/2 cups 592mlCanned beef broth
1   Diced tomatoes in juice - (14 1/2 oz)
1   Bay leaf
1/2 cup 118mlWater - more or less
24   Baby carrots - peeled
1/2 cup 118mlNiçois olives - pitted
  = (available at specialty foods stores,
  Italian markets, and some supermarkets)
3 tablespoons 45mlChopped fresh parsley
  Crème Fraîche Mashed Potatoes - (see recipe)

Recipe Instructions

* Note: A dried herb mixture available at specialty foods stores and in the spice section of some markets. A mix of dried thyme, basil, savory, and fennel seeds can be substituted.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in heavy large ovenproof pot over medium-high heat. Sprinkle ribs with salt and pepper. Working in batches, add ribs to pot and brown well, turning often, about 8 minutes per batch. Using tongs, transfer ribs to large bowl.

Pour off all but 2 tablespoons drippings from pot or add oil as necessary to measure 2 tablespoons. Add onion, chopped carrot, and celery and cook over medium-low heat until vegetables are soft, stirring frequently, about 10 minutes. Add garlic, flour, and herbes de Provence; stir 1 minute. Add wine and 2 cups broth; bring to boil over high heat, scraping up browned bits. Add tomatoes with juices and bay leaf. Return ribs and any accumulated juices to pot. If necessary, add enough water to pot to barely cover ribs. Bring to boil.

Cover pot tightly and transfer to oven. Bake until ribs are very tender, stirring occasionally, about 2 hours 15 minutes. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cool slightly, then refrigerate uncovered until cold. Cover and keep refrigerated. Bring to simmer before continuing.)

Add remaining 1/2 cup broth, peeled baby carrots, and Niçois olives to pot; press carrots gently to submerge. Cover, return to oven and continue cooking at 350 degrees until carrots are tender, about 15 minutes.

Discard bay leaf. Transfer short ribs and carrots to platter. Tent with foil to keep warm. If necessary, boil sauce to thicken slightly. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Pour sauce over short ribs. Sprinkle with parsley. Serve with Crème Fraîche Mashed Potatoes

This recipe yields 6 servings.

Bon Appetit, January 2002


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