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"Roast Beef, Medium, is not only a food. It is a philosophy. Seated at Life's Dining Table, with the menu of Morals before you, your eye wanders a bit over the entrées, the hors d'oeuvres, and the things à la, though you know that Roast Beef, Medium, is safe and sane, and sure."

Edna Ferber (1887-1968), U.S. author. Roast Beef, Medium, Foreword (1911)

I had never had short ribs until about a year ago. I had been missing out! The flavors in this recipe combined with the texture of the slow cooked short ribs is phenomenal. Please be aware this recipe takes quite some time to prepare but is worth the wait!

Preparation Time: 4 hours    Serving Size: 6

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4-6 pounds short ribs, English cut
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 rib celery, chopped
  • 12 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon herbes de Provence
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 cups Merlot
  • 1 3/4 cup beef stock
  • 1 can tomatoes in juice, diced (14 1/2 ounces)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 8 ounces baby carrots
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata olives, pitted
  • fresh parsley, chopped

Heat oven to 300° and position rack to accommodate the height of your Dutch oven. Heat oil in the Dutch oven over medium, medium-low heat. Season the short ribs with the salt and pepper on all six sides. In batches if necessary so as to not crowd the pan, brown ribs on all sides, about 8 minutes total per batch. Transfer to a plate.

Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of the rendered fat and add the onion, chopped carrot and celery. Lower heat to medium low and cook, stirring often, until vegetables soften, about 5 minutes. Add garlic cloves, herbes de Provence and flour. Stir for 1 minute. Pour in Merlot, raise heat and bring to a boil. Stir in the beef broth, tomatoes and bay leaf. Return the short ribs and any juices collected on the plate. Just barely cover the ribs with cold water and bring back to a boil.

Cover the pot and place in the heated 300° oven. Bake for at least 3 hours; cook until meat is falling off the bone, stirring occasionally. Add the baby carrots and cook 15 more minutes.

Remove pot from oven and transfer the ribs to a serving platter. Discard bones. Cover meat with aluminum foil and keep warm. Skim fat from the surface of the remaining liquid and discard the bay leaf. Bring to a boil over high heat and reduce to a sauce consistency, at least 10 minutes. Add the Kalamata olives and heat through, about 3 minutes. Adjust salt and pepper and serve sauce over the ribs. Garnish with fresh parsley.