May 13, 2014

Beer-Braised Short Ribs with Cornmeal Pancakes

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It's hard to resist belly-warming short ribs, especially when they're on top of sweet and crunchy cornmeal pancakes. These babies can be for breakfast OR dinner making them a total hit. You can nix the pancakes and opt for creamy mashed potatoes to turn this into a heartier, show-stopping main course (not that it isn't already!). 

Beer-Braised Short Ribs with Cornmeal Pancakes
Recipe from the cookbook "Breakfast for Dinner" by Love and Olive Oil
Serves 6
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Ingredients - Short Ribs:
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 lbs beef short ribs
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
  • 1 can beer, preferably a stout
    • I used MOA Imperial Stout because it was both on hand and is delicious
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Directions - Short Ribs:
Preheat the oven to 300f. Heat olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Pat ribs dry then add them to the pot and sear each side, turning every 45 seconds until evenly browned on all sides, about 7 minutes. Set aside. Pro Tip: Patting dry the ribs help brown them better for a more delicious sear. 
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Reduce the heat to medium and add the onion and jalapeno, cooking until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the beer and broth and cook for 1 minute, scraping the bits from the bottom of the Dutch oven. Stir in the brown sugar, tomato paste, honey, cinnamon, cumin, salt and pepper.
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Put the ribs back into the Dutch oven and bring the mixture to a simmer. 
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Cover it, put it in the oven, and bake for 2 1/2 hours, turning the ribs once halfway through the cooking time.
Beer-Braised Short Ribs with Cornmeal Pancakes | hardparade.blogspot.com
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Transfer cooked ribs to a plate until cool enough to handle and shred the meat, discarding the bones. 
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Transfer the liquid from the Dutch oven to a wide, shallow bowl and refrigerate until completely cool so the fat solidifies on the top and you can skim it off. (ew)
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Return the liquid to a saucepan, simmer over medium heat until thickened and reduced a bit, about 15 minutes. Add the shredded short rib meat and stir until evenly coated and heated through.
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While the liquid is simmering, thickening, and reducing, start making your cornmeal pancakes.
Ingredients - Cornmeal Pancakes:
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 2/3 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup fresh corn kernels, about 2 ears
  • Olive oil (for cooking)
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, diced (for garnish)
Directions - Cornmeal Pancakes: 
Whisk together flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Stir in the egg and milk until the dry ingredients are evenly moistened then fold in the corn kernels.
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Heat a little bit of olive oil in a large, nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Drop the batter into the skillet, spreading it into 3-inch rounds (do the best you can, I found this part a little difficult). Cook for 1-2 minutes per side or until golden brown.
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Transfer to a paper towel to drain the excess oil and repeat until all the batter is used up. To serve, top the pancakes with a scoop of short ribs and a bit of diced apple!
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Beer-Braised Short Ribs with Cornmeal Pancakes | hardparade.blogspot.com
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2 comments:

  1. Making this tonight.

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  2. aimée - disqus isn't workingOctober 30, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    YAY! let me know how they turn out :)

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