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Beer-Braised Short Ribs (Costolette di Manzo Brasate alla Birra)

2 hours 40 minutes 35 minutes active time

Beer-Braised Short Ribs (Costolette di Manzo Brasate alla Birra)

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The bones in the short ribs add great flavor to this dish; however, you could also make it with big chunks of beef chuck. If you do, reduce the initial cooking time of the meat by about half. The pestata of almonds and porcini does double duty here, adding a rich earthiness to the sauce and helping to thicken it without flour. As much as I enjoy Italian wine with my meals, since this recipe contains beer, here I would accompany it with one of the good artisanal beers coming out of Italy. From Lidia’s a Pot, a Pan, and a Bowl by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich and Tanya Bastianich Manuali. Copyright © 2021 by Tutti a Tavola, LLC. Excerpted by permission of Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

6

Servings

2 hours 40 minutes

35 minutes active time

1/4 cup dried porcini
1 cup slivered almonds, toasted
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 pounds bone-in beef short ribs
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
3 large carrots, cut into 1-inch chunks
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
2 fresh bay leaves
12 ounces dark ale
6 cups chicken stock, preferably homemade or low-sodium store-bought
3 medium onions, cut into 1-inch chunks
1 pound small red potatoes, halved
2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley
Ingredients
  • ¼

    cup dried porcini

  • 1

    cup slivered almonds, toasted

  • 3
  • 4

    pounds bone-in beef short ribs

  • Kosher salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 3

    large carrots, cut into 1-inch chunks

  • 2

    tablespoons tomato paste

  • 1

    tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves

  • 2

    fresh bay leaves

  • 12

    ounces dark ale

  • 6

    cups chicken stock, preferably homemade or low-sodium store-bought

  • 3

    medium onions, cut into 1-inch chunks

  • 1

    pound small red potatoes, halved

  • 2

    tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley

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6

Servings

2 hours 40 minutes

35 minutes active time

Ingredients
  • ¼

    cup dried porcini

  • 1

    cup slivered almonds, toasted

  • 3
  • 4

    pounds bone-in beef short ribs

  • Kosher salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 3

    large carrots, cut into 1-inch chunks

  • 2

    tablespoons tomato paste

  • 1

    tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves

  • 2

    fresh bay leaves

  • 12

    ounces dark ale

  • 6

    cups chicken stock, preferably homemade or low-sodium store-bought

  • 3

    medium onions, cut into 1-inch chunks

  • 1

    pound small red potatoes, halved

  • 2

    tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley

Step 1 of 3

Season the Short Ribs

¼
cup dried porcini
1
cup slivered almonds, toasted
3
tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1
teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Combine the porcini and almonds in the work bowl of a mini-food processor. Pulse to make an almost smooth pestata.


Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Season the short ribs with 1 teaspoon salt and several grinds of pepper.


Brown the short ribs all over, removing them to a plate as they brown, about 5 minutes per batch.

Step 2 of 3

Simmer the Ribs

3
large carrots, cut into 1-inch chunks
2
tablespoons tomato paste
1
tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
2
fresh bay leaves
12
ounces dark ale
4
cups chicken stock, preferably homemade or low-sodium store-bought

Add the carrots, and toss to coat in the oil. Cook the carrots until they begin to brown, 2 to 3 minutes; then make a space in the pan, and add the tomato paste there. Cook and toast the tomato paste in that space until it darkens a shade or two, about 1 minute.


Add the thyme and bay leaves, and stir to combine.


Add the pestata, and stir to toast lightly 1 to 2 minutes.


Add the beer, bring it to a boil, and cook until the beer is reduced by half.


Add back the short ribs, and add 4 cups of the chicken stock. Adjust the heat so the liquid is simmering, set the lid ajar, and simmer until the short ribs are almost tender, 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes.

Step 3 of 3

Add the Remaining Ingredients

2
cups chicken stock, preferably homemade or low-sodium store-bought
1
pound small red potatoes, halved

Add the remaining 2 cups stock, the onions, and the potatoes. Return to a simmer, and cook until everything is very tender and the sauce is thick and flavorful, abut 40 to 50 minutes more.


Stir in the parsley, remove the bay leaves, and serve.

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