Saturday, November 08, 2008

Slow Cooker Veal Short Ribs in an Osso Buco Style


Looks like a good recipe. --PKS

6 bone-in veal short ribs
2 tablespoons olive oil
¼ cup finely diced carrot
¼ cup finely diced onion
¼ cup finely diced celery
4 garlic cloves
1 cup white wine
1 cup low sodium organic chicken stock
1 sprig rosemary
2 sprigs fresh thyme
4 sprigs Italian parsley
1 bay leaf
2 tablespoons drained and diced sun-dried tomatoes in oil
salt and pepper

Pat ribs dry and season with salt. Warm oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add ribs and sear on each side. Remove ribs and drain briefly on paper towels. Transfer ribs to your slow cooker. Turn slow cooker on and set to high.

Return saute pan to stove and reduce heat to medium. Add more olive oil if needed. Add carrots, celery, onions, and whole garlic cloves to saute pan. Season lightly with salt. Saute until the veggies start to become tender and begin to brown slightly. Add white wine to pan and crank heat up to high. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-high and reduce slightly. Pour veggies and wine into slow cooker.

Add chicken stock to slow cooker. The liquid should come up about ¾ of the side of the ribs. If it’s short, add water. Tie rosemary, thyme, and parsley together with kitchen twine. Toss into liquid. Add bay leaf.

Cover and cook on high for 2 hours. Reduce heat to low and cook another 4 hours. Check the meat. You want it very tender, starting to fall off the bone.

Remove ribs to a plate and tent loosely with foil. Strain cooking liquid into a fat-separating pitcher, allow fat to rise, and pour liquid off into a sauce pan. Bring to a boil and reduce by one-third. Add tomatoes.

For two good eaters.

Serve the ribs with horseradish mashed potatoes and green beans. Pour some of the sauce over the ribs right before serving. Top with some finely chopped Italian parsley and lemon zest.
Pour a Brunello di Montalcino (a red Italian wine like a Sangiovese) with some age on it.

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