And if that’s not an incentive for you to try it, well…I’m out of ideas.
So a while back, my mother in law accidentally bought half a cow. I know you, internet reader, and I know that your first instinct is to quip, “Which half? Front or back?” Oh you witty person, you. After that, you’ll ask how someone “accidentally” purchases a half of an animal that can weigh up to 700 pounds when they really meant to just buy a quarter? I’m not sure but frankly it sounds like something I would do.
Anyway, because of that, Josh and I got a fabulous gift of a large amount of beef that we’ve been whittling down over the past couple months—ground beef, steaks, chuck roasts. And yesterday, short ribs.
I love short ribs. “But Lauren,” you say, “You love any kind of ribs.” Yes, that’s true too. And with good reason: they are delicious. Beef short ribs are the bovine equivalent of pork spare ribs and can be found cut into a variety of ways. While I don’t crave them in the same obsessive manner that I tend to crave pork ribs (hey, the pig is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy), I do enjoy them now and then in place of a good roast. They’re an excellent candidate for braising, which is not quite baking and not quite boiling. Once when I was practically swimming in an overflow of Pom Wonderful pomegranate juice, I made pomegranate-braised short ribs with an ancho chile and chocolate rub. It was pretty awesome. This dish is somewhat similar, but more “traditional” and a bit less fruity. Also, I’ve replace the healthy benefits of pomegranate with the healthy benefits of a full bottle of red wine: let’s see if anyone notices! Continue reading