After a frost ridden work week all we want to do is hibernate and stay warm on the weekends. One of the best ways to warm our bones is with braised or slow cooked hearty meals.  As these meals come into season we all tend to fall on the same old winter flavors and limit out cooking. It’s time to break the cycle and add some new ingredients into our cold weather meals.

Braising is a simple process at the heart of it, browning the meat, deglazing, adding some liquid, covering the pan, and cooking slowly at a lower temperature. The recipe below will be sure to wow your family and friends leaving them warm and content.

What you will need:

  • Short ribs                   4-6 Each (1.5-2.5 lbs of meat)
  • Shallots                       10 Each Sliced
  • Brewed coffee           4 Cups
  • White wine                4 Cups
  • Salt                               4 Tablespoons 
  • Pepper                         3 Tablespoons 
  • Cooking oil                 1/2 Cup
  • Thyme                         6 Sprigs

The best pot to use is a dutch oven, another great option is using a sautè pan to brown the meat and transferring into a roasting pan. another pointer here is to use a oil with a high smoke point. I prefer to use grapeseed, or a nice mixture of avocado, coconut, and safflower oil.

  1. In a large sautè pan heat oil over a high heat, as the pan heats season the meat all around leaving behind 1 tablespoon each of salt & pepper.
  2. When the oil begins to smoke lower the pan to a medium high heat and place in the short ribs. Cook for about 1 minute each side or until it begins to become a deep brown.(be careful not to move the meat around to mush it will release moisture and cool the oil.)
  3. Line the bottom of a roasting pan with the shallots and sprinkle in the remainder of the salt & pepper.
  4. Turn the heat on the pan off  and pour in the wine, place the ribs onto the shallots(bone side down if you use bone in), and pour over the wine.
  5. Add in the sprigs of thyme.
  6. Pour the coffee in just until the meat is slightly poking through the surface of the liquid.
  7. Cover the pan and place into a 300º oven until it is fork tender.(should take around 2 hours)

Just remember when enjoying this meal a spicy red wine like a Spanish syrah will really add an exclamation point to all of your hard work!

Don’t forget to check back soon for some great ideas on dishes that will surely pair well.

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