Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Braised Red Wine Short Ribs with a Basil Cheddar Polenta

Yum, right?! Cooking for one should be good too! I've been meaning to make short ribs and polenta for months now and I finally got around to it a few weeks ago.

Red Wine Short Ribs and Polenta (Serves 4)
Time: 4hrs prep and cook

- 1/2 tsp Paprika
- 1 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1/4 tsp Thyme
- 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1/2 tsp Pepper

- 1/2-1 Bell Pepper, Chopped
- 1/2-1 Onion, Chopped
- 3-4 Cloves of Garlic, Minced (Optional)
- Flour for light coating
- Olive Oil
- 2 c Red Wine
- 2 c Chicken Broth
- 2 tbsp Honey
- 4 Short Ribs ( I used 3 for myself)
  1. Add your rub to your ribs and let them marinate in the fridge for 30min-1hr.
  2. Once ribs are ready, heat a pot to medium. Lightly coat your ribs in flour, add oil to your pot and cook ribs until browned on each side. Set aside on plate when finished.
  3. Add more oil to the pan if necessary and cook your onion and bell pepper for about 5mins.
  4. Add your wine, broth, and honey to the pot. Place your ribs in the pot and once it boils, reduce heat to medium or medium low for about 3 hours. You can put the ribs in a 300 degree oven for 3-4 hours as well. Remember with ribs, the longer they cook, the more tender they become!

- 1 c Polenta
- 2 c Chicken Broth (add additional water, milk, or cream to get desired consistency)
* If you don't have chicken broth use water. You will just need to season it more.
- 1-1 1/2c Shredded Garlic Cheddar (Use whatever cheese you want)
- 6-7 Basil Leaves
  1. Bring liquid to boil, reduce heat and add polenta. Once it begins to thicken, add your cheese and basil. Take off heat and set aside.
- 2c Spinach (more if desired)
- 1-2tbsp Olive Oil
- Salt, Pepper, and Garlic to taste
  1. To a medium heated pan, add your olive oil (garlic if using fresh) and spinach. The spinach will begin to wilt, add seasonings to your liking and you're done!
Plate your polenta, ribs, and place some spinach on top and enjoy! I know it kind of looks like a lengthy meal for one, but it's not bad once you get it going...and you can enjoy a fabulous dinner when you're done.


Hampton Roads Foodie said...

Looks awesome!

Eat. Love. and Be Merry. said...

It was delicious! I'll make you one of my shortrib recipes the next time we do dinner.