Red Wine Pomegranate Braised Short Ribs with Rainbow Carrots
4 hr (inactive cooktime)
The minute the weather drops below 80 degrees, its pumpkin spice/apple pie/ red wine/ (insert fave fall ingredient) season for me. I love fall. There’s something about not sweating my a$$ off that makes me want to turn on the oven and cook up a storm, while wearing a cozy giant flannel. This dish is my fall kickoff meal and I think you’re going to love it.
Let’s talk about this dish. It reminds me of what I used to order at farm to table restaurants when they would debut their fall harvest menus. A hearty short rib braised in red wine, paired with a root vegetable and a splash of color or another fall flavor. For my version, I decided to add pomegranate juice to my red wine braising liquid (this adds a nice pop of tart fruitiness that pairs beautifully with the beefy meat) and then I paired it with simple roasted rainbow carrots that are topped with parsley, goat cheese and more pomegranate seeds. I mean, pomegranates are in season so let’s do it up!!!
I tested this recipe with boneless and bone-in short ribs. I think it’s more elegant to use boneless here, but bone-in actually end up being a bit more tender, due to the fat content. They also fall right off the bone, so they end up being served as smaller boneless short ribs (as seen above.) Choose whatever you want here, but if you choose boneless, make sure you do not over-sear them in the beginning of this recipe as they will end up dry and tough. Boneless short ribs tend to be thinner than bone-in, so that’s why its important not to over-sear. You can see how I did it in my YouTube video, which I linked at the top of this blog post. I go through the whole recipe from start to finish.
I used a classic dutch oven for this recipe (linking some of my faves below.) However, if you don’t have a dutch oven, feel free to do all your searing and sauté work in a skillet and then deglaze with a bit of the liquid, then transfer all of it to a slow cooker. If you use a slow cooker, you can cook on high for 3-4 hours, or you can cook on low for 6 hours or so. If you have a multi-cooker (such as the instant pot) you can also use that as your slow cooker. There should be a slow cook function!
As always, if you have any other cooking questions and they aren’t answered in my YouTube video, please feel free to DM me on Instagram!!! I am always here to help as much as I can. Now let’s get cooking!
|1.5 lb boneless short ribs ( get 2-2.5 lb for bone-in (the bones weigh a lot!))|
|Kosher salt, to have on hand to use for seasoning|
|Olive or avocado oil|
|Freshly cracked black pepper|
|4cloves garlic, chopped|
|1white onion, diced|
|1 1/2cup celery, diced|
|1 1/4cup red wine|
|1 1/4cup pomegranate juice|
|1 1/2cup beef broth|
|1 bay leaf|
|2tsp dried rosemary or 1 whole sprig of fresh rosemary|
|Rainbow carrots with pomegranate, parsley and goat cheese|
|10 rainbow carrots, sliced vertically in half, with stems on if they came with stems|
|1tbsp olive oil|
|Salt, to taste|
|Pepper, to taste|
|Fresh parsley, finely chopped, to taste|
|Goat cheese, to taste, for topping|
|Pomegranate seeds, for topping|
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
Heat a dutch oven over high heat.
As the pan gets hot, lay the meat on a paper towel, and dry it sufficiently with another paper towel. Season with salt and pepper on both sides.
Season the dutch oven with some oil and wait for it to shimmer. It shouldn't be smoky, but a little whisper of smoke is fine.
Add the dried-off meat to the pan and sear until golden brown on all sides, about 2-3 minutes per side. You do not want to overcook the meat, so watch it closely and remove once it's caramelized. Transfer the short ribs to a plate. Pour out all but 2 tablespoons of drippings. Make sure all golden brown bits (AKA fond) are still on the bottom of the pot. Incase you're curious: you don't want this to be fat, oily overload, so that's why you're getting rid of any excess drippings that would overpower the dish.
Reduce the heat to medium and add the onion. Sauté until slightly softened and caramelized, about 5 minutes. Then, add the celery and garlic. Season with a generous pinch of salt. Sauté for another 2-3 minutes until the garlic is fragrant and the celery and slightly tender.
Add the red wine, pomegranate juice and beef broth. Use a wooden spoon to scrape the browned bits off the bottom of the pan, so it combines with the liquid. Bring the liquid to a boil, then reduce the heat to let it simmer for 3-4 minutes.
Reduce the heat to low. Add the rosemary and a bay leaf. Then, add the meat back into the mixture and submerge it as much as possible into the liquid. If more than the top of the short ribs are not covered by liquid, feel free to add more beef broth until they are fully covered. If making bone-in short ribs, place the meat down, so the bone is facing up. Once the meat is submerged, place the lid onto the dutch oven.