Sherry Braised Beef Short Ribs

Sherry Braised Short Ribs

Made this tonight for my meat eating husband this evening.  Took a little time in the oven, but he loved it.  I cooked in a Le Creuset Dutch Oven I bought when I was taking cooking classes when I was pregnant with my oldest son, who is now a little over 38.  I feel I have amortized that pot!  Worth the expense at the time.

Beef short ribs are pretty foolproof as long as two things happen. They will be delicious if the beef is well browned (dark, crusty and caramelized from the bacon fat) and cooked long enough to be totally tender to the touch when tested with a fork. This recipe passed the test.  I served it over pasta, which I quickly cooked in a shallow pan full of water.


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Transfer crisped bacon with a slotted spoon to a Dutch oven. Retain bacon drippings in the skillet.
  3. Generously season short ribs with salt and pepper.
  4. Heat bacon drippings in the same skillet over high heat. Cook short ribs in hot bacon fat until browned and caramelized on all sides, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer ribs to the Dutch oven, reserving drippings in the skillet. Add thyme and bay leaf to the ribs mixture.
  5. Reduce heat under the same skillet to medium. Cook and stir onion in the skillet until soft and golden, 5 to 10 minutes. Add garlic; cook and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  6. Whisk flour into onion mixture and stir until the mixture becomes paste-like and light golden brown, 1 to 3 minutes.
  7. Pour sherry into onion mixture; cook until thick and hot, about 2 minutes. Pour onion-sherry mixture into Dutch oven; add beef broth and salt to taste. Bring ribs mixture to a simmer and cover the Dutch oven with a lid.
  8. Transfer Dutch oven to the preheated oven and cook until short ribs are fork tender, about 2 hours. Remove ribs to a serving dish, reserving sauce in the pot.
  9. Set Dutch oven high heat and boil sauce until reduced and slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Spoon reduced sauce over ribs.

EAT AND ENJOY!  A nice glass of a Cabernet Sauvignon is always nice with this.

Not low in calories, but worth the intake.



Sherry Braised Beef Short Ribs

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