Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Short Ribs

One of the great things about this blog is that I get to try new recipes that I would normally never make for myself. Short ribs have been one thing I've always wanted to make but have never had enough time in the day to cook them.

Usually, I reserve the weekends to try labor intensive, attention seeking recipes. While this recipe doesn't need a ton of labor to complete, it does take a long time. Especially if you don't read the recipe carefully like me. Don't be like me. This one time, at least. :)

I felt like I was on Worst Cooks in America and could picture Anne Burrell shouting at me from a perch in my kitchen. If you haven't watched that show, watch it at least once and you'll understand what I'm talking about. I didn't leave out major ingredients, but I read the cook time wrong, which resulted in me cooking for 5 hours and not eating until 9:30pm. So, start early and read the recipe thoroughly!

Short Ribs with Fettuccine
Adapted from Giada

3 tablespoons olive oil
2 ounces chopped pancetta (about 1/2 cup)
2 1/2 pounds short ribs
Freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 medium onion, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves
2 cloves garlic
1 (14-ounce) can tomatoes (whole or diced)
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 bay leaf
2 1/2 cups beef broth
3/4 cup red wine
1 pound fresh or dried fettuccine
4 to 6 teaspoons shaved bittersweet chocolate

Place the olive oil in a large heavy soup pot over medium heat. Cook the pancetta until golden and crisp, about 4 minutes. Meanwhile, season the short ribs with salt and pepper, and dredge in the flour. Using a slotted spoon, remove the pancetta from the pan and set aside. Add the short ribs to the pan and brown on all sides, about 7 minutes total.

Meanwhile, combine the onion, carrot, parsley and garlic in a food processor and blend until finely minced. Then add the tomatoes and tomato paste and pulse.

Once the short ribs are browned, carefully add the mixture from the food processor to the pot. Return the pancetta to the pot and stir. Add the rosemary, thyme, oregano, bay leaf, beef broth, and wine. Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 2 hours and 15 minutes. Remove the lid and simmer for another hour and a half, stirring occasionally. Remove the meat and bones from the pot. Discard the bones. Shred the meat and return it to the pot. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 3/4 teaspoon pepper, or to taste.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes for dried pasta and 2 to 3 minutes for fresh. Drain the pasta, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid. Add the pasta to the pot and stir to combine. Add the reserved pasta liquid 1/4 cup at a time, if needed, to moisten the pasta. Transfer to serving bowls, top each bowl with 1 teaspoon of chocolate shavings. Serve immediately.

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Sarah said...

Ha! Love Worst Cooks in America - so funny you felt like you were being shouted at by her! These look delicious - how did you guys rate them?

Page said...

Ooops! Forgot to tag that! haha It was a make again, I think. They were good and definitely better the next day.

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