From the book Come for Dinner, by Leslie Revsin.
Beef short ribs have become a real darling of chefs and serious home cooks in recent years, and there’s no mystery as to why. When tucked into a braising pot with a few aromatic ingredients and left to simmer quietly for hours, the meaty ribs emerge lusciously tender. Few dishes deliver such big flavor with so little fuss.
This version, one of the best we’ve tried, comes from the late Leslie Revsin, a superbly talented chef and food writer. The classic Chinese flavor combination of sherry, soy sauce, ginger, scallions, and star anise gives the ribs an intensely aromatic, slightly sweet character. In addition to penetrating the meat, the soy-based braising liquid bestows the ribs with a rich, caramelized appearance. Just one look at them, and you know they’ll be good.
Like many slow-cooked dishes, these short ribs benefit from being made ahead and left to sit overnight in the braising liquid (see note). Serve with mashed potatoes, with some of the braising liquid spooned over the top.
|½||cup soy sauce|
|½||cup fino sherry, dry white wine, or dry vermouth|
|2||Tbsp. packed light brown sugar|
|1⅓||cups drained and coarsely chopped canned plum tomatoes|
|6||lb. beef short ribs on the bone, cut into 3-inch lengths|
|~||Salt and freshly ground black pepper|
|1½||Tbsp. vegetable oil, plus more if needed|
|6||garlic cloves, crushed and peeled|
|6||scallions, cut into 2-inch pieces|
|~||Fresh ginger (a 1-inch piece about the diameter of a quarter, cut into 8 slices)|
|2||Tbsp. thinly sliced scallions, cut on the diagonal, for garnish|
Variation: In a similar recipe in Fine Cooking, Leslie Revsin garnished the ribs with sautéed leeks instead of chopped scallions. When we tasted it, we realized what a good idea it was. Wash 3 medium leeks (white and light green parts) and cut into 2-inch-long julienne strips (2 to 2 1/2 cups). Rinse the strips, drain, and dry well. Melt 1 tablespoon unsalted butter in a large skillet. Add the leeks and cook, stirring frequently, until they begin to brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low and continue cooking, stirring frequently, until tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. When the ribs are ready, scatter the leeks over the top and serve.
This content is from the book The 150 Best American Recipes by Fran McCullough and Molly Stevens.
An American native
A father’s legacy
The vegetarian-cooking pioneer
Cracking a Filipino favorite