Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Short Ribs with Cheesy Polenta



During the warm months, I cook a lot of my meat on the gas grill
outside on the patio. So before the grilling season starts, I am
making a few more of the inside winter season meals. This one is
a favorite of the guys at the manor. The sweet taste of the corn
polenta pairs nicely with the wine and tomato sauce.

Most times, I garnish it with chopped fresh flat leaf parsley, but
forgot to pick some up at the grocery this week. (oops)

Take my word for it, this dish is totally delicious!


Short Ribs with Cheesy Polenta

4 medium carrots, cut into 1 inch pieces
2 cups frozen pearl onions or 1 large onion chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
4 pounds bone-in beef short ribs
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 can, 14.5 oz., diced tomatoes
3/4 cup low sodium beef broth
1/4 cup dry red wine
1/4 cup coarsely chopped flat leaf parsley or 2 Tbsp dried
2 Tbsp cornstarch
2 Tbsp tomato paste
1 bay leaf
1 cup quick cooking polenta
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup finely shredded Parmigiano-Regiano

1. Combine carrot, onions and garlic in 6 qt. stock pot
2. Season ribs with salt and pepper. Brown ribs in oil on all sides and
transfer to pot.
3. Stir together tomatoes, broth, wine, parsley, cornstarch and tomato
paste in a bowl; pour over ribs, add bay leaf, cover and cook 275
degrees for 4 hours or until meat is tender. Skim off fat. Discard bay
leaf.
4. Combine 3 3/4 cups water, the polenta and salt in a large saucepan
over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Add cheese
and cook until thickened, about 5 minutes.
5. Serve ribs over polenta and garnish with parsley, if desired.

This is also great in the crock pot, 9-11 hours on low or 4 1/2 to 5 1/2
hours on high.

Serves 4.

52 comments:

  1. Is polenta anything like grits? I made cheese grits last weekend for my little grandson and myself. We both gobbled them up.

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  2. That looks scrumptious. Is cheesy polenta like cheese grits?

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  3. Mmm yum yum - I'm gonna have to try this with some moose ribs.

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  4. This looks great! Putting shortribs and polenta on my shopping list NOW.

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  5. Willow, this reads so deliciously I shall have to have a try this weekend. You are making my diet very difficult with posts like this - I know, don't eat the polenta with cheese ....but I don't think that would be possible! xv

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  6. Willow....I'm starving now and have to go to bed hungry! This looks and sounds great!
    Carol

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  7. this is a meal my husband and I could share - he would eat the ribs and I would eat the polenta! - it looks so good!

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  8. I have never made short ribs. I was never sure what to do with them. The recipe looks wonderful. I can almost smell and taste them.

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  9. I don't really cook very often, Willow, but your recipes always make me want to try!! This looks so delicious and so perfect for those still-kind-of-chilly nights. A nice glass of red wine, a cosy blankie, and I'm all set.

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  10. Oh, you cruel woman :-)! Just now I have come back from one of hte Cuban blogs I regularly visit and he had a post about pork. And there you are, doing the same to me. Pork chops on the menu this week, maybe? Ne-ne, I have got mint lamb for Friday :-).

    Many thanks.

    Greetings from London.

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  11. Hello Willow,

    I just might be FIRST today!!

    Looks fabulous. Hearty and warming! I like polenta with blue cheese stirred through and it makes a great alternative to mashed potatoes. May try it when we're home!

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  12. oh!hummmmmmmmm!!!
    That looks so good,I love polenta very much.You seem to be a fine cook.Can I ask you a question?Do you have a "secret" about lemon/meringue pie please?You know,the lemon cream,mine is always too sour,I'd like to know if there's a great recipe about it.Perhaps you know.Thank you :)

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  13. It sounds yummy, Willow. I haven't had polenta, or ribs, in a long time. No guys around here lately, but when my favorite guy comes back from his travels I will have to make this for him. I just noticed the quote above the comment box. I love it! I always find something new and interesting here.

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  14. I've never been first here - whoopee

    I love the look of that dish. It's very hard to get beef ribs in our bit of France. I suppose pork ribs would be too fatty.

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  15. Oh, I just realised - I'm probably not first because you've changed your comment setting for one with approval now. Oh well - how silly I will look when I'm 25th or something.

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  16. This sounds (and looks) delicious, Willow. I'm trying this one!

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  17. Mmmm...I love polenta



    Just saw the side bar bit re: your memoir....yay!!!

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  18. Sorry to disappoint all you bloggies who thought they were first today! :^)

    For all those wondering about polenta, it is similar to grits, in that it is also made from ground corn. Polenta is ground cornmeal and grits are plain ground corn, including the hulls, so it's "grittier" than polenta. If you like grits, you will LOVE polenta!!

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  19. this looks so good, have to try it!!!

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  20. I've never made shortribs and have a package in the freezer! This looks delish! We're still enjoying the comfort food, too!

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  21. This sounds delicious! I've never cooked short ribs before, you make it sound simple. I'm making a mental note to remember this recipe.

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  22. LOVE polenta....I always have to smash some garlic in mine. I make it thicker so I can have a slice for breakfast the next morning. I am a "savory" girl

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  23. Ding-ding! It's official! My family has convinced me to begin the huge task of writing my very first book; my memoirs. Watch out Random House, here I come!

    Well, there is the news! Good for you! When I first started reading your blog, I became convinced you would be giving Martha Stewart a run for the money; you’re warmth and generosity just make us want to spend time with you! So, hearing that you are writing a book sounds totally in keeping with who you are; creative, intelligent, warm, and brilliant! Go Willow, go!

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  24. This looks so delicious, I am just going to have to try this out! :)

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  25. How funny! We both have choosen food pics today! Yours look delicious too! :-)

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  26. Pretty photo .. the polenta looks yum ..

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  27. YUM YUM YUM!
    Send some to me immediately.

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  28. Oh, that looks--and sounds--wonderful. Long-Suffering would definitely approve (and now there's something to do with the packs of short ribs that wound up in the freezer last week). Perhaps when you have finished your memoirs (excellent idea, btw), you might consider a cookbook?

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  29. I am writing this one down right now!! Yummers.

    Note: Willow, if you are a fan of Vera Bradley, you might enjoy seeing her Inn by the Sea (a bed and breakfast)at Seaside, FL. Just google Inn by the Sea Seaside, FL.
    A free bag comes with the room!!!
    It is really lovely.

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  30. OH that looks heavenly. I'm starving now.

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  31. The colors of the food look as wonderful as it would taste!

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  32. Leslie, why thank you, dear bloggy friend! You've just made my day! I know it's a huge undertaking, but I am going to take my time and give it a good effort.

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  33. FireLight, I had no idea Vera Bradley had an inn! I'm off to google to take a peek. Thanks for the scoop!

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  34. Oh, those short ribs sound delicious. I might have to make this. Always love a good, tested tried-and-true recipe.

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  35. That does look quite tasty-- we're big fans of polenta; & the photo makes it look great. By the way, I like the quote under "Leave Your Comment."

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  36. Eskimo Bob, moose ribs?! Now that's a dish I've never tasted! :P

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  37. You mean you don't grill in the winter? Somebody had better send that memo to my fiance.... :)

    Looks delicious!

    -Sarah

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  38. I'm drooling! Will have to try this recipe, thank you!

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  39. I have only three words to say, (Hurrah say the crowd).

    Yum, yum and yum. (OK, four words).

    Good to have a fellow traveller on the insanity journey....grinning.

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  40. Oh my gosh, this looks ad sounds wonderful - I'm off to find some short ribs.

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  41. So gorgeous and yummy looking. I will have the polenta, meatless me, and a huge salad, but secretly will dip my finger into the gravy!

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  42. There you go again, making me hungry. I love cheesy polenta.

    I have some polenta and some vegetarian ribs in the freezer. I think you just solved my, "What are we having for dinner tonight?" problem.

    Thanks!

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  43. Looks very yummy. I am definitely going to try this.

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  44. I don't share your love of winter, but I have to admit that I do LOVE this kind of warming winter food.
    Our bitter wind is back . . . March is so changeable.

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  45. Now O. Henry is one of my very favorite short story writers. Nice place for a quote!

    I think Vera is actually the mother of Barbara Bradley Braekardt (sp?). She is from Wisconsin, I think, or it may have been Indiana. The best thing about the Inn by the Sea is that once a year Barbara hosts familes of children with cancer for several days. Yes I know it may help when she has to pay the taxman, but she could have chosen to just write a check. She is actually there and involved. Isn't it amazing how infrequently we hear these "good news" stories in the news?

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  46. ...Now this is my (and Mr. O's) kind of meal...I will be saving this recipe...Thanks! and I love the photo too..

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  47. that looks too divine !!

    i am going to give it shot .
    xxx

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  48. definitely must try the cheesy polenta. yum! and since it's all cold and blustery outside, the weather is still good for this.

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