A big hello from northeast Florida today! I’m Pam, from Blueberries And Blessings. I am thrilled to be posting on The Not so Cheesy Kitchen, we met through our mutual love for #SundaySupper, I fell in love with Bea’s blog and her passion to educate others on issues that she and her family face when it comes to food. She does a brilliant job and her dishes are delicious! What an honor to bring a meal to her table. Without further adieu, let’s talk ribs!
I bought some grass fed beef short ribs a while back when I was on my sojourn to Whole Foods. I wasn't quite sure what to do with them. I had truly only heard of a recipe of braised short ribs where you add tomatoes, carrots and the like to them, and I wasn't really feeling that recipe, so I just tucked them away in the freezer until inspiration struck.
I was sitting at my Mom's and looking through her trusty old cookbook when I spotted a recipe for Sweet and Sour Short Ribs. It was like bells went off. I scribbled the recipe down and eagerly went to it the very next day.
I made a few adjustments for convenience's sake - I just didn't have the ingredients on hand - and it still came out perfect. Nice and tangy, with just a hint of sweet.
I have never like sweet and sour recipes that were more sweet than sour, or too sour for that matter. This one fell happily in the middle and couldn't have been more flavorful. The liquid cooked down to the most perfect sauce consistency, too.
I would happily serve these again, even to company. I served them atop some nice steamed brown rice with a side of sauteed broccoli. A perfect chilly evening meal.
adapted from The Complete Family Cookbook
1 - 2 pounds beef short ribs1 tbsp olive oil1/3 c. flour, plus 2 tbsp (divided) - I used a gluten free flour blend, but regular AP will work also1 leek, chopped1 tsp garlic powder1 c. water1/2 c. steak sauce (I used A-1)2 tbsp tomato paste3 tbsp brown sugar2 tbsp cider vinegar2 bay leafs
heat olive oil in a dutch oven or large heavy saucepan
dredge ribs in flour, then place them in the pot and brown on all sides, then remove to a plate
add leek and saute until softened (2-5 minutes)
add water to the pan and scrape up all browned bits
add remaining ingredients to the water and stir to combine
return ribs to pot and cover
reduce heat to low to medium low and cook until tender - about 2 to 3 hours