Red Wine-Braised Short Ribs With Lemongrass and Soy
This is the dish that the chef Marcus Samuelsson made for President Obama when he visited the restaurant Red Rooster Harlem. This is an easy braise with wonderful flavors — plum sauce, lemongrass, soy sauce — and as it is pointed out in "The Red Rooster Cookbook," short ribs taste more expensive than they actually are, making them ideal for guests. Make it earlier in the day, then simply reheat when you're ready to serve dinner. The book suggests freezing the extra braising liquid in ice cube trays, so you can slip it into pan sauces or pasta for oomph.
- Serves: 4 persons
- 8(6-ounce) English-cut short ribs
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2tablespoons grapeseed oil
- 1onion, chopped
- 1carrot, trimmed and chopped
- 2celery ribs, trimmed and chopped
- 1lemongrass stalk, trimmed, smashed and minced
- 3garlic cloves, chopped
- 1(1-inch) piece ginger, peeled and minced
- ½cup dry red wine
- 3cups beef or chicken broth
- ½cup plum sauce
- ¼cup soy sauce
- 2sprigs thyme
- 2sprigs flat-leaf parsley
- 2bay leaves
- Freshly grated horseradish, for serving (optional)
Step 1Heat oven to 325 degrees. Pat meat dry with paper towels and season all over with salt and pepper.
Step 2Heat grapeseed oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. When oil shimmers, add short ribs and brown on all sides, about 2 minutes per side; transfer to a plate.
Step 3Add onion, carrot, celery, lemongrass, garlic and ginger to the pot. Season with salt and cook, stirring often, until onion softens, about 5 minutes. Pour in wine and cook, stirring to dissolve any of the brown bits that may still be on the bottom of the pot. Add broth, plum sauce, soy sauce, thyme, parsley and bay leaves and bring to a simmer.
Step 4Return short ribs to pot, along with any juices, cover and slide pot into oven. Braise until meat is fork-tender, about 2 hours.
Step 5Transfer meat to a plate. Strain braising liquid into a fat separator. If you don't have a fat separator, use a ladle to skim the fat off the top of the braising liquid; then strain through a fine mesh sieve.
Step 6Discard bay leaves and thyme stems and transfer vegetables to a food processor. Process vegetables until smooth, then add 1 1/2 cups of the defatted braising liquid to the processor and pulse to combine.
Step 7Return sauce to Dutch oven and season to taste with salt and pepper. Add short ribs and turn to coat in the sauce; set aside until you’re ready to serve.
Step 8Reheat short ribs in the sauce. Divide short ribs between four shallow bowls and top each with a spoonful of sauce. Put remaining sauce in a bowl for passing at the table, along with a bowl of horseradish, if you'd like.