Pinot Braised Short Ribs with Creamy Polenta

Featured by Furthermore Pinot Noir in the Pinot Noir Wine Club.
 Pinot Braised Short Ribs with Creamy Polenta


This dish is velvety and comforting and the contrast of the Polenta and the Pinot Noir Glazed Sauce is perfect with a glass of Pinot from any of our monthly wine clubs. Here's to Pinot, cheers to you.

Yield: Serves 6
Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Cook Time: 180 Minutes
Serving Size: 16 oz.


For the Ribs:
1 tablespoon vegetable oil or olive oil
6 pounds bone-in beef short ribs, at least 1 1/2 inches thick
2 medium onions, 1/2 inch dice
2 medium carrots, 1/2 inch dice
6 shallots, quartered
1 medium garlic head, cloves separated and smashed
6 tablespoons flour
4 cups of red wine such as Pinot Noir
3 1/2 cups chicken stock
10 sprigs fresh flat-leaf parsley
8 sprigs fresh thyme
1 sprig fresh rosemary
2 bay leaves
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley for garnish, optional

For the Creamy Polenta:
2 cups half and half
2 cups water
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 cups coarse cornmeal
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese


This recipe takes some time, so you may want to open up a bottle of Pinot Noir from one on our monthly wine clubs before you start.Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Dust the ribs slightly with one half of the flour. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Heat the oil to the smoking point and brown half of the meat thoroughly on all sides. Transfer the ribs to a Dutch oven. Repeat the process. Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of the fat from the skillet and lower the heat to medium. Add the onions, carrots, and shallots. Sauté until soft and the onions and shallot become translucent, 5 to 6 minutes. Add the garlic and cook an additional minute. Stir in the flour until well combined, about 1 minute more. Add 3 1/2 cups of the wine to the pan and bring to a simmer, scraping up any browned bits remaining at the bottom of the pan. Add the contents of the skillet to the Dutch oven, along with the chicken stock, parsley, thyme, rosemary, bay leaves, and tomato paste. Bring to boil, then cover and set the pot in the oven. Cook until the meat is fork-tender, 2 1/2 to 3 hours, checking intermittently.

Remove the Dutch oven from the oven. Transfer the ribs to a large plate. Discard any loose bones. Strain the remaining liquid through a sieve into a bowl, pressing out the liquid from the solids. Use a fat strainer to separate the fat from the liquid.

Wipe out the Dutch oven, add the strained liquid and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Briskly simmer until the sauce is reduced to the consistency of heavy cream, 5 to 10 minutes. Add the remaining 1/2 cup wine and the reserved ribs to the pot. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and cook until the meat is heated through, about 10 minutes. Make the polenta per instructions below.

In a medium saucepan bring the half-and-half and the water to a boil. Add the salt and then gradually add the polenta while stirring. Reduce the heat to maintain a simmer, stirring constantly. The polenta should be smooth and large bubbles will pop on the surface. Cook until very thick but not stiff, about 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat and add butter and cheese.

Serve immediately, right after you serve the Pinot Noir.