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Slow braised beef short ribs in a rich gravy with mushrooms and herbs served with cheesy mash is the ultimate comfort food and perfect to make ahead.

Slow braised beef short ribs with cheesy mash

There is just nothing better than a big pot filled with soft, unctuous short ribs braised in a rich red wine sauce flavored with herbs and mushrooms. Except maybe if the braised beef short ribs are served on the cheesiest mashed potatoes ever. This is definitely one of the most delicious meals you can make at home and is perfect for making ahead.

Braised beef short ribs work perfectly when braising low and slow in the oven but are equally good when cooked in a slow cooker or done in an Instant Pot/pressure cooker. I’ve tested this recipe all 3 ways and the end result is always delicious.

Oven-braising is my preferred method because the cooking liquid cooks down into a rich, reduced sauce. If using a pressure cooker, cook the beef short ribs until tender (around 30-35 minutes) then add the mushrooms and allow the sauce to simmer down for +-20 minutes. I would add the flour mixed with a little water or stock with the mushrooms to thicken as the flour can cause the Instant Pot/pressure cooker to burn at the bottom.

Slow braised beef short ribs with cheesy mash

How to make braised short ribs

Brown beef short ribs in a large oven-proof pot on all sides. Remove then sauté onions, carrots and celery until soft and translucent. Add the garlic and herbs and cook for another minute then add flour to thicken (optional) the finished sauce. Add the short ribs back to the pot then add the tomatoes, stock and wine and allow to come to a simmer. Place in the oven and allow to braise for 3 hours or until the ribs are soft.

Remove from the oven and add the mushrooms and season to taste then allow to braise for another 20 minutes. Serve with cheesy mash or side dish of your choice.

Slow braised beef short ribs with cheesy mash

How long does it take to braise short ribs?

Oven-braised, short ribs take around 3-4 hours to soften in a 160ºC/320ºF oven, depending on their size. The beef short ribs should be fork tender without the fat rendering out completely as this can result in the sauce being very greasy. Check ribs after 2 hours of cooking to check tenderness.

In a slow cooker, the beef short ribs will cook in 6-8 hours if cooking on low and in a pressure cooker/instant pot, around 35 minutes.

What is a good red wine for braising?

Any red wine that is full bodied and full of flavor will work well. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage, Pinot Noir and Shiraz are all excellent choices.

Slow braised beef short ribs with cheesy mash

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Slow braised beef short ribs with cheesy mash
Slow braised beef short ribs with cheesy mash
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
3 hrs
Total Time
3 hrs 20 mins
 

Slow braised beef short ribs in a rich gravy with mushrooms and herbs served with cheesy mash is the ultimate comfort food and perfect to make ahead. 

Course: Dinner, Stew
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef short ribs, beef stew, Braised beef short ribs
Servings: 6
Calories: 663 kcal
Author: Alida Ryder
Ingredients
  • 2 kg/4 pounds beef shortribs (I prefer using bone-in short ribs cut into smaller pieces but you can use larger pieces as well)
  • 2 onions finely chopped
  • 3 carrots peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 celery sticks finely chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp flour (optional)
  • 2 pieces fresh rosemary
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup tomato puree/passata
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 2 cups red wine
  • 500 g/1 pound mushrooms
  • salt and pepper to taste
For the cheesy mash
  • 1 kg/2 pounds potatoes peeled and quartered
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 160ºC/320ºF. 

  2. Season the short ribs generously. In a large, oven-proof lidded pot, heat a splash of olive oil then sear the beef ribs until well-browned on all sides. 

  3. Remove from the pot and set aside. Add the onions, carrots and celery and cook until soft and translucent. 

  4. Add the garlic and herbs then cook for another 30 seconds before adding the flour. 

  5. Stir to coat the vegetables in the flour then add the wine and stock. Allow to come to a simmer then add the tomatoes and beef short ribs back to the pot. Season well then cover and place in the oven. Allow to braise for 2-3 hours or until the ribs are soft. Add the mushrooms and braise for another 20 minutes. Adjust seasoning and serve. 

  6. To make the cheesy mashed potatoes, Cook the potatoes in a large pot of salted water until they can easily be pierced with a sharp knife. 

  7. Mash the potatoes with the butter and milk then add the cheese and season to taste. 

  8. Serve cheesy mash with braised short ribs. 

Nutrition Facts
Slow braised beef short ribs with cheesy mash
Amount Per Serving
Calories 663 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 30g 46%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 147mg 49%
Sodium 539mg 22%
Potassium 2221mg 63%
Total Carbohydrates 35g 12%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 6g
Protein 61g 122%
Vitamin A 108.2%
Vitamin C 32.3%
Calcium 21.1%
Iron 64.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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