Short ribs. A tough, fatty, cheap cut of beef. Magic, however, happens when you cook them low and slow in a super flavorful liquid. They transform into fork tender, uber tasty, rib-sticking comfort food. I love one-pot meals and this one is a favorite. I made some changes to common recipes (lewving some veggies chunky, swapping wine for vinegar) in order to paleo-ify it. If said it before and I will say it again…a dutch oven is the single best addition you can make to a kitchen arsenal. Get one.

You need:

3 lbs bone-in short ribs
2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion
2 ribs of celery
2 carrots, chopped
2 garlic cloves
2 tbsp tomato paste
10 cremini mushrooms, halved
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 cups beef broth
1 tbsp thyme
2 bay leaves

Preheat the oven to 375 F

1) Heat oil in your dutch oven over medium high heat. Season the short ribs with salt and pepper, and in batches, sear on all sides (3-4 min a side) until brown and crusty. Remember, brown food = good food! Remove short ribs and set aside.

* While the meat is searing, add the veggies (onion, celery, garlic, but only 1 of the carrots) put them all in a food processor and blitz them until it becomes a thick, chunky paste.

2) Add the veggie puree, season with salt and pepper and cook it for 7-9 minutes. A crud will form at the bottom of the pot…this is good! Just scrape it up as it forms. Stir in the tomato paste for another 4-5 minutes.

3) Add the vinegar, and deglaze the pot…scraping up all that yummy brown crud at the bottom. Cook until it doesn’t reek of vinegar anymore.

4) Return the short ribs to the pot, add in the remaining chopped veggies (carrot and mushrooms) and add beef broth until it just almost covers the ribs. You don’t want them TOTALLY submerged, just barely poking out the top.

5) Cover and toss in the oven for 2 1/2-3 hours until its fork tender. For the last 20 minutes of
cooking, remove the lid so it gets nice and browned and crusty.

I served mine on top of a parsnip puree, but sweet potatoes or cauliflower works great too. Top it all will some of the juices and veggies left in the pot.

Just try and feel bad on a rainy day with this one.

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