In my mind this is a perfect winter dish, succulent Braised Beef Short Ribs cooked in a sauce made of coffee and ancho chiles.
Many people would say Alberta has the best beef in the world. You’ll have to try it yourself if you want to weigh in on the debate. I live here so I am just happy I can easily buy it, cook it, eat it and share this wonderful recipe with you.
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So when February rolls around I remember that I can buy beef short ribs and make this mouth-watering recipe. Beef short ribs are larger and meatier than the usual pork ribs and are perfect for braising. The process of braising is slow cooking meat covered in sauce over low heat for many hours. This method transforms tough cuts of meat into tender morsels.
This is slow food. This is Saturday afternoon slow food that will fill your house with the warmth and aroma of some of the best beef in the world. The anticipation of succulent, fork tender, fall-off-the-bone beef in a tasty sauce with strong coffee and pureed ancho chiles…now that is worth waiting for.
With over a thousand varieties of chiles there is lots of room for confusion. An ancho chile is a dried poblano chile. Dried chiles can be found online, in Latin American or Mexican specialty shops and even in some well stocked grocery stores. I think they aren’t too hard to find.
In this sauce the ancho chiles impart a rich, slightly smoky taste. The chipotle chiles add just the right amount of heat with a little more smoke. Combined with coffee, a little maple syrup…this recipe is worth making for anyone or even no one…but if you want to showcase Canadian beef this recipe will do a fabulous job of that.
This recipe is adapted from epicurious.com. I don’t make this recipe every winter but I think I should.
If you try these braised beef short ribs let me know in the comments below and tell me where your beef came from.
|2 dried ancho chiles or New Mexico chiles|
|1½ cups boiling water|
|½ onion, quartered|
|2 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped|
|1 Tbsp finely chopped canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce|
|1 Tbsp maple syrup|
|½ Tbsp lime juice|
|½ tsp salt|
|3 lb beef short ribs|
|salt and pepper|
|½ Tbsp vegetable oil|
|½ cup brewed coffee|
|reserved chile soaking liquid|
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