Everyone has a food they just love love love. For me it's the short rib. I saw someone use it on Master Chef [I know I'm Pathetic] and became obsessed. Over the last few years my "signature dish" has become Short Rib Risotto. And it is To. Die. For. Seriously. I like to say that you know a short rib is perfect when you involuntarily say "oh my God" after you put a piece in your mouth and I can make that happen. Here is how to get there.
ALL YOU NEED:
3-3 1/2 LBS. CHUCK SHORT RIBS [bone in]
1/4 c. Brown Sugar
1 medium onion quartered
2 beers of your choice
NOTE: GET CHUCK SHORT RIBS bone in for this recipe... no other words are the right kind.... I have recipes I'll share another day for boneless.
Anyhow, I digress, let's get started..... it's a high heat braise.... so preheat your oven to 375F.
While you heat your olive oil in heavy oven safe lidded pan [I use my enameled dutch oven] generously salt the ribs [kosher salt] and then sear top and bottom side, approximately 4 minutes per side, turning with tongs. Leave standing on their sides so the membrane is vertical and the bone is NOT touching the bottom of the pot.
Since I often make my protein early in the day, I just turn the oven off and leave the ribs in the lidded pot until I make the Risotto.
5 cups chicken broth
2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion [diced]
1 cup Arborio Rice [Risotto]
1 tsp kosher salt
2 tbsp butter
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan/Romano Cheese [if desired]
salt & pepper to taste
Once the broth is simmering I heat the olive oil in a large saute pan [5 quart] on medium heat, add onion, saute about 5 minutes over medium heat. Then, add Arborio Rice and saute until translucent [about 4 minutes]. Sprinkle with kosher salt, add 2 cups stock and stir at a low simmer. Continue adding the stock 2 cups at a time about every 5-7 minutes... stirring nearly constantly. After about 20-25 minutes the risotto should be tender. Add butter, Parmesan and stir the meat in to the Risotto, adding approximately 3 TBSP of the "tar" from the Rib pot along with the meat to flavor, stir well and allow to marry for 10 minutes on extremely low heat, stirring frequently.
To. Die. For.