One of my all-time favorite dishes that is oh-so comforting is red wine braised short ribs. When I see it on a menu I get pretty excited and usually order it. The results are often mixed; some restaurant dishes are amazing and others not so much. With the right ingredients and the basic braising technique, you can make some amazing short ribs at home that are as good as you will get anywhere.

Potato Purée (ultra-smooth mashed potatoes) a classic pairing because they soak up the delicious sauce and match up with the delicate constancy of the braised ribs. Adding parsnips to the mix for a bright and fresh taste makes it even more delicious with the braising sauce.

The short ribs only get better the next day, so it’s great to make them a day or two in advance. Just slowly warm them up in the sauce and serve.

Red Wine and Bone Broth Braised Short RibsThe quality of the ingredients really makes a difference. Great meat, produce (from Specialty Produce in San Diego) and broth make this one pretty darn easy and impressive.

You will see both bone-in and boneless short ribs at the store. My local butcher (Sepulveda Meats & Provisions) had bone-in on this visit, so that’s what I went with. Both are great. The bone-in might provide a little more flavor and flavor in the sauce, and the boneless will give you more meat.

Red Wine and Bone Broth Braised Short Ribs
Pat dry and heavily season the short ribs with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper right before cooking, then lightly dust with flour. This will help with the browning which provides tons of flavor.

Red Wine and Bone Broth Braised Short Ribs
Brown on all sides, then remove and drain most of the fat from the pot.

Red Wine and Bone Broth Braised Short Ribs
Sweat the onion, then deglaze with red wine and add the remaining vegetables. You want to cook this down until most of the wine is gone (by about 3/4). Leaving too much wine at this point will make the sauce taste a bit too winey. 🙂

Red Wine and Bone Broth Braised Short Ribs
This is after the sauce has been strained, fat removed and reduced down a bit more to thicken it and magnify the flavor intensity. The best way to reheat the short ribs is to do so slowly in the sauce.

Red Wine and Bone Broth Braised Short Ribs
Red Wine and Bone Broth Braised Short Ribs

Braised Short Ribs

Indulge in the ultimate comfort dish—red wine-braised short ribs served with parsnip-potato purée. With the perfect blend of flavors and a delicate texture, these short ribs are sure to rival your favorite restaurant's rendition.
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Course: Main
Cuisine: French
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours
Servings: 2


Braised Short Ribs

  • 2 lbs bone-in beef short ribs
  • flour for dusting
  • canola oil
  • kosher salt and pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups dry red wine
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves smashed
  • 4 thyme sprigs
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 carrots sliced into 1″ pieces
  • small bunch fresh parsley
  • 1 container / 17.6oz Kettle & Fire Beef Bone Broth or other high-quality beef bone broth

Parsnip-Potato Purée

  • 1 lb about 3 medium parsnips, peeled and cut into 1″ pieces
  • 1 lb 1 large russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1″ pieces.
  • 2 garlic cloves peeled
  • kosher salt & white pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup cream or milk


Braised Short Ribs

  • Pre-heat your oven to 325 degrees. Pat dry and heavily season the short ribs well with salt and pepper, then dust each side with flour. Heat a large dutch oven or heavy pot over medium-high heat with canola oil to coat the bottom. When the oil begins to smoke, sear the short ribs on all sides until well browned. Remove from the pan and set aside to drain.
  • Drain off all but 1 tablespoon of the fat from the pot and place back on medium heat. Add the onion and sweat until it is translucent but not browned, stirring frequently. Carefully pour in the wine to deglaze the pot, scraping off any brown bits from the bottom. Add the carrots, garlic, thyme, bay leaves and parsley. Increase the heat and reduce the wine down by about 3/4 and it starts to get syrupy.
  • Add the beef bone broth and bring to a simmer. Add the short ribs back to the pot, cover and place in the oven for 2 to 2 1/2 hours, until the meat is extremely tender, turning the short ribs over half-way through.
  • Remove the short ribs from the pot and set aside. Strain the sauce through a fine mesh strainer and discard the solids. Pour the sauce through a fat separator or refrigerate and the fat will rise to the top where it can be scraped off and discarded.
  • Reduce the sauce in a smaller pan to your desired consistency and slowly re-warm the cooked short ribs in the sauce.

Parsnip-Potato Purée

  • Steam or boil the parsnips, potatoes and garlic until tender, about 20 minutes (I prefer steaming because it is faster than boiling and reduces water absorbed).
  • Warm the cream or milk.
  • Pass the parsnips, potatoes and garlic through a potato ricer or food mill to purée.
  • Slowly mix in the cream, butter and season with salt and white pepper until smooth. Adjust the amount of cream and seasoning as needed.
  • Keep warm.


This recipe can easily be doubled.

This post was written in partnership with Kettle & Fire. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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