Braised Short Ribs with Mascarpone Polenta

Posted: Updated:

Makes 4 Servings

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
4 16-ounce beef short ribs
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
1 onion, roughly chopped
2 celery stalks, roughly chopped
5 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
2 cups Barolo, or other full-bodied red wine
1 16-ounce can of peeled tomatoes, crushed by hand with their juices
1 cup brown chicken stock
½ bunch thyme
½ bunch rosemary
½ bunch oregano

Leaves from 1 bunch of flat leaf parsley
 Zest of two lemons, cut into julienne strips
¼ pound fresh horseradish, grated


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
In a large, heavy-bottomed skillet or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over high heat until smoking. Season the ribs with salt and pepper and cook them over high heat until deep brown all on sides, about 15 minutes total.
Remove the short ribs to a plate and set aside. Add the carrots, onion, celery and garlic to the pan and cook over high heat until browned and softened, about 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and stir in the red wine, tomatoes and juices, chicken stock and herbs, scraping the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon to dislodge the brown bits. Bring the mixture to a boil and return the short ribs to the pan. Cover with aluminum foil and place in the oven. Cook for 2 hours, or until the meat is very tender and literally falling off the bones.

To make the gremolata:
In a small bowl, combine the parsley, lemon zest and horseradish and toss loosely by hand.


To make the polenta:

• 5 cups of water
• 1 cup quick-cooking polenta (use yellow or white)
• 1 cup of gorgonzola cheese or blue cheese
Bring the 5 cups of water to a boil in a 4-quart saucepan. Whisking constantly, add the polenta in a thin stream until all is incorporated. Stir with a wooden spoon until as thick and dense as cream of wheat. Add the gorgonzola cheese and stir until combined and creamy.

Put It Together

Place one ladle of very hot and creamy polenta at the bottom of the bowl. Place the short rib in each bowl, top with a little of the pan juices and a handful of the gremolata, and serve immediately.