this is amazing stew! I originally got the recipe reprinted in our co-op newsletter and realized it was missing directions for several ingredients. I was so thankful to find it still online! A really rich, comforting stew served with rice. I used stew meat because I couldn't get short ribs and used different squash because it's what I had. Great flavors and will make again and again.
Brandied Cranberry Short-Rib Stew
Photo: Iain Bagwell
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Amount per serving
- Calories: 982
- Calories from fat: 70%
- Protein: 41g
- Fat: 77g
- Saturated fat: 31g
- Carbohydrate: 31g
- Fiber: 4.2g
- Sodium: 748mg
- Cholesterol: 160mg
- 6 pounds bone-in beef short ribs, cut into 2-in. pieces*
- About 2 tsp. kosher salt, divided
- About 1 tsp. black pepper
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
- 3 pounds kabocha squash (1 small), seeded, cut into 2-in. wedges, and peeled*
- 2 medium onions, finely chopped
- 1/3 cup flour
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 3 tablespoons Dutch-processed bittersweet cocoa powder or 1 square (1 oz.) bittersweet chocolate, chopped
- 5 cups reduced-sodium beef broth
- 1/2 cup brandy
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 2 tablespoons minced candied ginger
- 1 tablespoon finely shredded orange zest
- 1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries
- 1. Preheat oven to 500°. Dry short ribs on paper towels and sprinkle with 1 tsp. each salt and pepper. In a large, heavy ovenproof pot, heat 1 tbsp. oil over medium-high heat. In 4 batches, brown ribs all over. Transfer to a bowl.
- 2. Cut squash wedges crosswise, put on a baking sheet, and toss with remaining oil. Roast until caramelized, 10 minutes. Remove from oven and lower heat to 300°.
- 3. Add onions and remaining 1 tsp. salt to pot and cook over medium-high heat, stirring often, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add flour and cook, stirring, until deep golden brown, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and cocoa; cook 1 minute. Stir in broth and brandy. Add dried cranberries, ginger, and orange zest and bring mixture to a boil. Return short ribs to pot, cover, and bake 2 1/2 hours.
- 4. Remove pot from oven and spoon off fat. (Or chill overnight before skimming; return to a simmer before continuing.) Stir in fresh cranberries and kabocha. Cover and bake until kabocha is tender and meat pulls away from the bone, about 30 minutes.
- *Ask your butcher to cut the short ribs. To make squash easier to cut and peel, poke it all over with a fork, then microwave 2 to 3 minutes.
- Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.
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