Makes 4 or 5 servings

Even though there's quite a time lapse between browning and serving short ribs, very little of it involves work. This version fills your house with especially enticing smells. Serve the ribs with creamy mashed potatoes or polenta and crusty bread. Notes: Browning meat in a mix of olive oil and butter lets you use a higher temperature, for better color and texture, without scorching. Prep and Cook Time: 2 3/4 hours.

How to Make It

Step 1

Rinse ribs and pat dry. In a paper bag, combine flour with 1 tablespoon each salt and pepper. Drop ribs into bag and shake to coat. Lift ribs out, shaking off excess flour mixture.

Step 2

In a heavy 6-quart pan over medium-high heat, melt butter with olive oil. Working in batches, add ribs in a single layer and turn to brown on all sides, about 5 minutes total per batch. With tongs, transfer ribs to a bowl. Discard all but about 2 tablespoons fat in pan.

Step 3

Reduce heat to medium and add onions and garlic to pan; stir often until onions are limp, about 6 minutes. Stir in wine, mustard, and apricots, then return short ribs to pan. Cover and bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to maintain a low simmer and cook, turning ribs once or twice to submerge meat, until very tender when pierced, 2 to 2 1/2 hours.

Step 4

With tongs or a slotted spoon, transfer short ribs to individual wide, shallow bowls or a serving bowl. Skim off and discard any fat from pan juices. Boil juices over high heat until reduced to about 3 cups. Season to taste with more salt and pepper. Pour juices over ribs.

Step 5

Wine Pairing: A hearty Cabernet Sauvignon with meaty tannins matches the richness of the dish and brings the sauce's flavors to life.

Ratings & Reviews

Onecentinvegas's Review

January 12, 2013
This is drop-dead delicious! Easy to set up for a slow cooker, nice rich sauce results and the meat is sooooo tender. Love the slight sweetness from the dried apricots, too. Doesn't require many ingredients but yet is so tasty! Great over mashed potatoes. I make it often in winter.

deannelc's Review

November 24, 2010
This dish did not live up to expectations... I followed the recipe exactly, using good quality meat and Cabernet. While the sauce was flavorful, the meat was still very tough after 2 1/2 hours - even though it was falling off the bone.

oDCRGo's Review

March 07, 2010
I've made this recipe several times and it never disappoints. The favors go together fantastic!

dory92064's Review

August 07, 2009
Okay, I'm the 'odd man out' here. I thought the recipe was okay, no "wow" factor. I followed the recipe, except used a crockpot. My husband didn't care for the 'sweetness' that the apricots added -- the sauce just didn't have much flavor -- and I used a good quality Cabernet. Will stick with CL recipe Balsamic-Braised Short Ribs which we really enjoy.

tweeni's Review

November 20, 2008
Wonderful recipe! I have replaced the red wine with port and and added more fresh herb such as basil and thyme. It is amazing over mashed potatoes and has become the most asked for meal for dinners with friends.