I’m not sure why I think this recipe is French. Maybe it’s the combination of beef and thyme. It could be the great sauce that results. It could be how simple yet delicious it is. Anyway, this came out really well, so maybe I should just rename it Delicious braised short ribs.
One of the reasons this came out so well is that I cooked the short ribs long enough to kill the toughness but short enough to leave a really nice chewy texture. So instead of the meat falling apart like eating pot roast or beef stew, it was like eating tender steak. There was enough time for the flavors to come together and make a really nice sauce.
French Braised Short Ribs
- 2lbs short ribs cut into 1/2″ pieces
- 1T oil
- 1/2 of a medium onion, chopped
- 1T tomato paste
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 5 green olives, chopped
- 2t thyme
- 2t beef bouillon (or two cubes)
- 1 cup of water
- 10 mushrooms, sliced thickly
- salt and pepper
Brown the beef in the oil. Let it get brown! Add the onion half way through. Add everything except the mushrooms and turn to low, cover and simmer for about 45 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook for another 10 minutes. Is the sauce is watery when you add the mushrooms, turn up the heat and leave the lid off.
Serve with a starch like mashed potatoes or over some noodles. I ended up just eating it straight. YUM!