Monday, December 26, 2016

Braised Short Ribs For Christmas Dinner At Almost Heaven South

As we often do, we invited a few folks over for Christmas dinner that we knew had no other plans so we ended up with nine to dine at Bev’s pretty table.  

One of my goals for the meal was make it as simply and low-mess as possible and that equates to as few pans as possible – three for this meal.

After enjoying Pam's Braised Short Ribs earlier in the month, we decided to scale the recipe up and make it for this Christmas meal.  I basically tripled everything to get the following:

4-6 tbsp olive oil
24 boneless short rib pieces (about 1”x1”5”)
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
3/4 cup flour
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp paprika
3 sweet yellow onion, diced (I chopped them all in the food processor)
10 carrots, peeled & diced
6 stalks of celery, diced
2 tsp garlic powder
3 cup of red wine, I used Cabernet
6 cups of beef broth, more if needed
6 tbsp tomato paste
2 tsp of dried thyme leafs
3 bay leafs

Please check out the recipe directions on Pam’s site.  

1. I sautéed the beef in batches in a large Dutch oven (pan 1) then cooked the other ingredients in it as well (It took about 40 minutes for this veggies and liquid). I then added this mixture to the large pan (pan 2) followed by the ribs and other veggies, covered with foil, and cooked in the oven.
2. If I were doing it again I would only double the amount of onion, carrots, celery, wine and broth for the pan I was using so the sauce wouldn’t be as thick.
3. I added some whole onions and carrot pieces to the pan with the meat.

I cooked it for about three hours, since it was larger and started with a cooler pan and ingredients.

It might have been easier to serve it by the plate, but I wanted to put it on a platter for the photo op.

After a delicious salad provided by friend Kathy, we served up the entrée along with Pioneer Woman's mashed potatoes (pan 3) and Bev's hot rolls.

Once again, it was very good and it was a nice day to share with friends and family.  We were no where close to a white Christmas, so it might as well just go ahead and be 70F to make it easy for travelers and kids who want to ride their new bikes.  Oh well Betsy, maybe next year.

Photos can be enlarged by clicking on them.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.


12/25/16 event date


  1. That sure looks like a wonderful feast you had for Christmas dinner, thanks for sharing the recipe.

  2. Fabulous looking meal Larry and Bev. Merry Christmas to you!

  3. Wow! I hope you and Bev had a fabulous Christmas. I'm sure your guests did :-)

  4. No white Christmas here, either, and I took an approach similar to yours: fewer pans! Bev's table was indeed beautiful! Happy New Year, Larry and Bev.

  5. Larry, That is a great looking platter of goodness! Hard to beat short ribs and I love carrots cooked like this... Ladle the short ribs in the sauce over the mashed potatoes...YUM! Hope you're feeling better. Wishing you, Bev, Pat...everyone...a very Happy and Healthy New Year. Take Care, Big Daddy Dave & Laurie

  6. I'm sure your dinner guests were very pleased with the Christmas dinner you prepared. That is a beautiful platter of food.

  7. What a wonderful feast, Larry! We did have snow on the ground but it rained on Christmas Day and much of it has melted, which is fine with me :)

  8. Looks delicious! Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!!


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