Beef Short Ribs in Tomato Sauce

Evening guys! Plans changed and we needed to eat at home tonight, so when I saw these beautiful beef short ribs on sale today, I knew what I had to do. I live for short ribs. When I see short ribs in the store or on a menu at a hip or fancy restaurant, I always consider getting them. Love them in every way, shape, and form. I have done both beef and pork ribs on the blog, so this is not too far off base with what I have done before.  They are a super delectable and can make for a very sophisticated dish, so I could probably charge you at least $22 for this entree =)

This is a one pot wonder if there ever was one! The meat can cook for hours on end in this tomato sauce; it slowly falls of the bone to create this velvety rich sauce. I served it on top of rigatoni sprinkled with a bit of Parmesan with a side of crusty garlic bread for scarpetta (Italian for sopping up sauce and cleaning your plate). You could serve this on any starchy pasta or polenta. I even served it on mashed potatoes once.

I also have made a crock pot version here. 

Braised Beef Short Ribs in Tomato Sauce

Ingredients

4 Beef Short Ribs
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, crushed and finely chopped
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 cup red wine- I used Malbec
1 cup beef broth
1 small can diced tomatoes
1 large can crushed tomatoes
3 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons butter

Directions

Salt and pepper both sides of your ribs.
Brown ribs in a bit or oil in large dutch oven on med. high heat, about 6 minutes per side. 
Take out ribs. Add onions. Cook for about 6 minutes. Stir.
Add garlic. Cook for about 3 minutes. Stir.
Add tomato paste. Stir and cook for 3 minutes.
Add wine and stock. Stir and reduce for about 5 minutes.
Add your cans of tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, and sugar. Stir and cook for 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low. Add in your meat. Cover. Stir every 45 min or so. Cook for 4-6 hours.

Swedish Meatballs

Hey guys! I made this last night for dinner and got two thumbs up from everyone! It does not really photograph well, but the recipe turned out pretty yummy. You can make your own meatballs, but it is a Monday night and no one really has time for that, so I used frozen ones. I am also researching ways that I can use my crock pot, so be on the lookout for that.

Ingredients

Ingredients
1 bag of frozen meatballs
1 tbsp. olive oil
5 tbsp. butter
3 tbsp. flour
2 cups beef broth
1 cup heavy cream
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
salt and pepper to taste

Directions

1. In a large skillet heat olive oil and 1 Tablespoon butter. Add the meatballs and cook turning continuously until brown on each side and mostly cooked throughout. They may still be a bit frozen in the center, but you are going to add them back in for a few minutes at the end. Take out the meatballs.

2. Add 4 Tablespoons butter and flour to skillet and whisk until brown. Slowly stir in beef broth and heavy cream. Add Worcestershire sauce and Dijon mustard and bring to a simmer until sauce starts to thicken. Salt and pepper to taste.

3. Add the meatballs back to the skillet and simmer for another 1-2 minutes. I served them over egg noodles.

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Steak and Potatoes- A Love Story

There once was a girl. The girl was a vegetarian for a very long time. Then one day she ate some steak and never looked back. Here are some pretty pictures of steak and potatoes just so you understand the loss she had for such a long time.

Twice Baked Potatoes

https://funfoodiefamily.com/2015/02/15/steak-twice-baked-potatoes-and-pan-steamed-broccoli/

https://funfoodiefamily.com/2014/01/19/porterhouse-steak-slow-cooked-mushrooms-and-onions-and-steak-butter-mashed-potatoes/

https://funfoodiefamily.com/2014/01/03/steakhouse-dinner-at-home/

https://funfoodiefamily.com/2013/06/27/living-a-dream/

Sliders

Evening friends! Tonight I made these easy yummy sliders. The girls were in two different locations for cheer tonight, but luckily we have a carpool system going on. It is all good, but makes for a late dinner. 

I bought some premade beef sliders from Publix. I doused them with salt, pepper, and a bit of Worcestershire sauce. I cooked them in a cast iron skillet on high heat;  the first side for about 3 minutes. Then I turned them and cooked for 2 minutes.  I added small slices of Colby Jack cheese and a tablespoon of water to the pan.  I covered the pan and turned down the heat to low and cooked for one minute until the cheese melted. 


They were so yummy! We put them on Pepridge Farms slider buns, which are so soft and pillowy. I served with a side of fries and corn on the cob.  Everyone went nuts for these little burgers! Next time I will buy 2 packages! 

The rest of this week will be even crazier, so I’ll post when I can! 😘😘😘

Cheeseburgers and Home Fries

Morning! Last night I made this yummy meal…

Home Fries- 3 Idaho potatoes cut in to wedges coated with olive oil, salt, pepper, and thyme. Roasted in the oven for 30 minutes.

 

The Burger…

I took a pound of meat and let it come to room temperature.  To the meat I simply added salt, pepper, and 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce. Take off you rings, and just get in there…mix it all together, but DO NOT OVER MIX! Your meat can become tough. Portion out 4 burgers. I just take the meat and cut it into 4 equal pieces. You could use a knife, vegetable chopper, or pizza cutter. Press your thumb in the middle of the burger. Why? Well, this creates a uniform and level burger that cooks more evenly. If you don’t, your burger will be fat in the middle and flat on the outsides. Boo to a uneven burger!

 

Now on to the pan. Grills are fine. Cast iron grills are better. Cast iron pans are the best. I love how the burgers get that yummy crust and picks up all the flavoring of the cast iron pan, not to mention adds to the pan’s flavoring. Make sure your pan is SCREAMING hot so they don’t stick. Add the burgers and leave them. DO NOT PRESS ON THE BURGER! Resist the urge to turn them over until they are ready… I can tell they are ready when a see a tiny crust forming and about half of the burger seems to be turning from pink to brown. I say about 5-6 minutes.

 

Then after 3 minutes, add your cheese. I used cheddar. Put a lid on it for 1 minute, take your pan off the heat.  Everyone was so hungry, I wasn’t able to take a before picture, but as you can see, they were a hit! =)

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