Isabelle Boucher

Braised Short Ribs with Espresso Peanut Butter Glaze

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This is comfort food at its best. Don’t let the long cook time or the extensive list of ingredients put you off – dish comes together fairly quickly, and spends the rest of the afternoon simmering away on the stovetop, yielding meltingly soft beef and a complex sauce that layers roasty coffee and cocoa with smoky chipotle and rich Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter.

All you need is a bed of fluffy rice or soft polenta to soak up the sauce, and you’ve got yourself a meal fit for company (or just for a cold winter’s evening).

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours and 30 minutes
Total time: 3 hours and 50 minutes
Yield: 4 servings

Braised Short Ribs with Espresso Peanut Butter Glaze

Ingredients

Braised Short Ribs with Espresso Peanut Butter Glaze Ingredients - Peanut Butter & Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter

4 pounds bone-in beef short ribs
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 medium carrots, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
1 medium yellow onion, sliced
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 1/2 cups dark beer (or beef stock)
1 cup beef stock
1/2 cup espresso (or strong brewed coffee)
1/4 cup tomato paste
2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, minced
2 bay leaves
1 cinnamon stick
4 allspice berries
1/2 cup Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter

Directions

1. Pat the short ribs dry, and season all over with salt and pepper.

2. In a large, heavy-bottomed Dutch oven set over medium-high heat, heat the olive oil. Add the short ribs and sear until well browned on all sides, then transfer to a platter.

Braised Short Ribs with Espresso Peanut Butter Glaze - Add the short ribs and sear until well browned on all sides

3. Add the carrots, celery and onions to the Dutch oven and saute for about 5 minutes or until the onions are soft and translucent. Add the garlic, cocoa, and chili powder, and cook for one minute more.

Braised Short Ribs with Espresso Peanut Butter Glaze - Add the carrots, celery and onions to the Dutch oven and saute

4. Stir in the beer and deglaze the pan, making sure to scrape up any browned bits that are stuck to the bottom of the pan. Stir in the beef stock, espresso, tomato paste, chipotles, bay leaves, cinnamon, and allspice.

5. Return the seared short ribs to the Dutch oven. Bring the mixture to a simmer, then reduce heat to low and cook for 2-3 hours, or until the ribs are very tender and falling off the bone.

Braised Short Ribs with Espresso Peanut Butter Glaze - Bring the mixture to a simmer, then reduce heat to low and cook for 2-3 hours

6. Remove the short ribs and transfer to a shallow baking dish. Cover with foil to keep warm.

7. Skim most of the fat from the sauce, then stir in the peanut butter. Increase heat to medium high, and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until reduced and slightly thickened. Add the short ribs to the pan and simmer for 5 minutes to warm through before serving.

Braised Short Ribs with Espresso Peanut Butter Glaze - Add the short ribs to the pan and simmer for 5 minutes to warm

PEANUT BUTTER GIVEAWAY

What is your favorite beefy comfort food?

Leave a comment below with your answer to enter for a chance at winning a jar of of Dark Chocolate Dreams, the peanut butter used in this recipe.

DETAILS:

– The giveaway is open to USA residents only and will run until Monday, March 9nd, 2015 at 11:59 PM EST.
– One entry per person.
– Winner(s) will be generated via a random number generator and notified via the contact email provided on the comment form.
– Winner(s) will have until 3/17/15 to claim their prize or we will choose another winner.
– Winner will win one jar of Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter. Product will be shipped by Peanut Butter & Co.
– No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Must be 18 years of age to enter. See Official Giveaway Rules.

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22 Responses to Braised Short Ribs with Espresso Peanut Butter Glaze

  1. Angela Saver says:

    My favorite comfort food is Chipotle Chuck Roast!

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  2. Amy C. says:

    I make a Beef Barley Soup that always hits the spot! Comfort food at its best!

  3. Yee N says:

    My favorite is a blue cheese burger.

  4. Dandi D says:

    I always enjoy a good beef vegetable stew.

  5. Julie L. says:

    A nice roast in the oven, with potatoes, and carrots.

  6. Kelli says:

    My favorite is braised short ribs…like this recipe!

  7. CY says:

    My favorite is beef stew made with short ribs.

  8. Kristen says:

    I love a roast beef sandwich on an onion roll dipped in the au jus and/or some blue cheese dressing!

  9. Jenniferanne says:

    My favorite is beef stroganoff!

  10. Lauren says:

    I like beef short ribs.

  11. suk says:

    My favorite is a roast beef sandwich on rye with Dijon mustard and sweet pickle chips.

  12. Mau says:

    It’s smoked brisket.

  13. Amy says:

    I really enjoy slow cooked beef barley stew.

  14. Kristine says:

    I love a good vegan burger!

  15. Abby says:

    I like chili with ground beef

  16. Christina Walsh says:

    Homemade beef vegetable soup, raisin bread toast with peanut butter on the side. ( I kid you not, this works well together!)

  17. Christina says:

    Homemade beef vegetable soup, raisin bread toast with peanut butter on the side. ( I kid you not, this works well together!)

  18. Frank says:

    Steak tartare…can you add peanut butter to that?

  19. Juliet L. says:

    Vegetable beef stew in a bread bowl.

  20. Jessica says:

    A shepherd’s pie with sweet potato mash top

  21. Sharon says:

    I love a chunky beef stew with lots of veggies.

  22. Ruth says:

    You recipes look great! I’m going to try them out! (I’m an “old timer” and I know a good recipe when I read It1 Thank you!

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Braised Short Ribs with Espresso Peanut Butter Glaze