Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Slow-Cooked Moroccan Short Ribs

Slow-Cooked Moroccan Short Ribs
Adapted from Cuisine at Home
Source Blog - Noble Pig

The Rub:
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon salt

The Ribs:
2-1/2 lb. short ribs
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
3-1/2 cups low-sodium beef stock (or broth), divided
3 carrots, cut into 2-inch chunks (cups)
10 baby red potatoes or baby Yukon golds (2 cups)
1/2 onion, cut in half, root intact
2 Tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
6 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/2 cup dried apricots
2 teaspoon lemon juice

Combine cinnamon, ginger, cumin, turmeric and salt. Rub the spice mix into the ribs, thoroughly coating all sides, pressing the spices into the meat as best you can.

Sear the ribs in olive oil over high heat, until all sides are browned, about 7-10 minutes. Transfer the ribs to a slow-cooker, pouring off any excess oil from the pan. Deglaze the pan with 3 cups beef stock or broth, scraping all bits from the bottom, transfer to the slow-cooker, pouring over the ribs.

Add carrots, potatoes, honey, red pepper flakes, and onion to the ribs and deglazing broth. Simmer the ribs on high-heat until they are fork-tender and falling off the bone, about 3-1/2 hours.

Discard onion and strain any fat that has accumulated on the surface.

Whisk flour and a 1/2 cup beef stock (broth) together and stir slowly into the slow cooker. If you pour it all at once and do not stir well you will end up with globs of flour balls. Add dried apricots and simmer for another 1/2 hour, until thickened. Stir in lemon juice before serving.

We had the dish last week on one of the really cold days. My husband's only complaint was the ribs, he his not a fan of ribs bc of the bone. :p Anyho, it tasted yummy and is divine on a chilly day. I made rolls to go with it as the stew does make quite a thick gravy that is awesome for bread/roll dipping! I have this on the meal plan for this week and this time I just bought some boneless beef for stews to put in to appease my Husband. :p


dragonfly said...

I so totally want to make these! Glad they were so good! :D

oobinsnaffa said...

This is a pretty tasty recipe with beef, but my husband and I have been making it with lamb stew meat and it is deeeelicious.