Tuesday, June 21, 2011

CSA member submitted recipes: Slow Cooker Short Rib Ragu

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Meat CSA member Rachel sent along the recipe for this yummy meat sauce she made with ranch-raised grass fed beef and served it over homemade pasta. Sounds good to me. What time is dinner Rachel?

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 3 pounds boneless short ribs, cut into 3-inch pieces
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced small
  • 1 large carrot, diced small
  • 1 can (28 ounces) whole peeled tomatoes
  • 2 sprigs oregano or rosemary

Directions

  1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high. Season short ribs with salt and pepper. In batches, cook until browned on all sides, about 10 minutes total. Transfer ribs to a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker. Pour off all but 1 teaspoon fat from skillet, and add onion and carrot. Season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring, until vegetables are soft, 3 minutes. Add 1/2 cup juice from tomatoes, stirring and scraping up any browned bits from skillet with a wooden spoon.
  2. Transfer vegetables and liquid to slow cooker and add tomatoes, breaking them up as you go. Add herb sprigs; season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover and cook on high until meat is fork-tender, 6 hours.
  3. With a slotted spoon, remove herb sprigs and transfer meat to a cutting board. With a ladle or large spoon, skim fat from cooking liquid (you'll remove about 1 1/4 cups). With two forks, shred meat and return to cooking liquid. Serve immediately, or let cool in liquid and reheat over medium before serving.

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