Kumquat-Braised Short Ribs
Vibrant kumquats add a burst of color and citrus flavor to braised beef. In lieu of brisket, short ribs, still on the bone, are meaty and moist. Serve them with a simple sauce made with the cooking juices.
- 8 bone-in short ribs (2 inches thick; 31/2 to 4 pounds total)
- Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 medium carrots, chopped (about 1 cup)
- 2 celery stalks, chopped (about 1 cup)
- 1 large onion, chopped (about 2 cups)
- 1 1/4 cups brandy
- 4 cups homemade or store-bought low-sodium beef stock
- 1 cup water
- 1 pint kumquats, halved (about 1 cup), plus more whole for serving (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Season short ribs on both sides with salt and pepper. Spread flour on a shallow plate. Dredge each short rib in flour to coat, shaking off excess.
Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Working in batches and reducing heat if necessary, sear short ribs on all sides, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate.
Reduce heat to medium. Add vegetables to Dutch oven. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Return short ribs to Dutch oven. Add brandy, and cook for 2 minutes. Add stock, water, and halved kumquats. Bring to a boil. Cover, and transfer to oven. Bake until very tender, 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Transfer short ribs to a platter.
Pour sauce through a fine sieve into a small pot; discard solids. Skim off excess fat, and cook over medium heat until reduced by half, about 15 minutes. Serve short ribs with sauce, and whole kumquats if desired.