Beef Short Ribs & Coffee, Ancho and Cinnamon Sauce

Sep 11, 2007 by kiteless | 0 Comments| Share it:   

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Intro

Ok, so I’m not going to get any presentation points for this one. It looks like slop. I know. But it tastes really good! The coffee gives it a strong, slightly smoky and robust backbone, while the cinnamon, chilies, and maple syrup all compliment it really nicely with a little sweet, a little heat. I served mine with oven roasted sweet potatoes and shallots (cubed and roasted with olive oil, salt, and pepper, in a single layer in a 425 degree F oven for about 45 minutes or until potatoes and shallots are lightly browned and tender). But I think something softer would have been better: mashed potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, polenta, etc. to sop up all that lovely juice.

Info

  • Prep: ~30 mins.
  • Cook: 3+ hrs.
  • Serves: 5

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Ingredients

  • 2 lbs beef short ribs (these are chuck)
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 cup coffee strongly brewed
  • 1 1/2 TB tomato paste
  • 2-3 dried ancho chilies
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2-4 TB maple syrup
  • salt
  • pepper

Step 1

Microwave 2 ancho chilies in just enough water to cover for about 45 seconds, or until hot. Set aside and let soak.

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Step 2

Using a regular blender, mini food processor, or hand blender, blend with some of the soaking water until mixture is thin paste. Set aside.

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Step 3

Chop onions and garlic. Set aside.

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Step 4

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Season short ribs with salt and pepper.

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Step 5

In a large dutch oven over medium-high heat, brown the beef short ribs in small batches until brown on both sides. Do not crowd in the pan.

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Step 6

Remove from pan and set aside on a plate.

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Step 7

Reduce the heat to medium-low, add the onion, cover, and stir occasionally until tender, translucent and it has picked up some brown color, about 10 minutes.

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Step 8

Add the garlic and cook 1 minute. Push aside the onions and garlic, add the tomato paste and let cook for a few minutes. Add the spices and let cook a few more minutes, until spices are aromatic. Add coffee, chile paste, and 2 TB of the maple syrup. Taste and adjust seasoning as necessary with salt, pepper, and maple syrup.

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Step 9

Add the beef back to the pot with any accumulated juices. Place in the oven for about 2.5 hours, checking and turning about every 40 minutes.

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Step 10

Beef is done when tender, and sauce has mellowed.

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Step 11

Remove beef from pot, let cool slightly.

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Step 12

Blend sauce. Return meat to pan, and serve.

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Step 13

Serve your Beef Short Ribs with Coffee, Ancho and Cinnamon Sauce.

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