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Braised Short Ribs with Star Anise Bay Leaf and Orange Zest

Serves 4-6
Brian Streeter
Pairs well with:
Zinfandel, Red Hills Lake County

Chef Brian Streeter shares a perfect recipe to prepare for a cool fall day.
These slow-cooked short ribs are tender and deeply flavorful. Enjoy with our Cakebread Cellars Zinfandel.


4 lbs. short ribs, bone in
2 T. vegetable oil
1 carrot, diced
1 onion, diced
1 stalk celery, diced
1 T. tomato paste
2 c. red wine
2 c. beef broth
1 piece star anise
3 strips orange zest
2 bay leaves
salt and pepper


Preheat oven to 350°F. Season short ribs with salt and pepper. In a wide, heavy bottom stainless steel saucepan, brown short ribs over high heat with vegetable oil, until brown on all sides. Remove from the pan, add the vegetables and sauté for 5 minutes to carmelize. Stir in the tomato paste. Deglaze with the red wine and reduce by half. Add the beef broth, star anise, orange zest and bay leaves. Return the short ribs to the pan, lower the heat to a simmer, cover and place in the middle of the oven. Cook for 3 hours or until beef is tender and is pulling away from the bone. Remove beef and strain broth into a saucepan. Skim the top of broth of fat and reduce to a light sauce consistency. Pour the sauce back over the short ribs and serve with potato puree, noodles or your favorite accompaniment.

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