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Playing Sweet and Sour (‘Agrodolce’) Braised Beef Short Ribs with Pink Horseradish Cream


  • 1 quart beef stock
  • A fat handful or small package dried porcini mushrooms (optional but recommended)
  • 6 meaty beef short ribs
  • Salt and pepper
  • Flour, for dredging
  • Olive oil, 3 turns of the pan
  • 4 onions, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 7 to 8 leaves of sage, sliced
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons rosemary, chopped
  • 1 cup spicy dry red wine
  • 1/2 pound black skinned seedless grapes
  • 1/4 cup aged Balsamic vinegar
For the Sauce
  • 1/4 cup prepared horseradish with beet, Gold’s preferred brand
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened/natural applesauce
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped chives
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
  • Salt and pepper


Serves: 6


Preheat oven to 325°F. Heat stock in a small pot and add porcini to plump them up. 
Dredge meat in salt-and-pepper seasoned flour. Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. When oil smokes, brown short ribs on all sides then remove to a plate. To the pot, add vegetables, garlic, sage and rosemary; season with salt and pepper. Cover pot and sweat vegetables to soften a bit, stirring occasionally. Add wine and reduce by half; add grapes, vinegar, reconstituted porcini and the stock (leaving behind any sediment that may have settled at the bottom). Bring to a boil then add meat back in and transfer to oven. Braise meat 2 1/2 hours or until very tender. 

Remove meat to platter and pass sauce through a food mill with all the ingredients or strain sauce through a coarse sieve pushing vegetable bits through.
Combine sauce ingredients in small bowl and pass with meat and Mashed Potatoes and Parsnips