Pumpkin Ale Braised Short Ribs with Mushrooms and Polenta
It was a hell of a ride last week.
I had to take some time away and I’m still not ready to talk about it.
I’d rather focus on some comfort food instead. Comfort food in the form of short ribs cooked low and slow in pumpkin beer, combined with mushrooms to make a rich gravy, and piled high on a creamy cloud of polenta. And, of course, I say cheers and raise a glass to you with a warmly spiced pumpkin ale.
That, my friends, is what dreams are made of.
UPDATE: Y’all, I have to offer my apologies. I’m totally fine and nothing bad happened to me. I thought it was obvious that I was expressing my extreme displeasure with the election and all things political. I appreciate your support , kindness, and concern. Tune in next time and we’ll totally talk about Thanksgiving and fun things like beer.
- 4 tablespoons butter, divided
- 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 2 1/2 - 3 pounds short ribs
- 1 -2 cups flour
- salt and pepper
- 16 ounces pumpkin ale
- 12 ounces sliced mushrooms
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1 15 ounce can beef consomme
- Prepared polenta
- Heat oven to 275
- Prepare polenta according to package directions
- Melt 2 tablespoons butter into 2 tablespoons olive oil in a Dutch oven
- Add flour to a bowl and generously salt and pepper, stir to combine
- Dredge short ribs in flour and brown in Dutch oven in batches, 2-3 minutes each side
- Deglaze pan by pouring beer into pan and scrape up brown bits
- Return meat to pan, cover, and transfer to oven for 3 - 4 hours
- Remove meat from pan and shred from the bones, set aside
- In a cast iron skillet melt butter and olive oil over medium heat
- Add mushrooms, stir to coat, and leave alone for a few minutes then stir periodically until tender
- Sprinkle mushrooms with 1/4 cup flour, stir for about one minute
- Add consomme, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes or until thickened
- Add meat and any cooking liquid back into pan and cook until heated through
- Serve over polenta and garnish with parsley if desired
- I used NoDa Brewing Company’s Gordgeous Pumpkin Ale in this dish, which has cardamom and other spices in it. If you use a different pumpkin ale, you may want to add some additional seasonings.
- If you use the polenta in the tube from the produce section, I won’t judge. It’s a perfectly fine short cut.
- You can cook the short ribs in the beer ahead of time and then just make the polenta and mushroom gravy when ready to serve for an easy weeknight meal.