Pumpkin Ale Braised Short Ribs with Mushrooms and Polenta is a rich and delicious dish perfect for warming the heart and soul during cold times.
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.
Pumpkin Ale Braised Short Ribs with Mushrooms and Polenta
- 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.
Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice
Mmm this is my kind of comfort food, Rachelle! This looks SO good! I love short ribs, but I’ve never made them myself before. Such a great idea to use pumpkin ale too…my favorite this time of year!
All That I'm Eating
How could anyone turn down a bowl of that?! Perfect autumn cooking.
Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
Wow! What a lovely and delicious looking comfort food, Rachelle! Pumpkin ale sounds like a great addition. And I am so much in love with these moody shots. 🙂
Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
Totally what dreams are made of Rachelle! Short ribs is one of my favorite dishes. I love your version with the pumpkin beer. Such fabulous comfort food!
David @ Spiced
Wow, this is my very definition of comfort food! And your photos are incredible, Rach! Some of your best photos yet! 🙂 So I’m kinda 50-50 on pumpkin ale. I always really want to like it, but then if it tastes like I’m drinking a slice of pie, then I get over it. Quickly. I’ve never used pumpkin ale in cooking, though, so I need to get on that. I also want to curl up on the couch with a bowl of this polenta and a good book. With a fire in the fireplace. 🙂
Thanks for the kind photo love, David! I have to admit that my own home brew pumpkin ale is a lot like pumpkin pie. We use graham extract in there and it’s awesome! I think you’d love it!
We’ll be here when you’re ready! in the mean time, I want to dream your dreams!! what a dish! It’s soo perfect! I haven’t tasted the pumpkin ale, but heck! I will this weekend and dream again! I love your pictures Rachelle!! beautiful, just beautiful
This looks so nice ♥
hugs! take all the time, you deserve it! xoxo This dish sounds very comforting!
karrie @ Tasty Ever After
Last week was a ridiculously long week too. Hope this week is better for you, girl. This is major comfort food and I love short ribs so much! Especially ones made with beer and mushrooms and put on top of creamy polenta. Sign me up and pass a big fork 🙂
Oh my goodness does this look satisfying on a long, cold day! And I don’t think I could say no to pumpkin ale.
Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
Well I’m glad last week is over for you Rach! And may this week be MUCH better! If not, well I recommend you just call in sick and curl up on the couch with a big ole bowl of this deliciousness and a few beers on the side. 😉 Seriously, this looks INCREDIBLE! And your photos are gorgeous, chicka! Love the flavors going on here.. I mean, if this isn’t the definition of comfort food, I don’t know what is!! Pinned! Cheers, sweets! xo
Kathleen | Hapa Nom Nom
Here’s hoping to things get better. In the meantime, this is one incredible comfort dish! Give me a big bowl of this, a blanket, and a couch and I’m one happy gal 🙂 Pinned of course!
Hoping things are better this week. I think we could all use some delicious comfort food right now! Love the pumpkin ale!