I'm a huge fan of Suzanne Goin's short ribs, slow-braised in red wine and port. My current obsession with Japanese cooking led me to adapt her recipe with a different set of ingredients. Sweet mirin replaces the port and red miso adds a rich complexity that's offset by daikon radish. Suzanne serves hers with pureed potatoes, and I think some accompanying starch is in order here, too, whether rice, potatoes or taro root. —gluttonforlife
bone-in short ribs, about 14 ozs each
shiso leaves, 6 minced and 4 left whole
cracked black pepper
grapeseed (or other neutral) oil
cloves garlic, minced
leek, white & pale green only, diced
brown rice vinegar
red miso, mixed with 1/4 cup hot water
dry red wine
good quality beef stock
10" daikon radish, peeled, halved lengthwise and cut into 1/2" slices
Combine shiso, pepper and yuzu zest and rub all over ribs. Refrigerate overnight.
Remove meat from fridge and let come to room temperature, about 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Heat a large Dutch oven over high heat. Pour in 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil and sear ribs on all sides. Don’t crowd the pan; do this in batches if necessary. When nicely browned, remove ribs to a platter.
Lower heat to medium and add vegetables to pot. Sautee until lightly caramelized, about 6-8 minutes. Turn up heat and add diluted miso, rice vinegar, mirin and red wine. Stir well and reduce by about half. Add beef stock and bring to a boil. Turn off heat. Return ribs and any accumulated juices to the pot. Broth should almost cover ribs. Tuck 4 shiso leaves around meat and cover pot with a tight lid (or two layers of aluminum foil). Place in the oven.
After two hours, remove from oven, carefully take lid off and add daikon. You can also turn the ribs over now. Replace lid and return to oven for another hour. Remove from oven after a total of 3 hours and check for doneness by sliding the tip of a paring knife into a rib. It should yield easily and almost fall off the bone. Cool slightly.
Remove ribs to a platter. Strain broth through a fine mesh into a saucepan, placing daikon slices with the ribs, and pressing on the solids to extract every bit of juice. Ideally, I prefer to serve this dish the next day. If doing so, now you would refrigerate the broth, ribs and daikon separately. If not, skim fat from the broth now. If it seems thin, reduce slightly over high heat. Taste for seasoning.
Turn oven up to 400 degrees. Place ribs on a baking sheet and brown for 10-15 minutes.
Heat sauce and daikon in a saucepan, tasting for seasoning. To serve, place browned ribs over rice, mashed potatoes or taro root and pour sauce on top, arranging some slices of daikon alongside.