Slow Cooker

Braised Basque Short Ribs

January  4, 2011
2 Ratings
  • Serves 2
Author Notes

Last winter, I was on the hunt for the perfect short rib dish. One of the cooking magazines lead me to the idea of Provencal Short Ribs, and I have been making my own version of this dish ever since. Recently though, I had an open bottle of Rioja leftover from a dinner party begging to be used. I decided to make these short ribs again with a little Basque-ish flare--pimenton, red bell pepper, and this wine. The combination is pretty versatile, and you can even go for something more fusion-y, adding herbs de Provence, and nicoise olives instead of Spanish (I prefer black to green anyway). - BigGirlPhoebz —PhoebeLapine

Test Kitchen Notes

Such a luscious dinner for two, BigGirlPhoebz's recipe for braised Basque ribs is both sophisticated in its balance of flavors, and comforting in its rich heartiness. It would be just perfect for a candlelight dinner in your favorite pajamas, with your friend or love, on a cold winter's weekend night. We loved the earthiness of the smoked paprika, and found that the addition of olives to the end of the recipe added just the right amount of saltiness to the dish, no more was needed from the shaker. —Jennifer Ann

What You'll Need
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound beef short ribs (about 2 ribs--ask the butcher to cut in half)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 small red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon smoked Paprika (pimenton)
  • 3/4 cup Rioja (or other red wine)
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • ½ cup diced tomatoes
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ¼ cup pitted Kalamata or Nicoise olives
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves
  1. # 1 Position a rack in the center of oven and preheat to 300°F. Heat olive oil in a medium Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed saucepan over high heat. Brown short ribs on all sides, about 2 minutes per side. Remove to plate.
  2. Reduce heat to medium. Add onions and carrots. Sauté until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the peppers, garlic and paprika, and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Stir in red wine, stock, tomatoes, salt, and bay leaf and return heat to high. Bring to simmer, cover, and bake in oven about 2 1/2 hours, until very tender, turning short ribs over halfway through cooking.
  3. Remove pot from oven and spoon off excess fat from surface. Carefully remove short ribs to plate. Discard bay leaf and bring sauce to a boil over high heat. Reduce until liquids thicken and reduce by one third, about 8 minutes. Off heat, stir in olives and taste for seasoning. Return short ribs to pot and heat through. To serve, divide the short ribs between two plates, ladle sauce over top, garnish with parsley, and serve with crusty French bread.
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7 Reviews

cincoymaya January 8, 2020
Delicious flavors. Poured most of the day out of the pan before adding the veges. Added mixed dried mushrooms since the short ribs were not very meaty. Served with polenta and Malbec.
I'd make this again but use a different, less fatty cut of meat.
Joan B. March 24, 2019
I need to make this for 6-8 people. Should I triple all ingredients and cook for the same amount of time or will it need longer? If anyone has made bigger batches, I’d appreciate any advice you can offer.
Donna J. March 10, 2018
Have made these a few times and alway good, I serve them over polenta,
Elise F. February 22, 2018
These are my favorite and I want to eat them every week for dinner.
Marta March 6, 2014
Lovely dish although I felt that it needed a bit of kick so next time I will use a bit of spicy pimenton or guindilla. I also pureed half of the sauce so it had a thicker consistency and a more concentrated flavor.
Sagegreen January 5, 2011
Really lovely! Rioja and smoked pimenton, perfect.
Oui, C. January 5, 2011
Mmmm...a blend of provencal and basque-ish, you are talking my language Phoebz, these sound fabulous! - S