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Meat and potato poppers

January  6, 2011
Author Notes

I have a love affair with slow roasted meats. It's most definitely my comfort food. I searched through the other recipes and they all look so delicous. I thought what can we do with the leftovers? So I created this one for that reason, and because it's like dinner in a bite and no utensils necessary. I topped some with sour cream and some with gorgonzola cheese. This is what we call "chefs choice". You can add cream cheese, chives, scallions, cheddar, you name it. —One Spicy Dish

  • Makes 20 bites
  • 2 pounds Short Ribs
  • 2 tablespoons Canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon Both salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup Yellow Onion Chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Chopped Garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Tomato Paste
  • 1/2 cup Red Wine
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 2 pieces Bay Leaf
  • 2 sprigs Thyme
  • 2 pounds bite size yukon gold potatoes
  • 2 cups Thinly sliced red onions
  • 1 cup White Vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Red Wine Vinegar
  • 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 5 pieces Whole Cloves
  • 6 tablespoons Crumbled Gorgonzola Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Sour Cream
In This Recipe
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Heat oil in large, heavy bottom pot with tight fitting lid. Meanwhile, pat the ribs dry and season with salt and pepper
  2. Brown meat over medium high heat until meat releases from pan. Be sure to not overcrowd the pan to ensure proper browning. Depending on the size of your pan you may need to do this in multiple batches.
  3. Once all pieces are browned on all sides, remove to plate and set aside
  4. Drain most grease from pan reserving about two tablespoons. Lower heat to medium. Add onions and sweat for 3-4 minutes.
  5. Add tomato paste and cook about a minute.
  6. Time to add the wine, be sure to reserve enough for the chef! If using a gas stove,for safety, remove the pan from the flame and add wine, return to heat. Take care to scrape the yummy bits of brown from the bottom of the pan. Add the water. Simmer the mixture for 3-4 minutes.
  7. Add the meat and it's juices back into the wine mixture. Cover with tight fitting lid and bake until meat falls off the bone and shreds easily. About 2 hours. While ribs are baking, prepare the pickled onions.
  8. Blanch thinly sliced red onions in boiling water for one minute, drain and run under cool water.
  9. In another saucepan, heat the white vinegar, red vinegar, sugar, cloves and one of the bay leaves. Boil for five minutes. Add the onions. Continue to boil for another minute. Transfer to glass dish, let cool. Then refridgerate.
  10. To prepare the potatoes, boil them whole in salty water until easily pricked with a fork. Drain and set aside to cool enough to handle. Once cool, cut the ends off just slightly so each one is flat. Then cut in half. With a melon baller scoop out the insides of each half, leaving a small "rim" around the potato to make a bowl.
  11. To assemble poppers: Once ribs are done, remove from oven, let cool slightly. Turn the oven to Broil. Place meat on cutting board to shred meat and get rid of any fatty parts.
  12. Fill the potato bowls with meat. Top with the pickled onions, a bit of the crumbled cheese. Place under broiler for about a minute to melt cheese. Remove and add sour cream if you wish.
  13. Plate up and enjoy!!!
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