Cabernet-Braised Short Ribs over Olive-Potato Pancakes

Cabernet-braised short ribs with olive-potato pancakes (cropped)
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Ingredients

    Ingredients for the short ribs:

    • 4 bone-in beef short ribs (about 2 pounds)
    • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
    • 3 tablespoons diced pancetta
    • 3 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
    • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
    • 1/4 cup finely chopped fennel
    • 1/4 cup finely chopped carrot
    • 1 tablespoon flour
    • 1 1/2 cups cabernet sauvignon
    • 3/4 cup beef stock
    • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
    • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
    • 1 can (2.2-oz.) sliced California Ripe Olives, drained
    • 3 tablespoons tomato paste

    Ingredients for the olive-potato pancakes:

    • 3 pounds Russet potatoes, peeled
    • 1 cup snipped fresh chives
    • 2/3 cup flour
    • 1 can (2.2-oz.) chopped California Ripe Olives
    • 2 teaspoons garlic salt
    • Freshly ground pepper to taste
    • 4 eggs

    Directions

    Directions for the short ribs:

    Season short ribs with salt and pepper. Sear on all sides in a large saucepan over high heat. Remove from pot and set aside.

    Add pancetta, garlic, onion, celery, fennel and carrot; cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, for 10 minutes. Stir in flour and cook for 1 minute more. Add wine, stock, herbs, olives and tomato paste to pot, scraping up any browned bits on the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Return short ribs and any juices to the pan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer over very low heat, covered but with the lid cracked, for 2 1/2 hours.

    Remove cover and simmer over medium-high heat for 30 minutes more or until ribs are very tender and sauce has thickened.

    Serve over Olive-Potato Pancakes.

    Directions for the olive-potato pancakes:

    Coarsely grate potatoes and place in a bowl of ice water to keep from discoloring.

    Stir together chives, flour, olives, garlic salt, pepper and eggs in a medium bowl. Drain the potatoes and firmly squeeze out excess moisture; stir into egg mixture.

    Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until very hot.  Spoon 1 heaping tablespoon of potato mixture for each pancake into skillet. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes per side, flattening with the back of a spatula and cooking until golden brown and crisp on both sides. Repeat with remaining oil and potato mixture.

    Place a spoonful of Cabernet-Braised Short Ribs onto each pancake.