A crisp autumn evening, a fire in the fireplace, golden light in the room, a cozy gathering with a bunch of good friends—something braised is in order. Chef Traci Des Jardins gave us this basic but delicious recipe. Serve these short ribs with something that can soak up all the extra braising liquid, like our Classic Mashed Potatoes or Pancetta and Hominy Polenta.
What to buy: Most short ribs you’ll come across are cut English style. If you buy your meat from an Asian market, though, they may be cut thinner, which is called Korean style. We tested this recipe using the English-style ribs, and though you could use either cut, the Korean-style ribs will cook significantly faster.
Beverage pairing: A medium- to full-bodied red will work great with this hearty dish. Since there are no overt spices or very delicate textures, feel free to drink as big and badass as you like. A California wine that is always rock solid is the 2003 Cloverdale Ranch Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.