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Balsamic-Braised Beef Ribs
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Balsamic-Braised Beef Ribs

Decadent, fork-tender beef ribs are a crowd favourite. English-cut ribs are meaty single portion beef ribs that can be ordered at your butcher's counter; the balsamic vinegar helps moderate their richness. Serve with roasted or mashed potatoes and fresh summer vegetables.

By Irene Fong and The Test Kitchen

Source: Canadian Living Magazine: June 2013

Recipe3 out of 5 based on 58 ratings.
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  • Prep time 30 minutes
  • Total time 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Portion size 6


  • 6 pieces (3-inch/8 cm) 6 pieces (3-inch/8 cm)English-cut beef ribs, (about 4-1/2 lb/2 kg)
  • 1/4 tsp 1/4tspsalt
  • 1/4 tsp 1/4tsppepper
  • 1 tsp 1tspvegetable oil
  • 1 1large oniononions, thinly sliced
  • 3 3cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp 2tspchopped fresh rosemary
  • 1/4 cup 1/4cuptomato paste
  • 1/4 cup 1/4cupbalsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup 1cupsodium-reduced beef broth
  • 3 3bay leafbay leaves
  • 1/4 cup 1/4cupchopped fresh parsley
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Sprinkle ribs with pinch each of the salt and pepper. In large Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat; brown ribs, in batches. Remove from pan.

Drain all but 1 tbsp fat from pan. Add onion, garlic and rosemary; cook, stirring, until onion is softened, about 4 minutes. Stir in tomato paste; cook for 1 minute.

Add vinegar; cook, stirring, until slightly thickened, about 1 minute. Stir in beef broth, 1 cup water, bay leaves and remaining salt and pepper.

Return ribs to pan; cover and bake in 325ºF (160ºC) oven until meat is tender, about 2 hours.

With slotted spoon, transfer ribs to plate and keep warm. Skim fat from pan juices; cook sauce, uncovered, over medium-high heat until thickened enough to coat back of spoon, about 8 minutes. Discard bay leaves. Return ribs to pan, tossing to coat. Sprinkle with parsley.

Nutritional Information Per serving: about

cal 670 pro 38g total fat 53g sat. fat 21g
carb 7g dietary fibre 1g sugar 4g chol 123mg
sodium 338mg potassium 844mg

% RDI:

calcium 4 iron 24 vit A 4 vit C 10
folate 8
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