Braised hoisin beer short ribs with creamy mashed yukons and sesame snow peas

  • Preparation Time25 mins
  • Cooking Time200 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyMedium

For the ribs

1 1/4 kg beef short ribs, about 10 ribs
Salt and freshly ground pepper
2 tbsps vegetable oil
10 to 12 garlic cloves smashed
2 cm piece ginger, peeled and sliced into 1/2 cm slices
340 ml good ale (recommended: Bass)
3 tbsps rice wine vinegar
225 g hoisin sauce
Creamy mashed Yukons, recipe follows
Sesame snow peas, recipe follows

For the creamy mashed Yukons

1 1/4 kg Yukon gold potatoes, peeled
60 g butter, melted
225 ml single cream
Salt and pepper
1 bunch chives, chopped

For the sesame snow peas

450 g snow peas
3 tbsps vegetable oil
1 tbsp dark sesame oil
1 tsp sesame seeds
Salt and pepper

1) Season the ribs generously with salt and pepper. Heat the vegetable oil in a large heavy pot with a lid (Dutch oven) over high heat. Brown the ribs on all sides, in batches if necessary. Remove the ribs and pour off all but a couple tablespoons of the rendered fat.

2) Return the pot to the stove, lower the heat to medium and saute the garlic and ginger for about 3 minutes. Add the ribs back to the pot. Add the beer and the vinegar. Stir and then cover and simmer for 2 1/2 hours.

3) Preheat the oven to 150 degrees C.

4) Pour the hoisin sauce over the ribs, move the pot to the oven, and cook, uncovered, for 30 minutes.

5) Remove ribs and ginger from sauce. Strain fat from the top of the pot so that you're left with just the good stuff. Serve with creamy mashed Yukons and sesame snow peas.

6) Make the Yukons: boil potatoes until fork tender. Heat the butter and cream over medium heat until hot, but not boiling. Drain the potatoes, return them to the pot and mash with a hand masher. Add hot liquid to potatoes and whip with an electric hand mixer until smooth. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper. Add chives and mix before serving.

7) Make the snowpeas: rinse the peas and trim off the ends. In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, add the oils and heat. Add snow peas and saute until bright green, about 2 to 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds and toss.

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