Thursday, May 12, 2011

Short Rib Sandwiches with Arugula

I have made this recipe before and it's one of the best sandwiches I've had. The meat is very tender and tasty, the onions contrast that with a slightly acidic note, and the arugula adds a nutty flavor and some crunch. The original recipe is from Bon Appetit ("Grilled Cheese and Short Rib Sandwich with Pickled Caramelized Onions and Arugula").

Short Ribs
5 pounds beef short ribs
2-3 tbsp butter
3 celery stalks, chopped
2 large carrots, coarsely chopped
1 1/4 cups dry red wine
1/2 cup beef broth
1/3 cup medium-dry Sherry
4-5 garlic cloves, peeled and quatered
3 bay leaves
1 - 1 1/2 tsp dried thyme
salt and pepper

Pickled Caramelized Onions
1 tbsp butter
2 large red onions, halved and thinly sliced crosswise
4 1/2 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 1/2 tsp sugar

Greek-style flatbread, toasted on the outside and halved horizontally
about 12 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, sliced
3-4 cups baby arugula

Sprinkle meat with salt and pepper. Melt butter in a large wide pot over high heat. Brown beef from all sides, set aside. Reduce heat to medium-high. Add celery, carrots, and onion to pot and sauté until beginning to soften and brown, stirring often, about 5 minutes. Add wine, broth, Sherry, garlic, bay leaves, and thyme. Bring to a boil, season with salt and pepper. Return meat to pot, arranging the ribs in a single layer. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 1 hour. Turn ribs over, cover pot, and simmer until ribs are tender and sauce is very thick, about 1 1/3 hours longer. Uncover, let cool slightly, and transfer beef to a large plate. Discard bay leaves and spoon fat off sauce. Remove meat from bones and trim off excess fat. Pull meat with two forks and return to sauce. Keep warm. In the meantime, prepare the onions. Heat butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions, sprinkle with salt, and cook, stirring frequently, until beginning to soften and brown, about 10 minutes. Add vinegar and sugar and cook until almost all vinegar is absorbed, 2-3 minutes. To assembly sandwiches, arrange arugula on bottom half of bread. Top with onions, then beef and cheese. Grill under broiler until cheese is melting. Cover with top half of bread and serve.

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