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Tuesday, March 24

Stout-glazed short ribs

Testing the texture differences between 48 and 72 cooking hours.
Active: 30 minutes; Sous vide: 48 to 72 hours; Reheat: 30 minutes
Beef short ribs, cut into four equal parts, trimmed of sinew & excess fat
2 pounds

Pepper, freshly ground

Butter, unsalted
2 tablespoon
Garlic, lightly crushed
3 cloves
Guinness or other dry stout
1 cup
Bay leaf
Beef broth, low-sodium
1 ½ cups
Hoisin sauce
2 tablespoons
Sugar, dark brown
1 tablespoon
Butter, canna-infused
1 tablespoon
  1. Preheat your sous vide water bath to 134.6°F. 
  2. Place the ribs in a gallon-size freezer-safe ziplock bag in a single layer, and seal using the water displacement method. 
  3. When the water reaches the target temperature, lower the bagged ribs into the water bath (ensuring the bag is fully submerged), and cook for 48 to 72 hours. (Chef's note: We decided on 48 over 72 hours as our preferred cooking time. The texture is soft at 48 hours but not entirely lost like starts to happen at 72 hours. I liked 72 to baby food.)
  4. Remove the bag from the water bath, and let the ribs rest for 10 minutes. 
  5. Transfer the ribs to a cutting board, reserving any cooking liquid in the bag for the glaze. 
  6. Pat the meat throughly dry with paper towels, slice into ½-inch patties, and season with salt and pepper. 
  7. Heat a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. 
  8. When the pan is hot, add the 2-tablespoons butter, which will sizzle and brown immediately. 
  9. Carefully place the rib patties in the pan, and sear until golden brown, about 1 minute. 
  10. Using tongs, flip the patties and brown for about 1 minute more, then transfer to a platter. 
  11. Drain off and discard all but 1 tablespoon of the fat from the pan, and return the pan to medium heat. 
  12. Add the garlic, and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, about 2 minutes. 
  13. Pour in the stout, which will immediately foam and bubble vigorously), and the bay leaf, and scrape the bottom to the pan with a wooden spoon to dislodge any browned bits. 
  14. Stir in the reserved cooking liquid, stock, hoisin sauce, and sugar, and then let the mixture come to a lively boil. 
  15. Reduce the liquid until it has a thick, syrupy consistency and is about one-fourth its original volume, about 15 minutes. (The viscosity is somewhere between maple syrup and molasses.) 
  16. Reduce the heat to low, and stir in 1-tablespoon canna-infused butter until it is completely incorporated. The sauce should be glossy and have a richly sweet, salty taste. 
  17. Remove the bay leaf and garlic cloves. 
  18. Return the short rib patties to the pan, and glaze them by spooning the sauce over them until they are completely coated. 
Serve with gougères and pickled red onions.
Recipe totally tainted from Sous Vide at Home by Lisa Q. Fetterman.

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