• Poutine with Balsamic-Short Rib Gravy & Cheese Curds


    6 Portions

    • Ingredients
    • Shortribs
      44 oz.
    • Salt
      as needed
    • Aleppo pepper
      as needed
    • Olive oil
      as needed
    • Onion
      11 oz.
    • Garlic cloves
      4 ea.
    • Carrot
      6 oz.
    • Celery
      4 oz.
    • Fennel
      4 oz.
    • Tomato paste
      3 Tbsp.
    • Sage sprigs
      4 ea.
    • Parsley sprigs
      4 ea.
    • Thyme sprigs
      4 ea.
    • Balsamic vinegar of Modena
      8 oz.
    • Dark beer
      12 oz.
    • Chicken stock
      32 oz.
    • Salt
      as needed
    • Ground black pepper
      as needed


    • Ingredients
    • Butter
      4 Tbsp.
    • All-purpose flour
      4 Tbsp.

    • Ingredients
    • Potatoes, cut into French fries
      6 ea
    • Canola oil, for frying
      as needed
    • Cheese curds
      as needed
    • Gremolata (find recipe here)
      as needed


    1. The night before you are going to cook, brush the short ribs on all sides with balsamic vinegar. Season them heavily with salt and Aleppo pepper. Place them on a rack, uncovered in the fridge overnight.
    2. Preheat the oven to 325°F.
    3. Heat a large heavy braising pot and brown all sides of the short ribs in olive oil.
    4. Remove the ribs to a rack.
    5. Sauté the onion, garlic, carrot, celery and fennel until it begins to caramelize, scraping the brown fond from the bottom of the pot.
    6. Add the tomato paste, herbs, balsamic, beer and chicken stock.
    7. Tuck the browned short ribs back into the vegetables, and season lightly with salt and pepper. The liquid should just come to the top of the ribs.
    8. Cover with parchment, tin foil and place in the oven.
    9. Cook for 2 ½ hours or until the meat is fork tender.
    10. When the meat is done, remove the ribs from the braise, to a plate. Strain the liquid and discard the vegetables.
    11. Pull the short ribs into large chunks with two forks.
    12. In a small saucepan, stir together the flour and butter to make a roux.
    13. Place the braising liquid in the stove and bring to a boil. When it is boiling add roux, whisking to thicken.
    14. Add the meat to the gravy and season to taste with salt, pepper and a touch of balsamic.
    15. Serve the piping hot gravy over fries with cheese curds and sprinkle with gremolata to garnish.
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