Braised Ribs


We don't have ribs often, save for when we order the salt n pepper variety from the Chinese.....These were a nice change, home-cooked and an expansion of my repertoire. Make sure your ribs are very well dried (remember Julia Child in Julie & Julia) or they won't brown and attain the nice brown sugar crust you seek!

What you will need

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 medium onion, finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

Salt, to taste

1 kg short ribs

2 teaspoons mixed herbs (I used a Greek mix which has oregano, parsley, mint and thyme)

1 teaspoon Piment d’Espelette (or a mix of sweet paprika and chilli powder)

1-2 cups water

1 cup short grain rice (I used paella ‘La Bomba’ rice)

1/3 cup dried currants

15 natural/raw almonds, roughly chopped

Zest of 1 lemon, and some juice

Zest of 1 orange, and some juice

1 clove garlic, minced

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoonspons chopped fresh herbs - parsley, coriander or mint

salt and pepper, to taste

20 – 40 preserved grape leaves


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