I always tell myself that I'm going to get more organized about Hanukkah. I'm always telling myself that A) I'm going to buy everyone their dream gift far enough in advance that I won't be stressed out, B) I'm going to stop baking the iced dreidel cookies 5 minutes before my guests arrive, and C) That I will not make latkes and smell like a deep fryer for eight days.
SO....... I'm 1 for 3. That's progress, right? Rigggghhhhhttttt? If I want to be realistic about it, the first two really aren't going to happen. Like ever. The first night of Chanukah is Wednesday night, and I spent all of yesterday (Monday) running around like a beheaded chicken. I'm a bit of a perfectionist, so I want my gifts for my friends and family to elicit more than just a "That's really cool. Thanks!" response and aim for a "How did you know I wanted this?!? I love it!" response. Which, of course meant that I was running all over Columbus for 10 hours straight, all the while checking the tracking number for J's present on my phone obsessively (and his present is so, so awesome, but I can't even tell you what it is, because I'm pretty sure he sneakily reads my blog posts).
Anyway, while I was doing all of this, I'm pretty sure that I forgot to eat -- as in, an "I'm-pretty-sure-I-had-half-an-apple-all-day-and-nothing-else" kind of day. So -- big shock -- I came home starving, ready to eat the entire contents of my fridge. I wasn't just hungry, I was haaaangry (anger that sprouts from hunger), at this point. Luckily for me, I had cranberry braised short ribs, courtesy of KOL Foods, waiting for me.
Oh. My. G-d. We need to take a second to talk about these short ribs (or flanken, as it's sometimes called). People always ask me where I buy my meat, since it's really hard to find Kosher grass-fed meat. KOL Foods is my solution.
They are THE ONLY supplier of glatt-kosher, 100% grass-fed, domestic meat in America. As a company, they are committed to providing kosher meat that was never confined to pens, has no added hormones, and no antibiotics. And believe me, after one bite, you can taste the difference. It was so delicious, I ate it for breakfast because I just couldn't wait till lunch.
I decided to craft a cranberry glazed short rib recipe since Thanksgiving is coming up and I wanted to incorporate some of the traditional flavors from that meal. But if short ribs aren't your thing, KOL Foods also carries equally as delicious salmon, duck, steaks, turkey... When it comes to grass-fed kosher meat, you can't do better. And the best part? It's delivered right to your door! You just can't beat convenience like that.
Braised Cranberry Beef Short Ribs
2 pounds of KOL Foods Flanken
2 tbsp coconut flour
sea salt + pepper, to taste
3 tbsp olive oil
3 small red onions
1 1/4 cup chicken stock
1 1/4 cup red wine ( I used Israeli pomegranate wine, but anything you have lying around will work just fine)
fresh cranberries + mint/cilantro (for garnish)
- Cut the flanken into large slices, if necessary to make more manageable. Spoon 2 tbsp of coconut flour with your desired amount sea salt and pepper into a large plastic Ziploc bag. Then add the beef and shake to coat the pieces. Thinly slice the onions.
- Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a large frying pan (preferably one with a lid). Add the flanken and cook it on all sides until evenly browned. You may need to do this in two batches. Remove from the pan and let it sit on a plate.
- Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in the pan if you need more, then add the red onions and fry quickly for 5 minutes until tinged brown. Then return your cooked beef to the pan and slowly add the red wine and chicken stock. Bring to the boil, stirring constantly to scrape up the juices. Sprinkle with sea salt and cracked pepper.
- Reduce the heat, cover tightly with a lid and cook at a gentle simmer for 1 1⁄2 hours until the beef is tender. Stir in the cranberry sauce, taste and add more seasoning if necessary. Simmer for a further 5 minutes and serve with mashed sweet potatoes, garnishing with fresh cranberries or cilantro.
DISCLOSURE: I received product to review from KOL Foods, however I was not paid for my opinion, nor did this influence my review either positively or negatively. I have posted my honest, unbiased opinion of this brand's product.