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Short Rib Cottage Pie


Pull-apart tender beef short ribs cooked in a rich gravy flavored with red wine, rosemary, and thyme then covered with whipped potatoes and baked into a pie.

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  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 1/2 pounds boneless short ribs, small dice
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium carrot, small dice 4 ounces button mushrooms, quartered
  • 2 1/2 cups red wine, preferably Burgundy Pinot Noir, divided
  • 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • 2 pounds (6 medium) Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan, grated
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened


Servings 1
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Step 1

Make the braised short ribs: In a 6-quart dutch oven, melt the butter over medium high heat. Cook until it begins to brown, 2 minutes, then add the short ribs and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring as needed, until golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the short ribs to a bowl and toss with the flour to coat.

Add the garlic, onions and carrots to the pot, and sweat until they soften, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook another 2 minutes. Pour in 1/2 cup of red wine, scraping the bottom to deglaze the pan. Cook until the liquid has evaporated and the vegetables begin to caramelize, 8 to 10 minutes.

Add the reserved short ribs, the remaining wine, the rosemary and thyme to the pot and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low and cook, covered, until tender 45 to 55 minutes. Preheat the oven to 375ºF.

Meanwhile, make the whipped potatoes: Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the potatoes until tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Drain the potatoes well and transfer to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Whip the potatoes until smooth and no longer steaming, 5 to 7 minutes, then add the remaining ingredients and mix until incorporated.

Spread the braised short ribs evenly in a 9-inch pie dish. Top with the whipped potatoes and place the dish on a baking sheet. Bake until the potatoes begin to caramelize, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool slightly, then serve.

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