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Crispy Potato-Wrapped Braised Short Ribs

Braised short ribs

This classic short ribs recipe, but with a twist, is sure to impress!

Recipe courtesy of Chef Leigh Hesling

Serves 4


  • 8 lbs. beef short ribs
  • salt & pepper
  • 4 cups J. Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet
  • 6 oz. celery, diced roughly
  • 12 oz. carrots, diced roughly
  • 12 oz. yellow onions, diced roughly
  • 1⁄2 oz. fresh rosemary sprigs
  • 6 oz. shallots, cut in half
  • 3 oz. fresh garlic, whole cloves 12 oz bottle root beer
  • 5 qt. beef stock
  • 2 russet potatoes
  • duck fat for frying


  1. Salt and pepper the short ribs liberally, and sauté in a very hot, deep-sided pan, browning on all sides. Remove ribs from the pan and add celery, carrots, onion, rosemary and shallots. Cook vegetables until they have caramelized. Deglaze the pan with the four cups of J. Lohr Estates Cabernet and reduce until approximately 90% of the liquid evaporates. Add root beer and short ribs, and cover with beef stock. Cook on stovetop, or in a 350°F oven, until meat falls off the bone (about one and a half to two hours). Remove ribs and debone. Save liquid.
  2. Strain the liquid through a fine strainer several times until all particles are removed. Place liquid in a pan, reduce by 3⁄4 and reserve for service. Place each uncooked whole potato in a Japanese mandolin/turning slicer and create long, continuous potato strings. Each potato should yield enough to wrap two portions of short rib. Wrap each short rib portion with potato strings and drop into fryer filled with duck fat. Fry until golden and crispy. Serve with reserved braising liquid.
  3. Serve the short ribs with crème fraiche mashed potatoes, haricot vert and a reduction of the braising liquid. Enjoy with a glass of J. Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet!

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