Monthly Archives: April 2011

Top Chef Extravaganza!

As many of you know, I LOVE LOVE LOVE Top Chef. I can be a little obsessed about it. During the shows, I would exchange texts with Jen Baker and constantly check my twitter account for chef commentary. Yup….I’m a nerd!

So to celebrate the finale of Top Chef. I decided to make Tom Colicchio’s braised short ribs. This was a 2 day process, but it was definitely worth it.
I seasoned the short ribs in salt and peper

Then I pan fried them

I made the braising marinade

Meat and Marinade ready for the flavors to marry over night

The next evening, I combined the meat and marinade with some chicken stock and placed in the oven for 1.5 hours.

By the time the above step was complete it was 8 pm and I was starving, even though I had been munching on cheese and crackers. I needed something substantial.

To accompany these beautiful short ribs. I made some garlic cheddar mash potatoes. I have to say, mine are better than Shane’s. I think it’s all about the cheese. The cheese was so salty that I didn’t have to add extra salt to the mash. I always need to eat something green; so I went to my all time favorite, blanched asparagus. Who cares if it makes your pee smell funny. It’s really tasty.

This was one of the tastiest meals I have made, but there are some improvements that could have been made. I didn’t have the correct amount of protein stated in the recipe so I kind of used 2/3 of everything. However, I didn’t calculate 2/3 of the cooking time. These ribs should have been super soft. We also could have waited for the last 3 steps in the recipe

If you want to recreate this you can find the recipe below.

Let me know what if you guys try this recipe and tell me what you think.