Leftover Short Ribs
In our house, I make extra short ribs because my family enjoys having them the next day as leftover short ribs. Here are some ideas for what you can do with your leftover short ribs and please let me know in the comment section some of your ideas.
This is the perfect time of year to prepare braised short ribs in your Dutch oven or handy crock pot. The cooking magazines are filled with recipes for short ribs and no shortage of variations is available. I have a recipe for Crock Pot Short Ribs and one for Short Ribs with Asian Flavors braised more traditionally.
Typically, I make extra when I prepare them at home because I know the leftovers, including the luscious sauce made from the braising liquid, will be incredibly delicious. Besides, serving them the next day gives the cooking liquid time to let the fat surface to the top of your storage container and be removed, making the dish less fatty, healthier for your diet, and in my opinion, tastier than the original night.
What to Serve Leftover Short Ribs On
You can serve leftover short ribs on just about anything, which will be delicious. My favorite is rice, potatoes, couscous, risotto, egg noodles, or pappardelle pasta. Not always easy to find, but I'm seeing pappardelle in many more supermarkets these days. I found some at a decent price at Trader Joes, but you can also purchase pappardelle online at Amazon.com.
On or Off the Bone?
I like it both ways. Often I'll take the meat off the bone if I have time, but when in a hurry, like in the middle of the week when I have about 20 minutes to put dinner on the table, I'll leave the meat on the bone, reheat, and serve.
There really is only so much else to do but make a salad and/or serve it with a side vegetable like sauteed spinach. The flavors from the braising liquids will make this leftover dish incredibly tasty. I highly recommend next time you braise short rips; you prepare a few extra for another meal the next night or later in the week. Two meals from one dish, each both equally good.
Our girl keeps an eye on the cooking, hoping something will fall from the counter.
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