Beef Ribs, Coconut Braised

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Beef Ribs, Coconut Braised

Post  syrah on Tue Aug 05, 2008 7:20 am

Hello All

I tried this recipe from the Cook and the Chef last week. It was delicious and much better on the second day. I think it would be a winner in the crockpot. All that slow cooking would make the meat melt in your mouth.

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Beef Ribs, Coconut Braised
Ingredients
Simonís recipe is inspired by David Thompson
Serves 4

8 bone beef ribs with as much cap fat as you can get!
4 Coriander roots
4 cm piece ginger, roughly sliced
3cm piece galangal, roughly sliced
4 garlic cloves
3 star anise
2 cassia sticks
4 scud chillies (or use birdseyes if you can't get scuds)
1 red chilli
50g Palm sugar
30ml Fish sauce
1 lime juice and zest
2 lemongrass stalks bruised
1 tin coconut cream

Method
Place ribs in an ovendish.

Roughly chop smashed, washed coriander roots, galangal, ginger, garlic, star anise, and cassia in a mortar and lay the mixture over the ribs. Bruise the chillies and add, then the palm sugar, lime zest and juice, fish sauce and finally pour the coconut cream over the top. Top with broken, bruised lemongrass stalks.

Bake 180 for about 2 hours, basting with juices. You may need to add 1/2 tin more of coconut cream if the sauce cooks away and the meat dries. The ribs should be falling apart and the sugars and coconut cream should be a deep caramel. There should be rendered beef fat floating in the coconut cream on the tray, pour these juices and the sediment on the tray over the beef and serve with steamed rice, and mandarin salad. Could also serve just with rice, fresh coriander and a squeeze of lime.

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Re: Beef Ribs, Coconut Braised

Post  Mad Gnome on Wed Aug 06, 2008 9:18 am

Thanks for this, syrah! I shall give it a go in the slow cooker on the weekend.

I tend to throw all kinds of veggies on top of the meat half-way through cooking time, when I cook in the slow cooker. This should work here, too, I think.

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Post  Blossom on Wed Aug 06, 2008 12:42 pm

Thought you were losing weight! affraid

Sound extremely yummy though. Might break out and feed my bad dragon............. drunken

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Post  Mad Gnome on Wed Aug 06, 2008 12:54 pm

Gee, thanks for reminding me! Wink

I know, but, but, but......

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Post  Blossom on Thu Aug 07, 2008 1:32 pm

What exactly are beef ribs - they sound large. I've use pork ribs but never used beef ones.

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Re: Beef Ribs, Coconut Braised

Post  Mad Gnome on Fri Aug 08, 2008 4:48 am

Pork ribs are my favourite, but we happen to have beef ribs in the freezer. They are longer and thicker, also fattier. I regard them as 'oilier'. I will put them on a trivet or similar in the slow cooker, so that the juices and fat can flow off and the ribs don't sit in the fat. Then the veggies on top of the ribs - so no fat touches them but they'll be tasty.

Will report back after Saturday. Smile

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Re: Beef Ribs, Coconut Braised

Post  syrah on Fri Aug 08, 2008 6:14 am

I think you need to try this with the beef ribs. Friend at work says you can get beef ribs at (heaven forbid) Woolies. I'm trying to give up Stupidmarkets. I wonder what this recipe will be like with chicken. Next experiment.

I hate to say it but I think you need the fat in the recipe. We just ate small portions of the ribs with steamed vegies with the lovely sauce poured over.

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Post  Mad Gnome on Fri Aug 08, 2008 6:30 am

Thanks for the advice. I believe you do, otherwise the ribs might be a bit dry. Strange as it sounds.

Yes, we have seen beef ribs at Woolies.
We are able to last weeks without going to a supermarket. It's a new and great feeling! Our favourite fruit & veg shop stocks all the dairy products we like. All local, organic/biodynamic milk, cheese, sourcream, quark, etc.

The interesting thing is that the use-by date of the milk is nearly 1 week longer than the same product bought at woolies. That tells you a lot about their distribution system. The dairy is in the hills and only 1 hour's drive away. So the fruit & veg shop gets the products direct. Whereas stupormarkets get their products to a distribution centre first, etc. Takes them several days to get even perishables into the shelves.

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Post  Mad Gnome on Sat Aug 09, 2008 9:37 am

Ribs are in the slow cooker and a wonderful fragrance is starting to invade the kitchen.

Especially nice as it is pouring and hailing like mad out there. We did have 30 minutes of sunshine during which I managed to pot up a few self-sown seedlings for a neighbour who is very keen to start her own edible garden.

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Re: Beef Ribs, Coconut Braised

Post  Mad Gnome on Mon Aug 11, 2008 4:48 am

Well, here is the verdict.
Nice, but not a hit. It confirmed that we prefer pork ribs and dishes without coconut milk. It's a great recipe, but not one that I'll try again. But I'm glad I made it.

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Re: Beef Ribs, Coconut Braised

Post  guzzigirl on Mon Aug 11, 2008 3:28 pm

when #2 daughter was young she would say she didn't like curry, so I would tone it down with coconut milk for her, but she still didn't like it. Ended out it wasn't the heat that was the problem, it was the coconut milk that she didn't like!
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Re: Beef Ribs, Coconut Braised

Post  syrah on Mon Sep 08, 2008 5:48 am

I tried this with chicken and equally delicious. I have to go back on my word and not recommend this recipe for the slow cooker, as it really needs the oven to caramelise.

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