Prune and Almond Braised Short Ribs


  • 7 pounds beef short ribs or 5 pounds flanken, cut in 4-inch portions
  • Salt
  • black pepper
  • ¼ cup rendered duck fat or chicken fat, or canola oil
  • 1 large Spanish onion, diced
  • 3 large carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 1 1-inch piece ginger, peeled and smashed
  • 2 cups ruby port
  • 2 cups red wine
  • 4 cups pitted prunes
  • 1 ¼ cup slivered almonds, lightly toasted
  • 4 ounces shiitake, crimini or other mushrooms, diced
  • ½ cup loosely packed chopped parsley
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 1 clove
  • 1 star anise
  • Zest of 1 orange, in strips
  • 4 cups veal, beef or chicken stock, or as needed
  • Nutritional Information
    • Nutritional analysis per serving (6 servings)

      2658 calories; 210 grams fat; 87 grams saturated fat; 0 grams trans fat; 97 grams monounsaturated fat; 10 grams polyunsaturated fat; 94 grams carbohydrates; 13 grams dietary fiber; 51 grams sugars; 84 grams protein; 410 milligrams cholesterol; 1275 milligrams sodium

    • Note: Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available data.

6 to 8 servings


  1. Heat oven to 325 degrees. Season short ribs or flanken with salt and pepper. Place a heavy wide pan over medium-high heat. Add the fat or oil and heat until shimmering. Add beef and brown well on both sides. Transfer to a plate.
  2. Add onion, carrots, celery, garlic and ginger to the pan, and stir until the onions begin to brown, about 3 minutes. Add port and wine, scraping the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Simmer until reduced by half, about 10 minutes.
  3. In a large Dutch oven or heavy braising pan, combine 2 cups of the prunes, 1 cup almonds, and the mushrooms. In a piece of cheesecloth, tie up 1/4 cup of the parsley with the thyme, bay leaf, cinnamon, clove, star anise and orange zest, and add to the pot. Add the meat, the vegetable mixture and enough stock to cover. Place over high heat to bring to a boil, then transfer to the oven. Cook, covered, until the meat is falling off the bones, about 2 1/2 hours. Cool completely in the pan, then refrigerate overnight or until well chilled.
  4. Skim the fat, then transfer beef to a large bowl, discarding any loose bones. Discard the cheesecloth packet, and transfer remaining broth and vegetables to a food processor. Purée, then return to a clean pan. Add meat and remaining 2 cups whole prunes. Place over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until gently reheated. Garnish with remaining 1/4 cup parsley and 1/4 cup almonds.

3 hours and 15 minutes

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