The slow cooker really shines when you use a cut of meat like short ribs. They benefit from cooking on low heat over a long time so that the meat can turn meltingly tender. Here, they’re cooked with pearl onions so they can absorb all the delicious juices. Then, you’ll boil some creamy Yukon Gold potatoes for an easy side dish. It’s an indulgent meal with little effort, perfect for Sunday family dinner. Pro tip: look for similarly-sized potatoes so that they cook in the same amount of time. If you can’t, cut bigger ones down so they all have the same thickness.
½ cup low-sodium beef broth
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley stems (about 10 stems), plus leaves for garnish
2 tablespoons plus 1¼ tsp. kosher salt, divided
1 teaspoon black pepper, plus more for serving
2 pounds bone-in beef short ribs
12-oz. pkg. frozen pearl onions
3 medium carrots, chopped
4 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled, divided
1½ pounds baby Yukon Gold potatoes
2 rosemary sprigs
How to Make It
Stir together broth, tomato paste, parsley stems, 1 teaspoon salt, and pepper in a 6-quart slow cooker. Add short ribs, onions, carrots, and 2 cloves garlic; nest ribs into vegetables. Cover and cook on high until meat is very tender, 5 to 6 hours. Reduce to warm and remove lid.
Meanwhile, place potatoes, rosemary, remaining 2 cloves garlic, and 2 tablespoons salt in a stockpot; add water to cover. Bring to a boil over high. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until potatoes are very tender, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat. Remove rosemary and garlic, then drain.
Reserving cooking liquid, remove short ribs and vegetables from slow cooker. Skim fat from liquid, then transfer to a blender; add remaining ￼¼ teaspoon salt. With center piece of blender lid removed, secure lid on blender. Place a clean dish towel over lid opening. Puree on medium-high until smooth.
Serve potatoes and short ribs with vegetables and sauce. Garnish with parsley leaves and pepper.
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