Greg DuPree
Hands-On Time
15 Mins
Total Time
5 Hours 15 Mins
4 servings

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.

How to Make It

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

Serve potatoes and short ribs with
 vegetables and sauce. Garnish with 
parsley leaves and pepper.

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