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A bowl of white wine braised short ribs with vegetables over white cheddar polenta.

White Wine Braised Short Ribs with Balsamic-Mustard Marinated Vegetables Over White Cheddar Polenta

Teri & Jenny
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Servings 6
Calories 1025 kcal


braised short ribs

  • 3 ½ tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 4 pounds (bone-in) short ribs, trimmed
  • ½ yellow onion, diced
  • 1 carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 rib of celery, diced
  • ½ apple (such as jazz or gala), seeded and diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, lightly smashed
  • 1 tablespoon minced thyme
  • 1 tablespoon minced marjoram
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 ½ cups dry white wine
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • salt and pepper to taste

green onion gremolata

  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons minced parsley
  • zest from 2 lemons
  • 1 garlic clove, minced

balsamic-mustard marinade

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 ½ tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons whole grain mustard
  • 1 teaspoon light brown sugar
  • 1 garlic clove, minced

roasted vegetables

  • ½ pound baby carrots, peeled and halved lengthwise
  • ½ pound baby purple beets, peeled and halved lengthwise
  • ½ pound parsnips, peeled and cut into 2”x1/2” sticks
  • 1 bunch radishes, scrubbed and halved lengthwise
  • salt and pepper to taste

creamy white cheddar polenta

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup polenta
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream, optional
  • 6 ounces shredded white cheddar cheese
  • 2 ounces grated Parmesan cheese
  • cracked black pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • For short ribs: Pour 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon oil into a large Dutch oven and place over medium-high heat.
  • Generously season short ribs with salt and pepper and sear for 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Remove short ribs from pot and set aside.
  • Drain excess fat from pan and add remaining oil and 1 tablespoon butter. Add onions, carrots and celery and sauté for about 8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add apples and continue to sauté for an additional 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Add garlic, thyme and marjoram and sauté for 1 minute. Stir in tomato paste and Worcestershire sauce.
  • Deglaze pot with wine, making sure to scrape away any browned bits that may have stuck to the bottom, with a wooden spoon. Boil until liquid has been reduced by ½. Add short ribs back to the pot, in a single layer (as much as possible) and top with stock.
  • Bring mixture to a boil, cover and transfer to the oven for about 2 1/2 hours or until ribs are fork tender.
  • For Gremolata: Combine all ingredients into a small bowl and toss together.
  • For Roasted Root Vegetables: Preheat oven to 375˚F.
  • Pour all marinade ingredients into a large mixing bowl and whisk together. Top marinade with root vegetables and toss together until all vegetable pieces are well coated. Allow mixture to sit for 1 hour then season with salt and pepper and gently toss again.
  • Pour mixture onto a large baking sheet, in a single layer, and roast for 30 to 35 minutes or until vegetables are caramelized on the outside and tender on the inside.
  • For Creamy White Cheddar Polenta: Place water and salt into a large saucepan and bring to a boil. While stirring, pour polenta into the boiling water and continue to stir until all the polenta has been added and no lumps remain. Lower the heat to medium and simmer polenta for 35 to 40 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Once the mixture has thickened and smoothed out a bit, remove from heat and stir in the butter and cream. While stirring add the shredded white cheddar to the polenta, in small handfuls, until fully incorporated. Season with salt and cracked black pepper as needed, top with grated Parmesan and serve.
  • To serve: Remove short ribs from braising liquid and set aside. Skim excess fat from top of braising liquid and strain 1 cup of braising liquid into a saucepan. Simmer mixture until reduced by 1/2 and whisk in remaining butter. Season with salt and pepper and lightly drizzle sauce over the short ribs. Top short ribs with a sprinkle of gremolata and serve.


Calories: 1025kcalCarbohydrates: 47gProtein: 59gFat: 62gSaturated Fat: 29gCholesterol: 216mgSodium: 1190mgPotassium: 1609mgFiber: 6gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 8259IUVitamin C: 20mgCalcium: 418mgIron: 7mg
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