Anise-and-ginger-scented short ribs
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Serves: 6-8
This meal is classic comfort food, with a twist--adding ginger and star anise and just a bit of soy sauce gives it a unique and very flavorful zing! Serve with mashed potatoes and steamed carrots and make your stomach and your family very happy indeed!
  • 1 Tb vegetable oil
  • 3 lbs meaty short ribs, give or take
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 5 quarter-size slices fresh ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 5 whole star anise
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • water to cover bones
  • 1 Tb rice vinegar
  • 2 Tb sugar
  1. Early in the day, heat the oil in a Dutch oven and brown the short ribs well on all sides, seasoning them as they cook with the pepper, 20 minutes or so.
  2. Remove ribs with slotted spoon and put into your crock pot, set to "high." Here's where the broth-making comes in. Pour water in to cover, and leave for 10 to 12 hours, or until the meat is tender and falling off the bones. Add more water if necessary.
  3. Remove the ribs from the pot, and a 3 or 4 cups of the broth. When the bones are cool, strip the meat off, give the fat to your dog, and put the bones back into the pot. You're going to cook them a bit longer to make more bone broth.
  4. Once the fat has risen to the top of the set-aside broth, skim it off and pour the broth into a large pot and bring to a simmer. Add the chopped onion, the ginger, the garlic, the star anise, the soy sauce, the vinegar, and the sugar. Simmer until the onion is translucent, 10-15 minutes. Add the meat and heat until the broth is hot and bubbly.
  5. Cook and mash your potatoes, steam your carrots, and you're ready for dinner!
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