Diva Tasting: Braised Short Ribs & Dessert…

Braised Short Ribs
Ingredients
  • 4 Slices Bacon, Cut Into 1/2-Inch Pieces
  • 4 Pounds Beef Short Ribs
  • 1 Pkg Cremini Mushrooms; Sliced
  • Salt And Ground Black Pepper To Taste
  • 6 Sprigs Fresh Thyme, Leaves Stripped
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 Onion, Diced
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 3 Tablespoons All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Cup Dry Cooking Sherry Or Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 Quart Beef Broth
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Transfer crisped bacon with a slotted spoon to a Dutch oven. Retain bacon drippings in the skillet.
  3. Generously season short ribs with salt and pepper.
  4. Heat bacon drippings in the same skillet over high heat. Cook short ribs in hot bacon fat until browned and caramelized on all sides, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer ribs to the Dutch oven, reserving drippings in the skillet. Add thyme and bay leaf to the ribs mixture.
  5. Reduce heat under the same skillet to medium. Cook and stir onion in the skillet until soft and golden, 5 to 10 minutes. Add garlic; cook and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  6. Whisk flour into onion mixture and stir until the mixture becomes paste-like and light golden brown, 1 to 3 minutes.
  7. Pour sherry into onion mixture; cook until thick and hot, about 2 minutes. Pour onion-sherry mixture into Dutch oven; add beef broth and salt to taste. Bring ribs mixture to a simmer and cover the Dutch oven with a lid.
  8. Transfer Dutch oven to the preheated oven and cook until short ribs are fork tender, about 2 hours. Remove ribs to a serving dish, reserving sauce in the pot.
  9. Set Dutch oven high heat and boil sauce until reduced and slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Spoon reduced sauce over ribs.
  10. Serve with Baked potatoes, roasted green beans and rolls.
Lemon Cream Cheese Bars
Ingredients:
Cooking Spray
  • 2 (8 Ounce) Packages Refrigerated Crescent Roll Dough (such As Pillsbury® Recipe Creations®), Divided
  • 2 Lemons, Zested And Juiced, Divided
  • 2 (8 Ounce) Packages Cream Cheese, Softened
  • ½ Cup White Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter, Melted
  • 3 Tablespoons White Sugar
Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray.
Press 1 can crescent roll dough into the bottom of the prepared baking dish, stretching to the edges.
Mix the zest of 1 1/2 lemons and juice from 2 lemons together in a bowl. Beat cream cheese and 1/2 cup sugar into lemon zest mixture using an electric mixer until smooth and creamy; spread over crescent roll dough layer.
Unroll the second can of crescent roll dough and layer over cream cheese mixture, gently stretching dough to the edges. Brush melted butter over crescent roll dough layer. Mix remaining lemon zest and 3 tablespoons sugar together in a bowl; sprinkle over butter.
Bake in the preheated oven until top is golden brown, about 30 minutes. Allow to cool for about 20 minutes. Lift dessert from baking dish using foil; transfer to a cutting board. Cut into squares, leaving on foil. Return dessert to the baking dish and refrigerate until chilled, at least 1 hour.

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