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Recipe courtesy of Melissa d'Arabian

Braised Country-Style Pork Ribs

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 2 hr 50 min
  • Prep: 50 min
  • Cook: 2 hr
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Creamy Polenta


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. Pat the ribs dry and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Heat 2
  4. tablespoons of the oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat and brown the ribs
  5. on all sides, working in batches if needed. Remove the ribs and set aside. Add
  6. the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil to the Dutch oven and reduce the heat to medium.
  7. Add the carrots, celery, onions and some salt and pepper and cook until soft,
  8. about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add
  9. the tomato paste and cook, stirring, to remove the raw flavor, about 3 minutes.
  10. Deglaze the pan with the vinegar, and then add the red pepper flakes and bay
  11. leaves.
  13. Add the ribs back to the pan and add enough stock to reach
  14. halfway up the sides of the ribs. Bring the pan to a simmer, cover and place in
  15. the oven. Braise until the meat is tender, about 1 1/2 hours. During the last
  16. half hour, uncover to allow the liquid to reduce and the pork to brown.
  18. Serve the ribs with Creamy Polenta, spooning the sauce on
  19. top, and garnishing with parsley.

Creamy Polenta

  1. Spray the insert of a slow cooker with cooking spray (for easier clean up) and preheat on high.
  3. In a medium saucepan, add 1 cup of the half-and-half, the milk, 1 tablespoon of the butter and the polenta. Season with salt and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, whisking constantly to keep the mixture lump-free. Boil for 2 to 3 minutes. Pour the mixture into the slow cooker and cook on high for 2 hours, stirring once or twice per hour. 
  5. Once you are ready to serve, open the slow cooker and whisk in the remaining 1 tablespoon butter, the remaining 1/3 cup half-and-half and the Parmesan. Salt and pepper conservatively since the polenta will be served with a robustly salted dish.
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