About a month ago I got a text from my Aunt Penny saying “Look out Seattle…Aunt Penny is coming to town!!” The second I found out she was coming, I started thinking of all the fun places we could go, things we could see, and (most importantly) the food we could eat. When I asked Penny what she wanted to do while she was in Seattle she gave me a few general ideas like see some of the Seattle landmarks, go on a hike, and eat at some good restaurants (we think alike). There was one thing, however, that she was very specific about. She wanted me to cook at least one meal for her. Ithinksomeonemissesmelivingwithher, what do you think? So as any good hostess would do, I planned our weekend accordingly.
And lastly, I cooked dinner on Penny’s last night in Seattle. So let’s talk about this meal. I don’t like to toot my own horn, but this was one of the best meals I have ever made. It was the type of meal that you take one bite and it’s so good you can’t even think…you just taste. I know it seems that I’m being dramatic about this but trust me on this one…it’s good stuff. I don’t often make meals more than once, but I’m already thinking about when I can make this again (would next weekend be too soon?).
The short ribs require very little “hands-on” time, and besides remembering to season them and let them sit (in the refrigerator) overnight, they are pretty simple. They were perfect for our Saturday afternoon, when Penny and I were in the mood to lounge around my apartment (the hike and wine tasting were exhausting!), and the oven did the cooking while I cooked the rest of the meal. By the end of the two hour cooking time, the ribs were falling off the bones and ended up so tender. It was a miracle that I got one of the strips to stay on the bone while transferring them from the pan to the plate. And I can’t even begin to describe how amazing my apartment smelled…
Then there was the Gorgonzola polenta. I could write a chapter of a book about how much I loved this polenta, but this is a blog and not a book so I’ll keep it short. The creamy texture of the polenta was a perfect pairing with the tender short ribs and the Gorgonzola cheese and the cabernet sauce were a match made in heaven.
This meal was definitely one to remember and would be perfect for a big dinner party, a Sunday night family dinner, or a romantic cozy dinner for two.
- 3-4 cups chicken/veggie broth
- 1 1/2 cups polenta coarse cornmeal
- 1/2 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
- 1/4 cup whipping cream
- In medium saucepan, bring broth to a boil.
- Add polenta and stir constantly.
- Bring back to a simmer, turn heat down to low, cover, and let cook until polenta is tender, about 10 minutes. You may need to add more broth depending on how thick you would like your polenta. I just kept adding by 1/4 cup until it was a good consistency.
- Remove polenta from heat and add Gorgonzola and cream.
- Stir until cheese is melted and season with salt and pepper.
- Serve immediately and top with short ribs.