Simple Red Wine-Braised Short Ribs
12 short ribs (about 3 ½ pounds)
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and ground black pepper
1 large onion, cut into medium dice
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons dried thyme leaves
3 tablespoons flour
1 1/2 cups each: red wine and chicken broth
1 can (14.5 ounces) petite diced tomatoes
Adjust rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 450 degrees. Toss short ribs evenly with oil and a light sprinkling of salt and pepper.
Meanwhile, heat a heavy-bottomed Dutch oven or soup kettle over medium-high heat. Working in 2 batches to avoid overcrowding, add short ribs to hot pan. Cook each batch, turning only once, until well browned on each side, 5 to 6 minutes.
Drain all but 1 tablespoon of the fat from the pan. Add onion; sauté until lightly brown and translucent, about five minutes. Add garlic and thyme; sauté until fragrant, about a minute. Stir in flour, then wine, followed by chicken broth and tomatoes. Return short ribs to the pot and bring to a simmer.
Place a sheet of heavy-duty foil over pot. Use a potholder to press down foil so that it touches stew. Seal foil completely around edges. Place lid snugly on pot. Place pot in oven and cook until ribs are fall-off-the-bone tender, about 1 1/2 hours.