Braised short ribs over polenta

I made these yummy ribs the other night. They were delicious and easy. They are beautiful plated on polenta. I am giving the link for the ribs and the polenta below.

Braised short ribs 

I didn’t follow the recipe completely on this one, but I did stay pretty close to it. I substituted bacon grease for the Pancetta since it was already sitting in my fridge. I didn’t see the need to buy it just to use it for this one recipe and in the end I can’t imagine that it made that big of a difference in the flavor. I also substituted pearl onions for shallots. The reason I did that is because I had pearl onions sitting in my pantry that needed to be used. I also used boneless short ribs. It saved me time when plating it for the kids since I always tear the meat away from the bone for them. 

This was the first time I had ever had polenta. The polenta wasn’t what I wanted it to be. I was disappointed that I didn’t like it. I think I couldn’t like them because they were so similar to grits that it was ruined for me because… they weren’t grits. She added a special ingredient to them- goat cheese- this added a nice flavor to the polenta. I think I would have completely given the thumbs down to the polenta if not for the goat cheese ingredient.

The kids were totally grossed out by the polenta. This is my fault. Sad to say I have not raised my kids  right. When Thing 1 and Thing 2 were little, I gave them oatmeal before I ever gave them grits. Big mistake. Once they tasted that sweetness from the oatmeal they could never get over not having it in their grits. I am totally a grits girl.. give ’em to me with bacon, eggs, cheese, loads of butter, salt and pepper and I am happy. I believe I have only tasted oatmeal twice in my life. I absolutely despise the smell of it- yet I fed it to my kids. You are probably wondering why this is… I am pretty sure it had something to do with calorie intake. I was obsessed with giving Thing 1 high calorie counts in food when she was a baby because she was a preemie and needed to gain weight. Anyway, no one was a real fan of the polenta. Next time I will make mashed potatoes to go with the ribs.

Everyone LOVED the ribs. When we had leftover ribs for dinner the other night (without the polenta) everyone scarfed them down.