1 Preheat oven to 350°F. Season ribs to taste with
the salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large, heavy bottomed ovenproof pan
over high heat. Add ribs and brown on all sides. Work in batches if
you need to so that the ribs don't get crowded (this will help with
2 Transfer ribs to a plate. Pour off excess fat. Add the
onions, celery, and carrots to the pan and sauté, stirring often, until
lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Remove the vegetables from the pan,
set aside. Then add the wine to the pan, deglazing the pan, scraping
off any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Reduce the wine by
three-quarters until thick and slightly syrupy, about 15 minutes.
3 Return the ribs to the pan, add the veal stock and enough
water to cover the ribs. Bring to a boil, cover with foil, and place in
the oven. Braise, cooking in the oven, until the meat is fork-tender, 2
to 2 1/2 hours. During the last 1/2 hour of cooking, add back in the
vegetables. Allow the ribs to cool in the liquid, then cover and
4 The next day, remove the excess fat that has solidified at
the top from the overnight chilling. Place the pan with the ribs and
cooking liquid over medium heat, uncovered. Cook until the liquid has
reduced by three-quarters, about 1 hour. Continue to cook, spooning the
sauce over the ribs, until the sauce is thick and ribs are glazed.
Take care not to burn the glaze; move the ribs around in the pan to keep
them from burning.
Serve over mashed potatoes, egg noodles, or rice. Serves 6.