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Cider Braised Short Ribs with Sweet Potato Mash

Meaty short ribs are slow cooked in apple cider and served over some fluffy sweet potato and Parmesan cheese mash.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 335kcal
Author Gerry Speirs


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pounds ½ beef short ribs
  • Saly and cracked black pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cups ½ sliced crimini mushrooms
  • 1 cup ¼ cider divided
  • cup ½ beef stock
  • 4-5 sprigs fresh thyme
  • For The Sweet Potatoes!
  • 2 large orange sweet potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • cup ¼ heavy cream
  • cup ¼ grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and cracked black pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 225 degrees F.
  • In a heavy oven-proof pan, heat 3 tablespoons of the olive oil over a high heat.
  • Season the short ribs all over with the salt and pepper.
  • Sear the ribs on each side for about 1 minute, transfer to a plate.
  • Deglaze the pan with ¼ cup of cider.
  • Add the garlic and cook for about 30 seconds.
  • Add the mushrooms and cook for a further 3-4 minutes and the mushroom are getting soft.
  • Add the short ribs back into the pan and add the remaining cider, thyme sprigs and beef stock.
  • Bake for about 4 hours or until a sharp pointed knife can pierce the meat easily.
  • While the ribs are cooking, peel the sweet potatoes and half them.
  • Place them in a pot of boiling water and cook for about 30 minutes and they can be pierced easily.
  • Drain and add the butter, cream and Parmesan.
  • Using a potato masher, crush them until almost all the lumps are gone and the ingredients are well combined.
  • Once the ribs are ready the potatoes can be reheated over a low heat, stirring frequently.
  • Shred the meat from the bones and transfer to a plate.
  • Discard the thyme sprigs and stir the sauce.
  • Bring the sauce to a boil and boil for 3-4 minutes to thicken it a little.
  • Serve the meat over the sweet potatoes and pour some of the sauce on top.


Calories: 335kcal