In Tom Colicchio’s Career, One Recipe Stands Above The Rest – Tricks and Tips

In Tom Colicchio's Career, One Recipe Stands Above The Rest

TheRecipe names Colicchio’s braised short ribs as his signature dish, and it’s not hard to see why. First, according to Food & Wine, the “Top Chef” star is “a master with meat,” and his short ribs are a popular order at his Craft restaurants in various cities. What makes Colicchio’s short ribs different from the rest, the article says, is that he marinates the browned meat and mirepoix (onion, carrot, and celery) in wine and herbs overnight, then swaps out the marinated vegetables for fresh ones during the braising process. Braising meat in a flavorful liquid for hours causes it to fall off the bone in tenderness, whether you’re working with lamb shank or pork shoulder.

After a little over two hours in the oven, Colicchio’s short ribs are ready to be served just like your other favorite braised meats: over risotto, mashed potatoes, polenta, or even shredded up and tossed with pasta — anything creamy and neutral to appreciate the deeply savory flavor of the beef. If you want to try it at home, food blogger and Mashed contributor Mikayla Marin has shared Colicchio’s braised short ribs recipe with a twist, anticipating fall by adding turnips and swapping out Colicchio’s carrots for butternut squash.