Short Ribs over Gorgonzola Polenta

Next time you have guests, dine Italian-style with this hearty beef and blue combination.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
9 hrs
Total Time:
9 hrs 20 mins


  • 2 ½ pound boneless beef short ribs

  • 2 large onions, cut into thin wedges (2 cups)

  • 2 medium carrots, thinly sliced (1 cup)

  • 1 medium fennel bulb, trimmed and cut into thin wedges (1 cup)

  • 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained

  • 1 cup dry red wine

  • 2 tablespoon quick-cooking tapioca, crushed

  • 2 tablespoon tomato paste

  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 recipe Gorgonzola Polenta

Gorgonzola Polenta

  • 2 ½ cup water

  • 1 cup coarse-ground yellow cornmeal

  • 1 cup cold water

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • cup crumbled Gorgonzola or other blue cheese


  1. Trim fat from meat. In a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker combine onions, carrots, and fennel. Place meat on vegetables.

  2. Stir tomatoes, wine, tapioca, tomato paste, rosemary, salt, pepper, and garlic into mixture in cooker.

  3. Cover; cook on low-heat setting for 9 to 10 hours or on high-heat setting for 4-1/2 to 5 hours.

  4. Meanwhile, prepare Gorgonzola Polenta. To serve, spoon polenta into shallow bowls. Spoon meat and vegetable mixture over polenta.

Gorgonzola Polenta

  1. In a medium saucepan bring the 2-1/2 cups water to boiling. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl stir together cornmeal, the 1 cup cold water, and salt. Slowly add cornmeal mixture to boiling water, stirring constantly. Cook and stir until mixture returns to boiling. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook for 25 to 30 minutes or until mixture is very thick and tender, stirring frequently and adjusting heat as necessary to maintain a slow boil. Stir in cheese.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

489 Calories
18g Fat
32g Carbs
41g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 489
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 113mg 38%
Sodium 1121mg 49%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 41g
Vitamin C 11.8mg 59%
Calcium 111.1mg 9%
Iron 5.6mg 31%
Potassium 1080mg 23%
Folate, total 40.3mcg
Vitamin B-12 5mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.6mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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