Country Beef Short Ribs over Gorgonzola Polenta

Whip up polenta the night before, and let the short ribs cook unattended in the slow cooker. Your meal will be waiting for you when you're ready.

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


  • 2 ½ pound boneless beef short ribs, or one 2-1/2- to 3-pound boneless beef chuck roast, cut into 1-1/2-inch pieces

  • 2 large onions, cut into thin wedges

  • 2 medium carrots, thinly sliced (1 cup)

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

  • 1 14.5 ounce can tomatoes, coarsely chopped

  • 1 cup dry red wine

  • 2 tablespoon quick-cooking tapioca

  • 2 tablespoon tomato paste

  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • Polenta *

  • cup crumbled Gorgonzola or other blue cheese

  • crumbled Gorgonzola cheese or other blue cheese (optional)


  • 3 cup milk

  • 1 cup cornmeal

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2 tablespoon butter or margarine


  1. Trim fat from ribs, if using; set aside. In a 5- or 6-quart slow cooker, combine onions, carrots, and fennel. Place beef on top of vegetables.

  2. In a small bowl, stir together undrained tomatoes, wine, tapioca, tomato paste, dried rosemary, salt, pepper, and garlic. Pour over mixture in cooker.

  3. Cover and 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 Polenta as directed, except reduce salt to 1/2 teaspoon; stir in the 1/3 cup Gorgonzola cheese after cooking.

  5. To serve, spoon Polenta into shallow bowls. Spoon beef and vegetable mixture into bowls. If desired, garnish with crumbled cheese. Makes 6 servings.


  1. In a large saucepan bring milk just to a simmer over medium heat. In a medium bowl combine cornmeal, water, and salt. Stir cornmeal mixture slowly into hot milk. Cook and stir until mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes or until mixture is very thick, stirring occasionally. (If mixture is too thick, stir in additional milk.) Stir in butter or margarine until melted.

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.