- 4cupsdry red wine
- 4lbsshort rib of beef(also called flanken)
- 10shallots, trimmed,halved if large(10 oz.)
- 3tablespoons coarse-grainDijon mustard, to taste
- 6plum tomatoes, halved lenghwise
- Boil wine in a 2-quart heavy saucepan until reduced to about 1 cup.
- While wine is reducing, pat ribs dry and cut crosswise into 1-rib pieces (each about 2 1/2 inches long).
- Season well with salt and pepper.
- Heat a dry 5-quart heavy pot over moderately high heat until hot, then brown ribs well in 3 batches on all sides, about 8 minutes for each batch.
- Transfer browned ribs with tongs to a bowl.
- Reduce heat to moderate and brown shallots well in fat remaining in pot, stirring.
- Transfer with a slotted spoon to another bowl.
- Stir wine and mustard into juices in pot.
- Add ribs and simmer, covered, 1 3/4 hours.
- Gently stir in shallots and tomatoes and continue to simmer, covered, without stirring, until meat is very tender, about 40 minutes.
- Carefully transfer ribs, shallots, and tomatoes to a platter and skim off any fat from cooking liquid.
- Season sauce with salt, pepper, and mustard to taste and pour over ribs.
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