It’s friday! And I made you beef in booze.

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Last night I ate rum runner cheese and peanut butter filled pretzels for dinner accidentally on purpose, so I’m in desperate need of a real life meal. That probably means I’ll go out and buy one tonight! Maybe. Ummmm also today the Jersey Boys movie comes out which means that as you read this I’m probably sitting in a theater by myself watching it at noon. Or I might be nice and wait for my parents or my husband and I’m really concerned with the possibility of breaking out into song mid-film.

I should probably just go at noon.

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I kinda made these flatbreads after one of my favorite snacks at meat + potatoes. They make a mean short rib flatbread and this little thing here is my super trashed up version with lots of my fave things…

Short ribs. Duh.


Grilled corn. I have problems.

Caramelized onions.

Arugula. For health purposes of course.

It seems I have a bread issue lately, no? White pizza bread, grilled bread, lobster BLT on bread, coconut zucchini bread… I swear it’s been totally unintentional. Usually I attempt to create some sort of diverse selection here week after week (minus using all the cheese) but apparently I’m just on a bread kick. For someone who doesn’t really care about bread, this is new. Prepare for the corn and tomato kick because it’s coming.

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The dough is the same from my quattro formaggi flatbread and is like one big cracker that when rolled thin enough, melts in your mouth. These short ribs, which are quite possibly my favorite cut(?) of beef are slowly braised in lots of whiskey and then fall right off the bone with a fork. It’s tough to not eat it all before you have to top the flatbread, so maybe get extra. Definitely get extra.

And! You should probably eat it with a cold frosty boylan crème soda on the side which is to die for with a little shot of vanilla vodka in it. Tastes like vanilla summer!

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Whiskey Braised Short Rib Flatbread with Grilled Corn, Gruyere and Arugula

Yield: serves 4

Total Time: 4 hours


6 to 8 beef short ribs
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2/3 cup whiskey
1/4 cup beef stock, if needed

1 sweet onion, sliced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 ears corn, grilled or roasted and corn cut from the cob
8 ounces gruyere, freshly grated
2 cups arugula greens

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup olive oil plus more for brushing


Heat a large dutch oven over medium-high heat and add canola oil. Season the short ribs with salt and pepper. Add the butter to the canola oil and let it melt, then add the short ribs (fat side up) to the pot to sear. Sear until deeply golden on both sides, about 3 minutes per side. Pour in the whiskey, reduce the heat to medium and allow the alcohol to cook out for a few minutes. Once it is not longer smoking, reduce the heat to low and cover. Cook for 2 1/2 to 3 hours, or until the short ribs are falling off the bone. If at any time the liquid level is low in the pot, add the beef stock.

Shortly before the ribs are finished, heat a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil, butter and sliced onions and stir to coat with a pinch of salt. Cover the skillet and cook for 20 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions are golden and caramelized.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. In a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt, stirring to combine. Add the water and olive oil and mix with a spoon until the dough comes together. Use your hands to finish bringing it together into a ball, then knead it a few times on a floured surface.

Roll the dough into your desired shape - I rolled in into a long oval about 1/4-inch thick - you want it to be thin. Place it on a nonstick (or parchment papered) baking sheet and brush with a bit of olive oil. Bake for 10 minutes, until a few air bubbles form and the dough is golden. While the dough is baking, pull the beef from the ribs.

Once the dough is removed from the oven, cover it with half of the cheese. Add the onions, beef and corn on top, then cover with the remaining gruyere. Bake for another 10 to 15 minutes, or until the cheese is totally melted, bubbly and golden. Add the arugula to a bowl and toss it with the remaining tablespoon of olive oil, a pinch of salt and pepper. Top the flatbread with the arugula and serve immediately.

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I mean it’s pretty much a health food.

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35 Responses to “Whiskey Braised Short Rib Flatbread.”

  1. #
    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — June 20, 2014 @ 6:56 am

    1. Vanilla vodka and cream soda is my FAV drink. So, i am all over that suggestion.
    2. This flat bread? I am marrying it. Beef, booze…Friday. SO much win. Pinned!


  2. #
    Laura @ Raise Your Garden — June 20, 2014 @ 6:57 am

    Whisky and ribs on pizza (do you think I could call this pizza for a bit at least). oh my. my tummy is rumbling with hunger pangs!

    And you have all the winners here, short ribs, whisky, flatbread, grilled corn, caramelized onion, gruyere and arugula?!? Put me in coach, I’m ready to play!!!!


  3. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — June 20, 2014 @ 7:35 am

    Ok, I’ve never braised anything…. I think it’s time to start!


  4. #
    Bri | Bites of Bri — June 20, 2014 @ 8:00 am

    These flatbreads!!! Love them! Greens, meat, corn…it has it all!


  5. #
    Kelly Jo — June 20, 2014 @ 8:12 am

    I have never had short ribs and I think this recipe is going to change that. Please don’t stop with the breads, or the cheese! And that cream soda, yum!


  6. #
    Alessandra — June 20, 2014 @ 8:21 am

    Geeeeenius! Looks so good! I had to go see The Fault in Our Stars at noon because, well, crying fest…


  7. #
    Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onions — June 20, 2014 @ 8:24 am

    Friday is pizza night at my house. I know what I kind now!


  8. #
    Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} — June 20, 2014 @ 8:56 am

    Ooh I love anything that has arugula! My fave. Looks fabulous.


  9. #
    Rasa @ The Vixen Life — June 20, 2014 @ 9:56 am

    Yum! The arugula topping (and corn!) totally make this health food. Love fresh greens on top of flat bread or pizza…and short ribs. It’s all about balance…


  10. #
    Anna — June 20, 2014 @ 10:03 am

    I hardly ever comment, but OMG BEEF IN BOOZE. I died.


  11. #
    DessertForTwo — June 20, 2014 @ 10:29 am

    I want to marry this flatbread.


  12. #
    Molly (Yes to Yolks) — June 20, 2014 @ 10:36 am

    This looks and sounds so yummy! Love the pictures. Love short ribs. Love anything braised in whiskey.


  13. #
    Cassie — June 20, 2014 @ 11:26 am

    Gorgeous photos!


  14. #
    Nicole — June 20, 2014 @ 12:18 pm

    Yum! I’ve been too chicken to make ribs before, but this looks like a good first recipe to me!


  15. #
    Angel Reyes — June 20, 2014 @ 12:51 pm

    This looks awesome! Oh, and the Jersey Boys movie is great!


  16. #
    Athena P. — June 20, 2014 @ 1:05 pm

    Boylans is the best. Lovely post, as always. Excited for the corn and tomato kick. I’m all over toms and avos right now. So much that I apparently nickname them?


  17. #
    Polly @ Tasty Food Project — June 20, 2014 @ 1:36 pm

    Wow, this looks incredible! Braised short ribs sounds so delicious and I like how you topped everything off with arugula!


  18. #
    bev @ bevcooks — June 20, 2014 @ 1:40 pm



  19. #
    Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats — June 20, 2014 @ 3:38 pm

    OMGEE !!! Must have this now… it sounds perfect on the friday night with a big cold beer. :) YUM!


  20. #
    Caitlin — June 20, 2014 @ 4:23 pm

    beef in booze is my kinda meal. and arugula just for our health. love it!


  21. #
    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — June 21, 2014 @ 12:31 am

    Flatbreads are always amazing but with booze actually in them…send to me asap!


  22. #
    Millie l Add A Little — June 21, 2014 @ 3:53 am

    Yuuuum !! The short ribs sound amazing and love the corn you’ve put ontop!


  23. #
    Vanessa — June 21, 2014 @ 9:40 am

    I have a habit of eating junk accidentally on purpose too ;) lol. And don’t worry about all the bread post. I don’t mind. lol. Bread is a weakness of mine. This flat bread looks delicious.


  24. #
    Erin — June 21, 2014 @ 1:14 pm

    So, I had the flat bread at meat and potatoes and then made this. You should slip them your recipe next time you’re there… It’s better.



  25. #
    Kristen @ Best Food Processor Guide — June 22, 2014 @ 12:55 am

    Wow these look so good! Great pictures! ohhhh. These look delicious. Being a person who bakes without any white flour I am always thrilled to come across a recipe that I can use! :)


  26. #
    Emily @ Life on Food — June 22, 2014 @ 5:55 am

    I hope you keep the bread coming. All the recipes just make me gasp. I will be making this pizza soon. I just need to get me some whiskey. I am sure there will be no objections from the hubby with that one.


  27. #
    Sophia @ NY Foodgasm — June 23, 2014 @ 2:41 pm

    LOVE everything about this- PINNING!


  28. #
    Tracy | Pale Yellow — June 27, 2014 @ 8:42 am

    Yay for booze and meat and bread!


  29. #
    Stephanie @cookinfanatic — June 27, 2014 @ 8:58 am

    How am I just now seeing these?! Ahhhmahhhgahhh short ribs are one of my fave things ever. These look amazing!


  30. #
    Danielle — September 9, 2014 @ 2:32 pm

    This sounds sooooo amazing… Do the short ribs taste delish on their own??? Thinking of making this for my honey as just an entree. :)



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