Lime marmalade gives a wonderful burst of sweet, citrusy tang to this luxurious braise, which fairly cries out for rice or mashed potatoes as an accompaniment; sautéed chard or baby bok choy would also be nice. You can find the marmalade with the British foods in the international aisle of large supermarkets.
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Prepare for heat!! I shop at a well stocked grocery store, but it didn't have Thai bird chilis, so I got red Fresno chili peppers. Since I wasn't familiar with them, I only used 4 small ones, not 6, and I scraped out the seeds. For me and my husband, the dish was certainly SPICY! Not sure we could have tolerated much more heat. My store didn't have lime marmalade either, and with no time for a trip to another store, substituted orange marmalade. I think that was fine. I will try this again with less heat, as the beef came out so tender, and under the heat, the flavors were really good. Served with rice and roasted broccolini.
This recipe didn't work for us. After 9 hours on our crock pot's "low" setting, the "sauce" had reduced to a very bitter, completely black syrup. The short ribs themselves were very tender, I thought the flavors were good otherwise, and I loved the addition of the fresh basil at the end. Based on all the other reviews, I don't think it's a bad recipe - just not right for my particular crock pot. I may adjust the time by an hour and try again, but I'm not sure I want to risk coming home to another pot of bitterness. Oh well.
This is excellent. Have made it twice. Very rich and flavorful. Lime marmalade can be found at specialty stores (in the British section). Or online. I can't find red Thai chilis so I use green Thai chilis (six as the recipe calls for). I serve it with mashed potatoes and carmelized shallots - another amazing Fine Cooking recipe.
I am stunned by the one review that it was bland! I couldn't find lime marmalade (did special order it) so did substitute orange marmalade the first time. It was great! Next time I had the lime marmalade (from Amazon.com)and it was great too! Family now asks for this rib dish on special occasions. I do use fewer chiles because I'm a wimp!
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