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Simple short rib recipe, the Caputo's way

Published August 6, 2013 10:06 pm

The chef's recipe • This time, forget the grill and turn on the oven.
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Yelena Caputo • Tony Caputo's Market & Deli

This dish was born out of laziness.

Working at Tony Caputo's Market & Deli, Yelena and Matt Caputo have ready access to the store's Butcher Shop, run by Austrian-born chef Frody Volgger, known for his impeccable butchering and charcuterie skills. The butcher has a new line of prepared and marinated cuts of heritage Utah meats that only need to be grilled.

But the couple live downtown in a high-rise condo and "grilling on the roof is not always as appealing as it might sound," she said.

"In this case, we were too lazy to head upstairs and turn on the grill, so we tossed these babies in the oven and couldn't believe the deliciousness that followed."

The baked short ribs, paired with a simple spinach salad, are now their go-to recipe for easy dinners at home and for entertaining friends on the rooftop.

Tony Caputo's Market & Deli • 314 W. 300 South, Salt Lake City; 801-531-8669. —

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Marinated short ribs with spinach salad

Marinated short ribs, available at Tony Caputo's Butcher Shop

1 (5-ounce) bag baby spinach

1 apple

1 bunch of red grapes

1/4 pound Gorgonzola dolce

1/2 shallot, minced

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon maple syrup or honey

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

sea salt and pepper to taste

For short ribs, heat oven to 450 degrees. Grease a baking dish or cookie sheet with olive oil. Place ribs on baking dish or sheet and transfer to the oven. After 15 to 20 minutes, reduce heat to 400 degrees. Continue to cook another 30 minutes, allowing the ribs to cook through while maintaining the crispy, "charred" outside. (Cooks also can wrap ribs in foil and cook at 350 degrees for up to one hour or cook on a grill until done.)

For the salad, place shallot, mustard, syrup or honey, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Whisk to combine. Add apple cider vinegar. Continue to whisk while slowly adding extra virgin olive oil. Continue to whisk until dressing reaches a frothy and thick consistency. In a large salad bowl, combine baby spinach, apples and grapes. Drizzle with dressing and toss gently until coated. Add Gorgonzola dolce and give another light toss. Add more salt and pepper to taste, if needed. Serve alongside ribs.

Servings • 4

Source: Yelena Caputo, Tony Caputo's Market & Deli