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Short Rib, Caramelized Onion and Vermont Cheddar Sandwich

Short Rib Sandwich from The Omni Hotel

A fabulous combination of tender short rib meat, caramelized onions, white cheddar cheese and fresh arugula; altogether a great sandwich.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings 4 sandwiches
Author Creative Culinary


  • 2.5 lbs Short Rib
  • 2 Tbsp Butter
  • 1 Carrot diced
  • ½ large Onion diced
  • 1 stalk of Celery diced
  • cup Red Wine
  • ¼ cup Beef Stock
  • 2 Tbsp Sherry
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 Thyme Sprig
  • 1 Onion thinly sliced
  • ½ tsp. Sugar
  • 8 thick slices bread I used Texas Toast but the original recipe calls for Brioche
  • 2 oz. Butter
  • 4 slices Vermont Cheddar
  • 2 oz. Arugula


  • To Make the Short Ribs
  • Sprinkle Short Ribs with Salt & Pepper.
  • Melt butter in braising pan, add Short Ribs and brown all sides.
  • Remove Short Ribs and add carrots, onions and celery to the pan.
  • De-glaze the pan with red wine and sherry.
  • Add beef stock, garlic, bay leaves and thyme. Bring to a boil, reduce to medium and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add Short Ribs back to the pan. Cover and cook on low for approximately 2 – 2.5 hours until tender.
  • Uncover & let cool for 30 minutes.
  • Cut meat into 1/4 in. slices, trimming excess fat.
  • To Assemble the Sandwich
  • Melt butter in skillet and add onions, sprinkle with salt & pepper.
  • Sauté onions until golden brown, add sugar and stir til melted.
  • Assemble 8 slices of buttered bread.
  • Place one slice of cheese, ½ cup of short rib meat, ¼ cup of caramelized onions and a handful or arugula on each sandwich.
  • Heat griddle and cook sandwiches until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side.
  • Transfer to work surface to cut in half, serve immediately.


Finding good short ribs is always a problem for me. I found these at a local specialty shop so paid a premium and even then should have been more careful about what I was given. If given the option? Only get larger ribs with a greater percentage of meat to bone. I had a couple that so little meat that by the time they cooked, it was almost all bone; not what I expect for $8/lb!
I've found since buying that meat that some Costco stores carry short ribs; I'm checking them out for the next time!


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