The Kroft – Braised Short Rib Poutine
Anaheim Packing House
440 S. Anaheim Blvd. #109 · Anaheim, CA 92805
There is something so comforting about French fries. Perhaps it is those perfectly crisp edges that develop from dropping the starchy russets into a vat of hot oil. The striking golden crust that envelopes the delicate, fluffy center. The pinch of salt that makes the tubers dangerously addictive. Or that enticing aroma that emanates after freshly deep-frying them. Whatever the reason, French fries are one of ultimate comfort foods.
But what happens when you add on top of the fries another comforting dish, a classic cold-weather meal that is hearty, decadent, and satisfying in its own right? You get The Kroft’s braised short rib poutine. With boneless beef short rib, sautéed mushrooms, pickled onions, cheese curds, gravy and fries, it is a meal that arguably trumps all others in comfort level.
Beef short rib is the obvious star of the show. The combination cooking method employed in preparing the popular cut of beef results in unbelievably tender meat with little resistance, a fork-tender quality that simply melts in your mouth. Braising concentrates the flavors, infusing the protein with the essence of the cooking liquid.
Though the short rib is the captain of the dish, the hearty beef gravy is the anchor of the poutine. It injects the dish with such bold, comforting, wholesome flavor that melds all the elements together, while also further imbuing the beef with such deep, intense aroma that makes you clamor for more with each and every bite.
Meanwhile, the sautéed thinly sliced button mushrooms deliver their characteristic earthiness and umami quality, giving the gravy its bold savory taste. Their springy texture adds another dimension to the dish. Cheese curds pair well with the meat, offering a distinctive salty element on top of the beef.
Beautiful thick-cut pickled red onions are the key accompanying component that completes this poutine. Their shocking pink hue dresses up the poutine, making the dish incredibly photogenic, while the flavors complement the other elements extremely well. The pickling process produces a delightfully balanced sweet and sour garnish that enhances the overall taste, while also providing spurts of juiciness. Moreover, its crunchy consistency sharply counterbalances the delicate nature of the meat. Beef and onions are a long established successful marriage that works once more here.
Roughly chopped parsley decorates the surface, adding a bright green color that complements the astonishing pink pickled onions. The herb balances the meatiness as well as the sweet-sour combination from the sliced bulbous veggies.
Whereas the Country Fried Poutine is burdened with deep-fried elements, the only heavy component here is the twice fried potato batons. As a result, the dish isn’t overwhelming by any means.
At an affordable $9, the braised short rib poutine is in line with The Kroft’s other poutine dishes. The Kroft is THE place in the OC for those with a penchant for poutine. This bustling establishment succeeds in incorporating American flavors into the original Canadian dish, taking comfort food to all new heights!