Dry garlic spareribs and Ciabatta Recipe

Simmering the ribs in sauce adds flavor to this Montreal specialty.

Serves 4 to 6

3 pounds spareribs*
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 1/2 cups water
4 or 5 garlic cloves
4 1/2 tablespoons light soy sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons dry mustard

Bring a large pot of water to boil. Cut the ribs apart. Add the spareribs to the boiling water, cover, and allow to simmer for 30 minutes until tender.

While the spareribs are simmering, mix together the sauce ingredients. Remove the spareribs from the pot, and slice the meat between the bones. If you like, set aside the pork broth to use in another recipe. Clean out the pot.

Add the sauce ingredients to the pot and bring to a boil. Add the spareribs, bring back to a boil, and simmer for 10 - 15 minutes.

*This recipe is very adaptable - you could also use 2 or 4 pounds of spareribs and adjust the other ingredients accordingly.

Nutritional breakdown per serving (based on 6 servings): 550 calories (kcal); 34 g Total Fat (52 percent calories from fat); 25 g Protein; 37 g Carbohydrate; 110 mg Cholesterol; 381 mg Sodium; trace Fiber


Ciabatta Recipe

Sponge
1/8 teaspoon active dry yeast
2 tablespoons warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
1/3 cup warm water
1 cup bread flour

Bread
1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast
2 tablespoons warm milk (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
2/3 cup warm water
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cups bread flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt

To Make Sponge: In a small bowl stir together yeast and the warm water and let stand 5 minutes, or until creamy.

In a bowl stir together yeast mixture, water, and bread flour. Stir 4 minutes, then over bowl with plastic wrap. Let sponge stand at cool room temperature for at least 12 hours and up to 1 day.

To Make Bread: In a small bowl stir together yeast and milk and let stand 5 minutes, or until creamy.

In bowl of a standing electric mixer fitted with dough hook, blend together milk mixture, sponge, water, oil, and flour at low speed until flour is just moistened; add salt and mix until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes. Scrape dough into an oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let dough rise at room temperature until doubled in bulk, about 1 1/2 hours. (Dough will be sticky and full of air bubbles.)

Turn dough out onto a well-floured work surface and cut in half. Transfer each half to a parchment sheet and form into an irregular oval about 9 inches long. Dimple loaves with floured fingers and dust tops with flour. Cover loaves with a dampened kitchen towel. Let loaves rise at room temperature until almost doubled in bulk, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

At least 45 minutes before baking ciabatta, put a baking stone on oven rack in lowest position in oven and preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).

Transfer 1 loaf on its parchment to a rimless baking sheet with a long side of loaf parallel to far edge of baking sheet. Line up far edge of baking sheet with far edge of stone or tiles, and tilt baking sheet to slide loaf with parchment onto back half of stone or tiles. Transfer remaining loaf to front half of stone in a similar manner. Bake ciabatta loaves 20 minutes, or until pale golden. Cool loaves on a wire rack.