Citrus Braised Beef Croquettes


  • 1 cup (240 ml) Florida orange juice
  • 1 cup (240 ml)  Florida tangerine juice
  • 2 cups (480 ml) Irish stout beer
  • ¼ cup  balsamic vinegar
  • ½ cup carrot, diced in 1-inch cubes
  • ½ cup onion, diced in 1-inch cubes
  • ½ cup celery, diced in 1-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 pounds beef bone in short ribs
  • Salt to taste

For Breading & Cooking:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 6 eggs, beaten
  • 4 cups breadcrumbs
  • 2 quarts olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Florida Citrus Aioli:

  • ½ cup (120 ml) Florida orange juice
  • ½ cup (120 ml) Florida tangerine juice
  • 1 cup olive oil mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Florida orange zest, chopped


Citrus Braised Beef Croquettes

1. Combine Florida orange juice, Florida tangerine juice, beer, balsamic carrots, onions, celery, thyme, allspice, nutmeg, pepper and bay leaf. Pour over short ribs in ovenproof casserole dish.

2. Cover dish and bake at 275F. for 2½ to 3 hours, until meat is fork tender.

3. Remove short ribs from braising liquid; reserve and cool.

4. Strain braising liquid into medium saucepan; bring to a simmer. Simmer until volume is reduced by two-thirds. Reserve liquid.

5. Remove short rib meat from bones and pull apart into small pieces; discard bones and fat. Add reduced braising liquid to pulled meat; combine thoroughly.

6. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate until firm.

While meat mixture is cooling, prepare Florida Citrus Aioli:
– Place Florida orange juice and Florida tangerine juice in medium saucepan; bring to a simmer. Simmer until volume is reduced by two-thirds.
– Refrigerate reduced juice mixture until cold. Add mayonnaise, chives and Florida orange zest to chilled juice mixture; stir to combine. Reserve.

7. Portion chilled short rib meat into small balls, 1-inch in diameter; roll between two hands to form round balls. Place short rib balls in freezer; freeze until firm.

8. Roll balls in flour; dip in egg and then roll in breadcrumbs. Heat olive oil in 6-quart stockpot over medium-low heat to 350F.

9. Fry croquettes in batches until golden brown; remove from oil with slotted spoon and place onto a plate lined with paper towels to drain excess oil.

10. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve croquettes with Florida Citrus Aioli.

Serving Suggestion:
Serve with Sunny Lager.