1Heat oven to 300 degrees. In a small Dutch oven over high setting, heat oil and sear ribs on all sides. Remove ribs to a plate. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon of fat
2Lower heat to medium and saute onions, carrots, celery, and garlic about 8 minutes, or until onions are softened and slightly translucent. Add star anise, bay leaves, and chili flakes; cook 1 to 2 minutes.
3Place ribs back in pan, into the vegetables. Add wine and stock. Cover with foil, then lid. Cook 3 hours.
4Strain sauce and reduce until thick, about 10 minutes. Put ribs back in sauce and heat through.
If using as an appetizer:remove meat from bones and shred (discard tough connective tissue). scoop meat onto spoons, top with a small dollop of Horseradish crème. Arrange in a circle :)
5Recipe for Horseradish Crème: In a small mixing bowl, whisk together horseradish, sour cream, mustard, and lemon juice until mixture is smooth. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Yield: about 1-1/4 cups