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Oxtail stew for wintery days |


Oxtail recipe

Possibly the best part of winter is getting into making really good home cooked stews and casseroles. My Grandfather and father love Oxtail and this recipe has been around in the family for years, its homey and delicious. There is also a great Oxtail recipe for the potjie pot, none of us had any eating disorders I tell you that much.

What you need

1-1.3kg oxtail pieces
1 large onion chopped
2 cups beef stock
1 cup water
2 cups of a robust red wine
1 garlic clove finely chopped
2 large carrots chopped into big chunks
3 sticks celery chopped
50ml tomato paste
salt and pepper
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 bay leaf

The process

Season the oxtail pieces and brown them over a high heat in a cast iron casserole if you have one or in a large pot then remove them and set aside.

Cook the onions until soft, add the meat, stock, water, salt and pepper to taste and wine, bring to the boil.

Place the cast iron casserole covered in the oven or transfer everything to an ovenproof casserole dish at 200 celsius and cook for 3 hours.

Add the vegetables, tomato pastegarlic, thyme and bay leaf and return to the oven for at least another hour.

When you remove it from the oven there will be fat floating on the top, just remove it with a spoon and let the stew sit for a while. The meat should be easy to take off the bones and the sauce should be fairly thick. If it is a little watery take 1 tablespoon of flour in a little water and add it. Mix it in well and place in the oven for another 15 minutes.

Served this with brown rice boiled potatoes and veg of your choice, you will talk about it for days!! Try this spaghetti meatballs recipe for a nice home style Italian meal or the osso buco.

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9 Responses to “Oxtail stew for wintery days”

  1. minnaar says:

    Haai daar.

    Ek en ma gesin is die naweek bykeurbooms strand kom rus vir die naweek. ek google toe oxtail recepe, toe kom ek op joune af. hands down die lekkerste en maklikste resep ooit!!! ons gaan dit defnitief in ons familie resepte boek inskryf! Baie dankie vir jou hulp!

  2. nesie says:

    what is beef stock and what kind of red wine

    • Graham says:

      Hi nesie, beef stock is generally made from dissolving a stock cube or stock powder in water, Knorr make them, Woolworths etc, you can find them in any supermarket. Aby red wine you would drink! Cheers G

      • Greg says:

        Recommending stock cubes for such a recipe is sacrilege. You should really be making your own stock if you want this to taste it’s best.

        • Graham says:

          Hi Greg, agreed, home made stock will make a difference but quick and easy is what it’s all about:) Although I have to say I have been using a stock jelly lately which is incredibly good. Happy days G

  3. Kari says:

    Absolutely delicious. Thank you for sharing! 🙂 My husband and kids loved it.

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