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
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.