Oxtail Stew

Oxtail Stew
Slow cooked, richly flavored Oxtail Stew – a perfect comfort meal!

Everybody has their own comfort food. Mine is oxtail. And I want to be comforted quick so out came the pressure cooker. And for extra comfort, I had it with butternut with loads of butter 😊 No New Year’s diet for me. I was so comforted I had it again for breakfast after everybody had left for work. Tasted even better

Using electric pressure cooker
600 gr oxtail – sprinkle with 2 tsp bicarb and leave 15 minutes then rinse and pat dry

2 cups of flour to which I added –
1 tsp celery salt
½ tsp kosher salt
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp smoked paprika
½ tsp cumin
½ tsp coriander
1 tsp Aromat
½ tsp black pepper
1 Tblsp BBQ spice
2 onions chopped
1 large cinnamon stick
1 bay leaf
3 crushed garlic cloves
1 can crushed tomatoes
1 sachet of tomato paste
1 packet mutton soup
250 ml red wine (optional)
1 packet of mixed vegetables
A few sprigs thyme

Coat the oxtail completely in the seasoned flour.
Turn the cooker on to sauté and sauté onions, bay leaf, cinnamon and mustard seeds till onions are translucent.
Add oxtail to the pot and turn the temperature to browning and brown the oxtail and seal in the meat and spices.
About 10-15 minutes.
Add 1 cup of beef stock and add tomato paste, chopped tomatoes, and wine (if using).
Turn pressure to high pressure for 75 minutes.
Add vegetables, garlic, mutton soup, and thyme.
Cook for another hour.
If oxtail not to your doneness cook longer some like it falling off the bone – I don’t like it separated from the bone.

Buttery Butternut
1 butternut, peeled and cubed
4 Tblsp butter or ghee (I used ghee)
1 tsp mustard seeds
½ tsp cumin seeds
1 large cinnamon stick
1 heaped Tbsp brown sugar
Few thyme leaves

Melt 2 Tblsp butter/ghee in a pot with tight-fitting lid.
Add mustard and cumin seeds and wait till they pop.
Add butternut, cinnamon, sugar and the remaining 2 Tblsp butter/ghee and turn pot to lowest setting and cover with lid and leave to cook till soft and tender and ‘swimming’ in juicy butter 😊

Prepared, tried and tested Melanie Kramar

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