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Oxtail Stew

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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 an 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
Β½ tsp kosher salt
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp smoked paprika
Β½ tsp cumin
Β½ tsp coriander
1 tsp Aromat
Β½ tsp black pepper
1 Tblsp BBQ spice
2 onions chopped
1 large cinnamon stick
1 bay leaf
3 crushed garlic cloves
1 can of 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 sautΓ© and sautΓ© 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
Β½ tsp cumin seeds
1 large cinnamon stick
1 heaped tbsp brown sugar
Few thyme leaves

Melt 2 Tblsp butter/ghee in a pot with a 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 the lowest setting and cover with a lid and leave to cook till soft and tender and β€˜swimming’ in juicy butter 😊


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6 thoughts on “Oxtail Stew”

  1. I never realized how delicious oxtails were until I used them in my bone broth recipe. You know the word “oxtail” was one of those words that turned me off, but I am so glad I tried it. So glad to have an actual recipe I can use to highlight just them! I also love Butternut squash and this recipe sounds yummy!

    • Thanks so much – Oxtail is super super delicious and we just love it. We make it on a regular basis (takes a long time so start early) but love it. Hope you also enjoy making it. I personally make it slightly different than Mel, but eventually all comes down to a very taste meal.


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