Our Daily Dinner

Our Daily Dinner

February 3, 2011

An Accidental Oxtail Dinner

I confess. Seeing the neatly lined up oxtails at the butcher shop at Agata & Valentina, I couldn’t resist. The weather justified strong action: Oxtail Ragout. The recipe is loosely based on Teresa Barrenechea’s The Basque Table. Barrenechea calls it “Oxtail Bilbao Style, referring to Bilbao’s annual bull run, similar to the famous festival in Pamplona. Without worrying about the provenance of my oxtail, I tried to do it justice.

Menu

Oxtail Ragout
Potato Dumplings*
Wine: Marques de Riscal Rioja, Reservea, 2005
Dessert: Fruit

Prep Oxtail

4 pieces oxtail, trimmed
Flour to coat
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
2 leeks, cleaned and chopped
1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
2 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
1 tomato, diced
¾ to 1 cup red wine
Salt, black pepper, crushed red pepper flakes
Chopped parsley for garnish

Sprinkle the oxtail with salt. Spread the flour in a shallow dish, and coat the oxtail on all sides. Shake off the excess flour. In a deep skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Cook the oxtails for 5-7 minutes, until they are browned on all sides.
Add the carrots, leek, onion, and garlic. Cook, for about 10 minutes, until the vegetables begin to soften. Add the tomatoes. Add the wine and reduce heat. Cook for 2 to 2 ½ hours until the meat is tender. When cooled, refrigerate over night.

Finish Oxtail

Remove the fat before reheating the stew. Adjust seasoning. The recipe suggests to purée the vegetables. I preferred to have them visible.
Since George hates to tackle any food with bones, I removed the meat from two oxtails and arranged them over the vegetables. Luckily I love bones. So there was no contest here.

*I simply followed the instructions on the potato dumpling package.
They came out rather well. All told, it was a dramatic winter meal.
Olè.

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