Braised Oxtails With Carrots

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READY IN: 3hrs 10mins
Recipe by KateL

Entered for safe-keeping for ZWT5. From The New Doubleday Cookbook. I haven't made this version yet, but I used to adore making Oxtail Ragout from a McCall's cookbook from the 70s. Oxtails cooked this way have an ungamey rich taste, and the dissolving cartilage ensures a nice, thick sauce. Oxtail Soup is very popular in Creole Cuisine; its roots are French. Braising is such a wonderful way to bring out flavor and tenderize lesser cuts of meat. To make it more "Creole", have a bottle of hot sauce at the table.

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  1. Brown oxtail in oil in a large, heavy kettle (6-qt Le Creuset pot preferably) over high heat and drain on paper toweling.
  2. Reduce heat to moderate, add onions to kettle and saute, stirring, 8 to 10 minutes until golden.
  3. Return meat to kettle, add water (or beer or wine mix), tomato sauce, celery seeds, bay leaf, parsley, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper. Cover, and simmer over low heat 3 hours until meat is tender. Cool and skim off fat.
  4. (Note: Recipe can be prepared to this point a day or so ahead of time. Cool, cover, and refrigerate or freeze for future use. Bring oxtail to room temperature before proceeding, or if frozen thaw gently over low heat, stirring frequently.)
  5. Add carrots, cover, and simmer 20 minutes until tender. Blend flour and water, then mix in flour-water paste and heat, stirring, until thickened. Serve over buttered noodles or rice.

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