Oxtail and Pumpkin Couscous

READY IN: 4hrs 20mins
Recipe by Izzy Knight

My MIL's recipe. The oxtail adds such depth to the couscous; it's like gourmet veal stock but half the price. Great Fall recipe for family get-together.

Top Review by Pianolady

I came here to post this recipe tonight from my cookbook and was happy to find it here. This is Emeril Lagasse's exact recipe but has one missing ingredient -- 1 teaspoon cinnamon -- and I think it is an important addition. I have made this several times and it is an incredible dish.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large dutch oven heat the oil and butter over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the oxtails and brown on all sides, about 6 minutes.
  3. (don't fuss them around, leave'em be!) Add onions and cook until slightly softened, about 2 minutes.
  4. Add the garlic, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon and red pepper, and cook until aromatic, about 3 minutes.
  5. Add the chicken stock and bring the mixture to a boil over high heat.
  6. Lower the heat to a simmer, cover, and cook for 2 hours and 30 minutes, or until oxtails are tender but not falling apart.
  7. Add the carrots and continue to cook uncovered over medium-low heat for 20 minutes.
  8. Add the pumpkin, sugar and raisins, and continue to cook uncovered, until pumpkin and oxtails are tender, about 15 minutes.
  9. Add the chickpeas, cilantro and parsley and cook an additional 10 minutes, until flavors come together.
  10. Taste and adjust seasoning, serve over hot cous cous.

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