Oxtail Stifado

Next stop? Flavortown! This stew is slow-simmered to bring out every ounce of goodness from the meat and vegetables. It’s savory with a hint of sweetness, and your taste buds are going to do a happy dance.
Next stop? Flavortown! This stew is slow-simmered to bring out every ounce of goodness from the meat and vegetables. It’s savory with a hint of sweetness, and your taste buds are going to do a happy dance.

Ingredients

4 servingservings
USMetric
  • 8 8 pearl onionpearl onions
  • 3 3 garlic clovegarlic cloves
  • 313 tablespoons 50 ml tomato paste
  • 2 lbs 900 g oxtail, cut into piecesoxtails, cut into pieces
  • 1 - 1½ tablespoons 1 - 1½ tablespoons salt
  • ½ tablespoon ½ tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 1 1 orangeoranges
  • 1¼ lbs 500 g crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 2 cinnamon stickcinnamon sticks
  • 2 2 bay leafbay leaves
  • 8 8 allspice berries
  • 1 tablespoon 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 pinch 1 pinch ground cloves
  • 513 oz. 150 g butter

Instructions

Instructions are for 4 servings. Please modify as needed.

  1. Peel the onions and garlic, and cut them in half. Brown them slightly in oil and add in the tomato paste. Stir well, and sauté with the onions for a few minutes — this will remove some of the acidic tang from the paste. Transfer the onion mixture into a Crock-Pot or a stew pot.
  2. Sear the oxtail in a separate sauté pan, and season with salt and pepper. Wash and julienne the orange peel with a zester or a potato peeler. Juice the orange, and mix juice and orange peel into the stew along with the crushed tomatoes, vinegar, cinnamon, bay leaves, allspice, oregano, and ground cloves.
  3. Place the meat into the sauce, and deglaze the sauté pan with 2 fl. oz. (50 ml) water; pour the resulting sauce over the stew. Let it simmer in the Crock-Pot on low for about 7 to 8 hours. On the stovetop, it will take between 4 to 5 hours. Test and see if the meat is tender; if not, let it cook a little longer. Taste and adjust for seasoning as needed.
  4. To cook the stifado in the oven, let the stew come to a boil, and then set it, covered with a tight-fitting lid, in an oven set at 200°F (100°C). Check on it after a few hours, turning the chunks of meat, and thin the sauce with some more water if it gets too thick.
  5. After 8 hours, use a fork or toothpick to check and see if the meat is tender. If it’s not ready, let it simmer for another hour.

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One Comment

  1. Gail Siegel
    I would advise using a cheesecloth bag to contain the allspice berries and cinnamon sticks if they are the delicate, frisable type. Add sliced green olives toward the end for acidity.

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