Oxtails are the tail of the cow. They may not be a cut of beef you'd normally think to use, but if you skip oxtails, you're really missing out—they make wonderful soups and stews.
Here are 10 delicious oxtail recipes for soups, stews and main courses. Choose from soul food oxtail, Spanish oxtail and eastern European oxtail recipes.
If you have difficulty finding oxtails in your locale, you can substitute meaty veal or beef neck, short rib, shank or other various soup bones, but don't... expect quite as robust a flavor. As with any recipe, feel free to modify these to meet the needs and tastes of your own family.
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If you're just learning how to cook oxtails, you can't go wrong with this recipe for braised oxtail. It explains how to cook this cut of meat extremely slowly in order to make it tender and succulent.
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This combination of oxtails, red wine, Worcestershire sauce, seasonings and vegetables makes for a delicious family meal. You'll want to prepare the oxtail the night before, but also allow time before dinner to add vegetables to the dish.
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Oxtail soup is comfort food at its absolute best. You'll start this soup in the crockpot (which helps to make the meat more tender) and then finish cooking it on the stove. Plan on at least a full day for this to cook ... but it will be completely worth it.
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Here's another version of oxtail barley soup, this one heralding from eastern Europe. It's similar to the crockpot recipe above, but includes fewer vegetables and takes less time to make.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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The prep time for this hearty oxtail stew is literally about 15 minutes, so if you allow a bit of extra time in the morning, you can add all the ingredients to the crockpot and have stew for dinner that night.
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Combining braised oxtails with carrots, parsnips and turnips makes for delicious soul food. Serve this recipe with rice or with mashed potatoes.
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Guazzetto means "splashed with wine" in Italian, and this stew does include a healthy dose of red wine. Italian oxtail stew traditionally is served over pasta (although mashed potatoes, polenta or even cubes of bread will do in a pinch).
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Since cows have tails in every country, it's not surprising to find oxtail recipes from the world over, as well. English oxtail stew includes English mustard and dry sherry (if you prefer) instead of red wine.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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The English aren't the only ones to use sherry with their oxtails. This Spanish oxtail recipe is cooked in a pressure cooker, and should be served with home-fried potatoes.
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Allow plenty of time to make the three components of this delicious dish: oxtail stew, braised greens and white beans. It's the ultimate hearty winter comfort food.