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Monday 9 May 2016

Oxtail Stifado : A Slow Cooked Stew

Another low carb recipe idea from Swedish chef Birgitta Höglund who is featured on Diet Doctor site and also has a popular low carb/Paleo recipe blog with more delicious recipes.

She writes ..."When I spend time in Greece, I like to eat slow-cooked stews made with lamb, pork, and rabbit, as well as other dishes made from tougher cuts of meat left to simmer a long time to bring out their wonderful, tender texture and rich flavor. Stifado, a stew featuring hints of cinnamon and orange, is a staple of most local restaurants. They usually make it with stew meat; here I’ve used a nutritious cut—oxtail."

4 servings
17g carbs per serving

8 pearl onions
3 garlic cloves
2 fl. oz. (50 ml) tomato paste
2 lbs (900 g) oxtail, cut into pieces
1–1,5 tablespoon salt
½ tablespoon black pepper corns, coarsely crushed
1 organic orange
1¼ lbs (500 g) tomatoes, crushed
2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
2 cinnamon sticks
2 bay leaves
8 whole allspice berries
1 tablespoon oregano
1 pinch ground cloves
5 oz. (150 g) butter

You can see the original article, recipe, full instructions at Diet Doctor site here

More about Oxtail:
Possibly the most unctuous, flavour-some cut of beef and inexpensive too. Oxtail (literally the tail of an ox) is most often sold cut into individual caudal vertebra - ranging in size from tennis-ball sized pieces where the tail joins the body to the acorn-sized tip of the tail.

Buyer's guide:
Be sure to get plenty of big pieces from your butcher as these will yield most meat; the smaller pieces will add richness and flavour to the sauce or stock.

Oxtail needs a seriously slow cooking time – at least three hours - but will reward you with a deep, hearty stew or soup. Make oxtail soups and stews the day before, leave to cool, then scrape off the solidified fat the following day before reheating.

Details from here

why not take your seat in the taverna to enjoy this delicious dish

All the best Jan


Jo said...

My mum used to cook oxtail when I was a child and I loved it. I've made it once for Mick and he wasn't keen, perhaps I should give it a try again as I remember it being really tasty. It's one of those things which would be delicious done in the slow cooker.

Anonymous said...

Slow cooked heaven, it looks delicious.


Conniecrafter said...

i have never had ox tail before but this dish sure does look good!

Tom said...

I must say that I've never had oxtail.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, it all sounds delicious except for the oxtail. I do not think I have ever eaten oxtail before. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

Linda Kay said...

My grandmother used to use the oxtail for soup and stews, as I remember.

Anonymous said...

Cook Oxtail slowly and it is a winner :)

Anonymous said...

Looks a very tasty dish from Birgitta.
Have you seen the Hairy Bikers Oxtail Stew recipe? It's very tasty.


Lowcarb team member said...

This has been a popular read ...
Thanks to you all for taking time to leave your comments and thoughts here, they are always appreciated.

Jo - cooked slowly this dish is so lovely

Annie - I agree "Slow cooked heaven"

Connie - this dish is lovely, hope you may give it a try soon ...

Tom - well you hadn't heard of oxtail! Now you have! Delicious when cooked slowly ...

Eileen - oxtail is a very inexpensive dish and cooked slowly can just taste delicious

Linda - yes, my grand-parents (and my mum) used to cook a dish with oxtail quite regularly too. Good home cooked food but also restaurants are now including in their menu's!

Anon at 17.21 - I think cooking slowly is the key!

Sue - it is a lovely dish from Birgitta. I'm sure the 'Hairy Bikers' one is too, they do have some very tasty recipes in their repertoire.

Wishing you all a continued good week ahead!

All the best Jan