Wednesday, July 14, 2010

VacatioNg- Braised Ox Tail

I'm still experiencing withdrawals from 7 days of fun and food with my family. I miss waking up everyday at 7 (that's really 4AM since we're west coast time!) just so I don't miss a minute of hanging out time with everyone! We all met in Orlando in the most lovely vacation rental house. It was a week of relaxation, tennis, swimming and EATING! We started the trip with a fun dinner at the Black Angus steak house! Then the next day we went straight to the Asian market with a pit stop at the Vietnamese restaurant next door of course. We stocked the fridge and pantry full of food and snacks and I mean FULL! Then the cooking began! I'm going to let my sisters talk more about the food but I would like to highlight my pride and joy for the week, braised oxtails!
We saved this dish for later in the week as you will see from the other Ngs that there were many nights of succulent roasted meats! We served it with rice, roasted zucchini and Cindy's delicious corn casserole.

Em's Ox Tail Stew
1 oxtail cut into pieces
1 can of whole plum tomatoes (hand crushed with juices)
1 carrot diced
1 onion diced
5 cloves garlic crushed
thyme - 1 teaspoon dried or 4 sprigs fresh
1 bay leaf
1 tablespoon Goya sofrito (if not available, totally ok to leave out)

  • brown oxtail in 9 qt dutch oven or other large pot
  • remove oxtail and saute onion, garlic until caramelized
  • add sofrito if using
  • add tomatoes and bring to boil
  • add bay leaf, thyme
  • return oxtails and bring to boil
  • add water to almost cover, bring to boil
  • simmer for an hour and half to 2 hours until oxtails are tender

Vietnamese for Lunch

Three Treasure Rice - 3 style pork with soft fried egg

Grilled Pork with Vermicelli Dry / with Soup Bowl


Marisa said...

The ox tail stew looks delicious. You are lucky to have a family that loves to cook together. Sounds like a lot of fun!

Joy said...

I love oxtail. I have only made it filipino style. I can't wait to try your recipe.

hungrysmurf said...

Joy, this recipe definitely has latin influences and has similar flavors to filipino food, which btw I LOVE! Diniguan (sp?), pancit and a breakfast of eggs, rice and longanisa are some of my favorites!!

Anncoo said...

My family loves oxtail stew especially the Russian style. Hope to see your recipe soon :)

Monet said...

So happy to hear that you had such a lovely time...these flavors sound amazing!

Anna said...

Awwww, thats lovely to be able to meet your family and have a cookout. It all looks so delicious.

Home Sweet Dreams said...

I don't take beef but looks interesting.

Angie's Recipes said...

I love oxtail stew! Looks so tempting with all the gravy!

Patty said...

OH my goodness! I have never had oxtail soup, but your photos make me want to eat it ASAP...even though it is 100 degrees outside! Also, the other dishes you have in your post look fantastic. Can we come to your house and participate in the eating feast, too? Delicious!

The Cilantropist said...

This looks really delicious, my grandmother used to make a german oxtail stew so this really reminds me of her! :)

MaryMoh said...

That's really so much fun and food! I wish I was there to join you all! Your dish looks very delicious...mmm

Tastes of Home said...

all I can say is that everything looks so delicious! I might have to try out the oxtail stew for a start :)