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Oxtail Stew

Photo: Mark Thomas; Styling: Gerri Williams
Prep time 50 mins
Chill time 4 hrs
Cook time 3 hrs, 30 mins
Yield Serves: 6
Slow cooked, richly flavored Oxtail Stew is the perfect cold-weather one-dish meal. Round out this stew with your favorite hearty bread.


  • 4 pounds oxtails, cut into 1-inch-thick pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 3 carrots, sliced 1/2-inch thick
  • 3 ribs celery, sliced 1/2-inch thick
  • 2 leeks, trimmed, cut in half lengthwise, sliced 1/2-inch thick
  • 1 turnip, peeled, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 sprigs thyme
  • 5 cups low-sodium beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Nutrition Information

  • calories 431
  • fat 22 g
  • satfat 5 g
  • protein 31 g
  • carbohydrate 19 g
  • fiber 3 g
  • cholesterol 90 mg
  • sodium 827 mg

How to Make It

  1. Place meat in a large bowl and cover with cold water. Add vinegar, cover bowl and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. Drain; pat dry.

  2. Place a rack in the lower third of oven and preheat to 325ºF. In a large ziplock bag, mix flour, mustard, 1 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper. Warm 2 Tbsp. oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Working in batches, toss oxtail pieces in flour mixture, shake off excess and brown on all sides in pot, turning with tongs. Do not overcrowd the pan. Remove to a plate; repeat with remaining pieces, adding more oil to pan as needed.

  3. Pour wine into pan and cook for 3 minutes, stirring to scrape up browned bits from bottom. Add onions and garlic and cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in tomato paste; cook for 1 minute. Return meat to pan and add carrots, celery, leeks, turnip, bay leaves and thyme. Season with salt and pepper. Pour in broth and bring to a boil over high heat. Cover pot and place in oven. Cook until meat is very tender when pierced with the tip of a knife, about 3 hours.

  4. Remove oxtail pieces to a plate to cool. Discard bay leaves and thyme sprigs. Skim fat off top of stew in pot. Pick meat off bones and return to pot; discard bones and gristle. Rewarm stew over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper, if desired, and stir in parsley.