Braided Oxtail with Orange and Star Anise

Rich and Robust, this Braised Oxtail with Orange and Star Anise makes interesting change to beef. Braising it very slowly tenderises it to the full. Finally, oranges are a tasty addition to this stew, as their fruity sweetness complement the meat.

Braised Oxtail with Orange and Star Anise

First, here is the list of the different ingredients you will need to make the Braised Oxtail with Orange and Star Anise that serves 4 to 6

  • 2 Oxtails 1.200 kg or 3 lb each cut into pieces
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 350 ml or 1 1/2 cup red wine
  • 3 star anise
  • 2 carrots, peeled and cut in chunks
  • 4 celeri stalks
  • 2 oranges, sliced in quarters
  • small bunch of parsley leaves, chopped
  • 500 ml or 2 cups beef stock

Now, here are the different steps you will need to follow to make the Braised Oxtail with Orange and Star Anise with a 3 hour cooking time

To start, season the oxtail pieces with salt and pepper. Heat half the oil in a large casserole over medium heat, then add the meat in batches and fry until browned on all sides. After that, remove from your casserole and set aside.

Then, heat the remaining oil in the casserole, add the onion and cook until soften. Stir through the garlic then pour in the red wine and let simmer until slightly reduced. Return the meat to the casserole and add the star anise, the carrots, the celery stalks. Pour over enough stock to cover the meat.

Bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer, cover and let cook for about 3 hours. Add the orange quarters for the last 30 minutes of cooking and leave the casserole uncovered to allow the liquid to thicken.

Finally, the meat will fall away from the bone. At that point, remove the bay leave and star anise. thus, Serve on a bed of pasta like here with Papardelle and sprinkle with parsley.

Now if you love Casseroles and stews try without hesitation the Ox Cheek in Pot-au-feu Way 

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