Hearty Oxtail Ragu for Gnocchi

April  1, 2014
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  • Serves 6
Author Notes

This savory oxtail ragu is the classic comfort food. We combined onions, carrots, celery, garlic, and oxtails with brown ale and beef stock to create an extremely tender ragu that we served over gnocchi. —First We Eat

What You'll Need
  • 5 pounds Oxtails
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Butter
  • 5 Celery Stalks, Chopped
  • 2 Carrot Sticks, Chopped
  • 1 Large Onion, Chopped
  • 2 cups Brown Ale
  • 3 cups Canned Diced Tomatoes
  • 6 sprigs Fresh Parsley
  • 3 sprigs Fresh Rosemary
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 2 cups Beef Broth
  • 2 tablespoons Flour for dusting the oxtails
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Sprinkle some flour, salt, and pepper over the oxtails. Heat a heavy bottom pot with the olive oil and butter. Once hot, add the oxtails and brown on all sides. Transfer oxtails to a bowl and add the onion, carrots, and celery to the pot. Reduce heat and cook until onions are translucent and vegetables start to brown. Add the ale and the tomatoes and simmer for about 5 minutes. Add garlic and herbs (you can tie the parsley and rosemary up with kitchen twine as you will be removing later). Return oxtails to the pot and add broth, bring to a boil. Once pot it boiling, cover pot and put it in the oven.
  2. Keep oxtails in the oven for at least 2 hours or until oxtails are very tender. Once they’re done, transfer oxtails to a baking sheet or roasting pan and pull the meat off the bones. Meanwhile use an immersion blender or a potato masher to blend all the vegetables in the pot into a nice sauce. Add meat to the sauce, season with salt & pepper.

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HRH January 13, 2015
I love oxtails. In fact, I'm thinking of re-writing that Maria von Trapp song from "The Sound of Music" just so I can work in oxtails, somehow. I actually followed this recipe (doubled it) and it was fantastic. I don't know why this isn't a contest winner/community pick yet- must be too awesome for competition. Something like that.