Saturday, January 29, 2011

Oxtail, Root Vegetable & Barley Soup

Oxtail, Root Vegetable & Barley Soup : Liven up your typical vegetable soup with some yummy oxtails! While National Soup Month is coming to an end, it doesn't mean our love for a hearty, nutrient packed meal needs to be thrown to the trash! Here is one more recipe to add to a food lover's little black book. (And, not to mention, another tasty way to warm up from the frightful weather outside).

4lbs oxtails, cut into 3”pieces
3tbsp olive oil
2tbsp butter
1 c red wine
10c. chicken stock
2c. barley
1/2c. onions, small dice
2c. turnips, peeled & cut into 1” cubes
2c. carrot, peeled & cut into 1” pieces
2c. celery, cut into 1” pieces
1 bay leaf
2tbsp cornstarch
4tbsp red wine

1. Pat dry the oxtails, season with salt & pepper.
2 .In a large heavy bottomed pot coated with oil, add oxtail pieces in batches when the oil is hot, cook until browned on both sides for 4-5 minutes, (don't overcrowd)
3.Remove meat from pan & set aside.
4. Remove any excess oil from pan, return to stove top over medium heat.
5. Deglaze pan with 1c red wine, reduce by half scraping up any bits.
6. Add the chicken stock and the oxtail’s, bring to a boil then lower heat to a gentle simmer covered for 3- 3 1/2 hours, until tender and the meat is falling off the bone.
7. Remove the oxtails from the broth, place on a plate until cool enough to handle, separate the meat from the bones, cut into bite size pieces. (Discard the bones, refrigerate the meat and broth until later).

1. De-fatten: scrape off the fat and discard. .
2.. Melt butter over medium heat in a medium pot.
3. Add the root vegetables (carrots, celery, onions & turnips) season with salt and pepper, stirring constantly for 5 minutes.
4. Add barley, bay leaf & the reserved broth. Bring to a boil, simmer over low heat until the barley has bloomed but is still tender, about 30 minutes. Stir in the oxtail meat, taste and season with salt & pepper if needed.
5. Make a slurry using the 4tbsp red wine and cornstarch, mix together to make a smooth paste. 6. Slowly pour into soup to thicken slightly for 2 minutes, ladle into bowls.

Enjoy and stay warm!

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