+
Home Cooking

Oxtail stew...Where did I go wrong?

Christina D | Feb 16, 200409:17 AM     21

Let me say first that I have *never* had oxtails before, so I don't know if what I experienced was typical or not.

I made oxtail stew yesterday from my Delicioso cookbook. It calls for basically throwing everything but the wine in the pot, cooking until the oxtails are brown, adding wine, then simmering uncovered for 3 hours.

At the end of the day, the gravy was wonderful (a bit fatty for my taste, but otherwise very good). The problem was the oxtails themselves. The shape of the bone made it very difficult to get the meat off and more than once, they went shooting across the table as we struggled to get the meat off. Once we did get a morsel or two of the #$%^ bone, it was tender and very flavorful.

Is there a certain way the meat needs to be trimmed before cooking (I did trim all the fat I could) or is it best to use the very small pieces that have a straight bone vs. one that is vertebra shaped?

What oh what did I do wrong??

Thanks so much.

Want to stay up to date with this post? Sign Up Now ›

More from Chowhound

The Best of Pumpkins: Why They're the Ultimate Fall Fruit
Guides

The Best of Pumpkins: Why They're the Ultimate Fall Fruit

by Jen Wheeler | It's fall, which means its time to pay tribute to that iconic mascot of the season. As a food, as...

13 Essential Apple Recipes for Fall
Recipe Round-Ups

13 Essential Apple Recipes for Fall

by Chowhound Editors | There are so many things to love about autumn rolling around again, especially apple season. Make...

9 Fall Salads That Put a Fresh Spin on Autumn Produce
Recipe Round-Ups

9 Fall Salads That Put a Fresh Spin on Autumn Produce

by Pamela Vachon | These healthy fall salad recipes will keep you eating well all autumn, and cast your favorite fall...

This 20-Minute Sheet Pan Dinner Is the Ideal Fall Weeknight Feast
How To

This 20-Minute Sheet Pan Dinner Is the Ideal Fall Weeknight Feast

by Jen Wheeler | Never underestimate the power of a one pot meal (or one pan, as the case may be). This easy sheet...

Trending Discussions

2

Special Pasta Bowls, ISO

Updated 1 hour ago 5 comments
4

Fantasy Cookbook Library

Updated 5 minutes ago 8 comments
5

Salads are my Achilles heel...

Updated 2 hours ago 23 comments

Get fresh food news delivered to your inbox

Sign up for our newsletter to receive the latest tips, tricks, recipes and more, sent twice a week.