Braised Brown Sugar Oxtail, with star anise

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Braised Brown Sugar Oxtail, with star anise

Serves: Time: 03:30 Skill:
Recipe by Andrew Clarke.
FOR THE OXTAIL:
  • 1 kg Greenlea oxtail
  • 2 L beef stock
  • 1 onion
  • 1 stick celery
  • ½ leek
  • 1 carrot
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 star anise
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • Salt and cracked black pepper
  FOR THE POTATO MASH:
  • 1 kg peeled agria potatoes
  • 100 ml milk
  • 250 g butter
  • Salt and white pepper
  SEASONAL VEGETABLES:
  • 500 g baby carrots
  • 500 g asparagus
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 40 g butter
Preheat oven to 160˚C.  Trim the oxtail, removing any excess fat or sinew from the outside.  You don’t need to be too fussy with this as it will all break down during cooking.  Season the oxtail heavily with salt and black pepper.  In a large pan, fry the oxtail in a little oil until golden on all sides.  Place the oxtail in a casserole dish or deep pan.  Discard the excess fat from the pan but don’t clean it.

Roughly chop the onion, celery, leek and carrot, adding it to the pan used for browning the oxtail.  Add in the star anise, bay leaves and garlic, and return to heat.  Once the vegetables have some colour, add in 500ml of the beef stock and the brown sugar to de-glaze the pan.  Pour this over the oxtail along with the remaining stock.  Cover and place in oven for around 3 hours or until meat is falling off the bone.

FOR THE POTATO MASH:
Boil the potatoes in salted water until tender.  Drain well.  While still hot, mash with a masher until smooth, then whisk in the butter and milk.  Season to taste.

FOR THE SEASONAL VEGETABLES
Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil.  Drop in the baby carrots and cook for 4 minutes, then add in the asparagus.  Cook for a further 3 minutes, then drain.  Place the olive oil and butter in a large pan over a high heat then add in the carrots and asparagus. Season with salt and cook to give a little colour.

Serve the oxtail on the bone with potato mash and seasonal vegetables.  This is really classic comfort food; it is a little messy to eat so you might need a finger bowl.

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