Tuesday, July 19, 2011


serves six

500 grams small beef shin pieces
125 grams rindless bacon, cubed
2 tablespoons oil
1 tablespoon butter
1-1,25 kg oxtail, trimmed of excess fat
2 teaspoons garlic & herb seasoning
1 teaspoon garlic pepper seasoning
3 large onions, chopped
3 large carrots, sliced
3 cloves garlic, sliced
1 bay leaf
3 tablespoons flour
2 cups red wine
2 cups water
2 tablespoons beef stock powder
2 tablespoons tomato pesto
250 grams whole button mushrooms
500 grams pickling onions
2 tablespoons olive oil

Brown the beef shin and bacon in the oil/butter mixture in a big, heavy-bottomed saucepan. Remove with a slotted spoon and keep aside. Brown the oxtail in batches in the same fat. Keep on one side. Season the meat with garlic & herb seasoning as well as garlic pepper seasoning. Brown the onions in the same pot. When golden-brown, add the carrots, garlic and bay leaf. Stir-fry for 3 minutes. Add the flour and blend in. Add the wine, water, stock powder and tomato pesto. Bring to the boil. Place the browned shin, bacon and oxtail back in the pot, cover and simmer very gently for 2½-3 hours until the meat is fork-tender.

Remove the bay-leaf. Blot off excess fat with a double layer of absorbent kitchen paper. Briefly brown the pickling onions and mushrooms in olive oil in a separate fry pan and add to the meat. Simmer for 15 minutes until onions are just tender. Adjust seasoning to taste.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Ina Paarman, Paarman Foods, Diep River, Cape Town, South Africa

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