Layered oxtail with zucchini and apple puree

recipe Layered oxtail with zucchini and apple puree final plate

This is probably my favorite recipe. It is pretty elaborate, but you can prepare most of it in advance, so if you want to serve it for dinner you can start cooking in the morning or even the previous day. I use a pressure cooker to decrease the cooking time, as the ox tail takes 3 hours in a regular pot. The contrast of flavors and textures makes it an absolute crowd pleaser.

Ingredients (serves 6)

2 kgs (4 pounds) oxtail

1 cup red wine (preferably Rioja)

1 1/2 cups extra-dry white wine

2/3 sprigs thyme

1/2 sprigs rosemary

4/5 cloves

2/3 bay leaves

2 medium yellow onions

2 leeks

2 red peppers (or 1 red ,1 yellow)

4 medium carrots

4 tart apples

flour, cocoa powder, butter, olive oil, salt and pepper

Preparation

STEP 1.- Remove any extra fat from the oxtail pieces, pat dry and coat them with flour. Season with salt and pepper.

Layered oxtail with zucchini and apple puree Step 1

Layered oxtail with zucchini and apple puree Step 2

STEP 2.-Heat 3 tbsps. of olive oil in the pot you will use to cook the meat (in my case, pressure cooker) and fry the oxtail until golden brown. Set aside.

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Layered oxtail with zucchini and apple puree (Fry)

STEP 3.- Chop the vegetables coarsely into small pieces. Add some extra olive oil to the pot if needed and sauté  the onions and leeks first. Add the  rest of the vegetables, until they start getting golden brown.

Layered oxtail with zucchini and apple puree (Vegetables)

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STEP 4.- Add the herbs, the spices, the oxtail and the wine. Add a little water if needed to almost cover.

oxtail preparation- vegetables and herbs

STEP 5.- Cook for 1 hour in the pressure cooker or about 3 in a regular pot, until the meat comes easily apart from the bone.

oxtail preparation - cooking

STEP 6.- Take the meat out of the pot and let cool down.

Layered oxtail with zucchini and apple puree (Fried)

STEP 7.- Remove part of the liquid fat that will say on top. Puree the vegetables and remaining liquid, previously removing the herbs and spices. Add 2 tbsp. of pure cocoa powder and blend it. You can also add a little sugar if needed.

STEP 8.- Separate the meat from the bones and any other tissue. Set aside.

Layered oxtail with zucchini and apple puree (Before mix)

STEP 9.- Peel and chop the apples, add 1 tbsp. butter, 1 tbsp. sugar and cook them in the microwave for 3-6 minutes, depending on your microwave. Puree them with the hand blender.Layered oxtail with zucchini and apple puree

STEP 10.- Dice 2 zucchinis (do not peel). Sauté them in a pan with 1 tbsp. butter, over medium high heat, so they get golden brown but still a little crunchy, not soft.

STEP 11.- Add a few tbsps. of the sauce to the meat, so it gets a little juicier.

STEP 12.- With the help of a round mold, place a layer of zucchini, a layer of meat and a layer of apple pure. Serve with mashed potatoes and some sauce to decorate. Serve the rest of the sauce aside.

oxtail recipe plated

Author: SimpleTapas

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  1. Y de las mías. Doy fe de lo buenísimo que está. Con lo bien que lo explicas, me voy a animar a prepararlo

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    • Me alegro de que te animes, seguro que lo bordas!

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