Chef Dave Beran adds warm spices — cinnamon, peppercorns and juniper — to punch up his hearty stew. He also adds pears and apples, which give the stew a lovely fruitiness and make it especially good with Oregon Pinot Noir. Slideshow: More Fall Recipes 

Dave Beran
October 2015

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Recipe Summary

active:
45 mins
total:
3 hrs 45 mins
Yield:
4
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a piece of cheesecloth, wrap the herbs, peppercorns, cinnamon, juniper and bay leaf and tie with kitchen twine. In an enameled cast-iron casserole, combine the bundle, oxtails, wine and stock; add 2 cups of water. The oxtails should be completely submerged; if necessary, add more water. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

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  • Preheat the oven to 350°. Transfer the oxtails to a plate. Bring the marinade to a simmer, skimming off any foam. Add the oxtails and all of the remaining ingredients except the salt, pepper and chopped parsley and bring to a boil. Press a sheet of parchment paper directly on the stew and cover tightly with foil. Braise the oxtails in the oven for about 3 hours, until the meat is very tender. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the oxtails to a plate. Transfer the vegetables to a separate plate. Discard the herb-and-spice bundle. If necessary, simmer the cooking liquid until slightly thickened.

  • Pick the oxtail meat off of the bones in large pieces; discard the bones and any excess fat. Return the meat and vegetables to the pot and bring to a simmer; cook for 5 minutes, until heated through. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve.

Make Ahead

The oxtail stew can be refrigerated for 3 days; reheat before serving.

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