Tail. I’m eating tail. Did you ever think about that? I’m not one to get squirmy about eating “weird” animal parts, and this is no exception because this tail is deliiiiiish.
The first time I cooked oxtail, I baked it for a long time and it came out SO tough. It’s easy to mess up an oxtail dish. It’ll come out too tough or overdone – pretty inedible when it’s that tough so I threw mine in my Crockpot this time.
I didn’t have a plan or recipe for this dish (like every other dish I ever make, ever). I just threw the meat in and went to town with my spices. I’ll try to remember what I used and, as always, my measurements are super accurate……
- 6 or so pieces of oxtail
- 1 yellow onion
- 1 bag baby carrots
- 2 parsnips
- apple cider vineger
- water (or broth)
Spices: (In order of what I used more of to the least of)
- garlic pow (a lot. a lot, a lot)
- chili powder
- black pepper
- sea salt
- Oxtail into slow cooker
- Add onion (chopped into large pieces)
- Add peeled & chopped parsnips
- Add carrots
- Add all spices – I used a LOT of garlic pow because I was too lazy to cut & chop real garlic. After all the spices, I added even more garlic pow.
- Add 2-3 tbsp of balsamic vinegar (I just added 2 “pours”)
- Add 1-2 tbsp apple cider vinegar (I just added 1 “pour”)
- Add 1/2 cup of water or broth (I used the slow cooker cover, filled it with “some” water & poured that into the Crockpot)
- Add 1 generous dollop of ghee (I used OMGhee brand)
- Cover & cook on low for 8-10 hours (I left it overnight, 10 ish hours)
The next morning, my dog Hurley was going nuts because the house smelled amaaaaaazing. He thought I was hiding food in my pockets, in my bed, in my closet, in the bathroom, on the table, under the office desks, in my shirt, on the couch, well you get the point. The smell was SO strong and delicious my mouth was watering when I was still laying in bed.
One of my fav warm and hearty dishes so far! The meat fell off all the bones. The veggies were super soft. The parsnips taste like potatoes even though they’re root veggies so you feel like you’re getting your starches. I ate it on its own but you can eat this over cauli-rice to make it even better.
This dish came out pretty sweet because of the balsamic and carrots. If you don’t want your carrots that soft/soggy, add them later on – don’t cook them for the full time. I have one serving left that I saved for my hubbo even though I don’t really want to share..
Onto some other news, I’ve been getting back into my Crossfit routine. I’ve always been Crossfitting but not regularly with all that’s been going on with me lately. Making time for it, even though I don’t have time, is hard but I feel really happy after I get a wod in. Sweaty, tired, spent, sore, hurting and just really happy. I’ve lost some of my strength and speed so I’m building it back up! It’s all a process and CF makes fitness fun! I don’t know what I’d do without it right now. Now what you’ve all been waiting for.. MORE PICTURES OF ME!