Perfect Bowl

Public holiday during COVID-19 lock down. With nothing else to do I made oxtail potjiekos.

Recipe:

  • 1 kg Oxtail meat
  • 60 ml Vegetable oil
  • 200 g bacon
  • 6 large potatoes
  • 2 small butternuts
  • 3 small beetroots
  • 3 medium onions
  • 3 chicken stock cubes
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon of crushed garlic
  • Half a bottle of wine (white or red is fine)
  • 1 litre of boiling water
  • 60 ml chutney
  • 60 ml tomato sauce
  • 10 ml worcestershire sauce
  • 3 teaspoons sugar
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Extra water to fill up pot later

Method

I have made this recipe on a fire in a cast iron pot, but it will work just as well on a gas/electric stove indoors with any other sort of pot, just adjust where necessary.

  • Start pre-heating your cast iron pot
  • Prep the vegetables: peel and dice the potatoes, butternuts, beetroots, and onions
  • When the pot is warm add in the vegetable oil
  • Dice the bacon and add it to the hot oil. Fry until brown and just turning crispy
  • Remove the bacon from the oil and put to one side
  • Place the oxtail in the bacon oil and brown on all sides. Then put to one side with the bacon
  • Put all of the vegetables into the pot and stir until they are covered in the oil and starting to brown slightly.
  • Add the oxtail and bacon back into the pot with the vegetables
  • Mix the 3 stock cubes, bay leaves, sugar, worcestershire sauce, tomato sauce, chutney, salt and pepper with the 1 litre of boiling water
  • Add the stock mixture to the pot
  • Pour in the wine until the meat and vegetables are covered
  • Stir round so everything is mixed
  • Put the lid on the pot and bring to a boil
  • Once boiling, reduce the heat and let the pot simmer gently for 3 - 4 hours. The longer the better
  • This is where hopefully you have a few more bottles of wine, and you relax till the pot is done
  • Serve on rice or mashed potato, a small side salad will also add some freshness

Finished Oxtail Potjie

Peel, peel, peel…

Finished Oxtail Potjie

Wash, wash, wash…

Finished Oxtail Potjie

Getting everything nice and warm.

Finished Oxtail Potjie

Long way to go still…

Finished Oxtail Potjie

Starting to look like something decent.

Finished Oxtail Potjie

I smell your cooking, human!

Finished Oxtail Potjie

Some more fire, got to keep those coals coming

Finished Oxtail Potjie

And more fire.

Finished Oxtail Potjie

And even more fire…

Finished Oxtail Potjie

Is it done yet?

Finished Oxtail Potjie

Done, done, done…

Eat with rice or mashed potato.