Coda alla vaccinara (slaughtermen’s braised oxtail)

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  • Serves 6 people

Coda alla vaccinara remains one of the more traditional meat dishes of Rome today - alongside abbacchio al forno (roast suckling lamb).

  • 1.2 kg large oxtail pieces
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 30 gm pork back-fat, finely chopped
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 200 ml dry white wine
  • 800 ml veal stock
  • 400 ml tomato passata
  • ½ celeriac (about 400gm), cut into 1cm pieces
  • 4 rosemary sprigs
  • 2 fresh bay leaves
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar
  • Pinch of caster sugar
  • To serve: crusty bread and a simple leaf salad
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  • Gremolata
  • ½ cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • Finely grated rind of ½ lemon
  • ½ garlic clove, finely chopped
01   Combine oxtail in a saucepan with enough cold water to cover, bring to the simmer over medium heat and cook to remove some of the fat (45 minutes). Drain and set aside.
02   Preheat oven to 180C. Heat oil in a wide saucepan over high heat, add back-fat and stir occasionally to render (2-4 minutes), remove fat pieces with a slotted spoon (discard), then add onion, celery, carrot and garlic and stir occasionally until golden (10-12 minutes). Deglaze pan with white wine and cook until reduced by half (2-4 minutes). Add oxtail, stock, passata, celeriac, herbs, vinegar and sugar, season to taste, bring to the simmer over low heat, cover closely with a round of baking paper and roast until meat is falling from the bone (1½-2 hours). Remove oxtail and vegetables with a slotted spoon and keep warm, then simmer sauce over medium heat until slightly reduced and flavourful (15-30 minutes).
03   Meanwhile, for gremolata, combine ingredients and set aside.
04   Return oxtail and vegetables to the pan and serve warm with gremolata, crusty bread and a leaf salad.

Note Pork back-fat is available from butchers.

Topics:

ITALIAN, PORK, DRINK SUGGESTION, ROSEMARY, CELERY, MAIN, TOMATOES, GARLIC, PARSLEY, OXTAIL, ONIONS, CELERIAC, AUTUMN, WHITE WINE

Recipe:

LISA FEATHERBY

Photography:

PRUE RUSCOE

Styling:

LISA FEATHERBY , GERALDINE MUÑOZ

Drinking Suggestion:

A FULL-BODIED RED SUCH AS A PRIMITIVO. , suggested by MAX ALLEN

FEATURED IN

May 2011

May 2011

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