Have you ever heard of Oxtail??? Well I hadn't until I was reading the February 2011 Bon Appetit magazine. Ever since watching the movie Julie & Juila then watching an episode of Anthony Bourdain where he goes through the process of making Boeuf Bourguignon I have been wanting to try it myself. And what better way then with a meat that I have never worked with. But wait, where in the heck would I find this type of meat over here??? So I set the recipe aside for a later date.
Then one day I'm walking through the Commissary freezer section and what do I see? Frozen Oxtail... Power of Suggestion maybe? Crazy weird. So of course I had to buy it and wow what an awesome dinner we had!! My only regret... I should have bought more! The package was about 2.5 lbs and I only bought one. 5 lbs would have been better for this recipe. And make sure you have a big pot!!
4 slices fatty bacon
3large fresh thyme sprigs (or 2 teaspoons of dried thyme)
2large fresh bay leaves, bruised (if you have them but not necessary)
3/4 cups almond flour
1tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons seasalt
4 to 5poundsmeaty oxtail pieces, trimmed of excess fat
1cupdiced carrot plus 6 medium carrots, cut into 2-inch chunks
4large garlic cloves, peeled and minced
1 3/4cupsbeef or veg broth
1 1/2cupsred Burgundy wine (such as Beaujolais)
1poundcrimini (baby bella) mushrooms, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices