Oxtail stew with dumplings

Oxtail stew with dumplings

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  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 T Woolworths garlic-and-herb seasoning
  • 1 t dried thyme
  • 2 t Woolworths chermoula spice
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 kg oxtail, cut into pieces
  • 2 T canola oil
  • 1 T butter
  • 125 g bacon, cut into pieces
  • 2 onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely grated or crushed
  • 1 green pepper, cored and diced
  • 4 leeks, rinsed and finely chopped
  • 6 T tomato paste
  • 4 cups beef stock (or enough to cover)
  • For the dumplings:
  • 270 g flour
  • 50 g bran
  • 3½ t baking powder
  • ½ t salt
  • 2 t sugar
  • 2 T butter
  • ¾ cup milk

Cooking Instructions

Mix the flour with the garlic-and-herb seasoning, thyme, chermoula and seasoning. Toss the oxtail in the seasoned flour until well coated. Heat the oil and butter in a pan and seal the meat until slightly golden. Add the bacon and cook for 2 minutes over a high heat to render some of its fat, stirring continually.

Add the onion, garlic, green pepper and leeks and cook for 5 minutes until the vegetables are slightly soft. Stir in the tomato paste and cook for 5 minutes. Cover with beef stock and bring to the boil. Simmer for 1½ hours, or until soft. The gravy should also have thickened.

To make the dumplings, mix the dry ingredients together, then rub in the butter. Add the milk and knead to form a dough. Divide into 8–10 portions and shape into balls. Drop the dumplings into the oxtail, cover and cook over a low heat for 10–15 minutes. Serve with your choice of vegetables.


Siba Mtongana Recipe by: Siba Mtongana
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Siba Mtongana is a South African celebrity chef and television presenter known as the host of The Cooking Channel show Siba's Table.

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    July 3, 2018

    Fantastic recipes but it should be said that you need a huge pot. I transferred all my ingredients to a casserole dish and baked this on 220degrees for 4 hours, the meat was absolutely decadent and fell off the bone. A casserole option could be listed in the original recipe.
    Also, I called 4 stores and no one stocked your spice so I had to make my own combination