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Oxtail Soup (German Style)

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Rich and brothy, this simple oxtail soup recipe is popular throughout Germany, and is most often served at special occasions or holiday meals. It makes a wonderful soup on a cold day though, and is very cheap to make!

Ingredients

  • FOR THE OXTAIL BROTH:
  • 4 pounds Oxtail Bones
  • 1 whole Carrot
  • 1 whole Parsnip
  • 1 whole Spanish Onion
  • ½ whole Celery Root
  • 3 sprigs Thyme
  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • 2 whole Bay Leaves
  • 8 whole Peppercorns
  • 1 cup Red Wine
  • 12 cups, 10 tablespoons, 2-⅝ teaspoons, ½ pinches Water
  • FOR THE SOUP:
  • ½ whole Spanish Onion, Diced
  • 1 whole Parsnip, Diced
  • 1 whole Carrot, Diced
  • ½ whole Celery Root, Diced
  • 1 clove Garlic, Minced
  • Butter Or Oil, As Needed
  • 1 ounce, fluid Port Wine
  • 2 cups Oxtail Meat, From Broth
  • Salt And Pepper, to taste

Preparation

For the oxtail broth:
Toss the bones in oil and season them with a little salt and pepper. Roast oxtail bones on a sheet pan at 375ºF for 20 to 30 minutes or until they are dark brown and start to sear around the edges.

As meat roasts, peel and rough chop broth vegetables. This doesn’t need to be pretty, they will simply add flavor to the oxtail broth, and are discarded once the broth is finished.

Once oxtail bones are roasted, combine with chopped vegetables, thyme, garlic, bay leaves, peppercorns, red wine, and water. Place everything in a large pot and slowly bring the broth to a simmer. Slowly let the oxtail broth simmer for about 4 hours. As broth simmers, you’ll notice a white foam start to form on top of the liquid—skim it off as it forms.

Keep an eye on the oxtail broth as it simmers to prevent it from boiling; it should just bubble along happily on the stove. Taste broth occasionally to see how the flavor is developing—it should be rich and beefy.

Once broth has a rich taste (after about 4 hours), you can safely turn heat off. Strain oxtail broth from pot, and set oxtail bones aside.

Pick the meat of the oxtails, and reserve for later. The broth can be cooled or kept warm if you plan on finishing the soup right away.

For finishing the soup:
While oxtail broth is simmering, medium dice vegetable garnishes, and chop herbs. Saute vegetables in a pot with a little butter or oil, until they start to brown slightly.

Add garlic and herbs and cook for another minute or two. Once vegetables start to brown, add te wine to de-glaze the pot. Add oxtail broth and picked oxtail meat to the pot. Bring oxtail soup to a simmer and cook for another 30 minutes.

Taste soup and season with salt and pepper. Serve hot.

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