Ox Tails (Beef) Stew

Just like Mama used to make!!

Big Mama's House (2002)

Martin Lawrence is an FBI agent who disguises as Big Mama for a case and falls in love with her granddaughter Sherry (Nia Long). This is my favorite Martin film because it delivers "big" on laughs.

Mama's Ox Tails Stew will melt in your mouth. "Big Mama's House" is like most mom and grandmom's houses, filled with good eats. The beef in Ox Tails is just wonderful when you take the time to cook it with love and care, the way mama's do.

2 packages of Ox Tails (approximately 10) remove excess fat, rinse, add dashes of salt and pepper
2 Tablespoon olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup red onion, coarsely chopped
1/3 cup celery, coarsely chopped
2 bay leaves
1/4 tsp black pepper
4 cups water
4 cups chicken stock
1 -1/2 cups red wine
2 Tablespoons tomato paste
5 fresh on-the-vine tomatoes - remove outer skin (dip in hot water and peel) - cut into large cubes
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon hot sauce
1 cup uncooked bow-tie pasta
1 Tablespoon of fresh thyme (1/2 teaspoon each if using dried thyme)
1 Tablespoon fresh basil (1/2 teaspoon each if using dried basil)
1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
Dash Cayenne Pepper

Using a large soup/stock pot heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add Ox Tails. Sear about 6 minutes on each side.

Turn up heat and add water to pot. After it boils, lower heat and cook for 1 hour. After an hour, drain all the water from pot, rinse Ox Tails, and return to heat.

Add garlic, red onion, celery and Bay Leaves and black pepper.
Turn heat up to high and add chicken stock and red wine. After pot boils, reduce heat to simmer, and let simmer for 2 hours, stirring occasionally.

After 2 hours, turn up heat add tomatoes, tomato paste, sugar, hot sauce, bow-tie pasta, basil, thyme, Apple Cider Vinegar, Cayenne Pepper - after boil, lower heat to a simmer and let cook 8 minutes.

When cooking is completed, remove bay leaves.

Serves 6
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