Way back in 2013, shortly after I started this blog, I created and shared a recipe for rosemary and garlic braised oxtail. I gushed about how delicious it was and what a great use of a cheap cut of beef it was, kicking off a series of posts I labeled “Grassfed on a Budget.” Well, I must have done a good job because from that day forward oxtail was suddenly nearly impossible to find. It was as if everyone in the entire mid-Atlantic region of the United States had seen my post and were now hoarding the grassfed oxtail stock!
Finally I saw it listed on my local farmer’s buying club web page and promptly ordered two. And then we got deep into our summer heat wave and I had no desire to turn the oven on for even a quick roast, and certainly not for the three hour oven braise of my original recipe.
Once again, the Instant Pot comes to the rescue! If you aren’t yet familiar with this glorious machine, it is a multi-function cooker that does the job of a slow cooker, electric pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, sauté/browning pan, and warming pot.
This is the model I have (and use at least once a week!):
This recipe for oxtail stew makes use of the sauté and pressure cooker functions to transform a tough, but nutrient dense, cut of grassfed beef into a hearty bowl of unctuous meat and perfectly soft vegetables and aromatics in a broth that is delicious any time but will be especially nice as the weather shifts to cool fall temperatures.
Serve in a bowl over a starch of your choice. I used white rice cooked in bone broth, but if your paleo template doesn’t include rice, you could serve with “cauli-rice” or sweet potatoes.
Notes for healing diets:
Paleo Autoimmune Protocol (AIP): Generally speaking, alcohol is eliminated in the early phases of AIP. However, Sarah Ballantyne says that it is ok to include alcohol in dishes like this since most of it is cooked off. If you are not comfortable including it, simply use a cup of bone broth instead of the wine.
Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD): This recipe is completely compliant with SCD as long as you use a very dry white wine and serve with a legal side dish like squash or cauli-rice.
Low-FODMAP: Omit the onion and the garlic to make this dish low-FODMAP. You could use the green part of a leek and some garlic oil to approximate the flavor.
Garlic Rosemary Oxtail Stew RecipePrint
Shared on Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable