With all my kitchen dilemmas this past weekend I finally made good use of my crockpot. It was a lifesaver! I made my delicious Red Wine Braised Oxtail, or I usually call it Oxtail cooked in Malbec wine with Carrots and Spinach. Did you notice that I said Malbec? Yes indeed.
I might have said this several times, but a great red wine goes very well with red meat. It is not necessary to buy the most expensive wine. I am speaking about using wine that you enjoy drinking and use for cooking.
Buying cheap wines to cook just because you don’t want to spend a lot of money should not even be something to think about. You should always cook with the wine you drink and enjoy.
Several wines are quite delicious and aromatic that will make a meat or seafood dish appetizing. A price tag of $20, which I may suggest may be the best investment, you ever made. Just remember it should be the maximum amount to spend when cooking with wine and if you are also using the full bottle.
A dish of oxtail is a delicious stew because of the natural gelatin in the meat. Oxtail usually has an excessive amount of fat and should be removed before cooking. After cooking it is advised to remove most of the remaining fat.
Adding the right hot sauce is necessary
Cooking red meat with the right spices is essential. I added my Mango Gourmet Hot Sauce for more flavor. The hot sauce and the Malbec wine redefined the taste of the oxtail.
The spiciness of the hot sauce elevated the aroma and taste of the wine. The right marriage of flavors.
To add a little more texture to the dish, a roux is prepared and added to the wine. The Red Wine Braised Oxtail is then finished with fresh spinach and carrots. The vegetables add more flavors to the meat and will deliver a delicious, healthy, and aromatic dish to enjoy with a side of boiled plantains, potatoes, and even rice or quinoa.
Enjoy my Red Wine Braised Oxtail!
Originally published 1/18/2016