So my mom spent 10 weeks with us to help me around the house. She basically was my postpartum doula :). She helped me with Amara, she cooked, cleaned, did laundry every weekend. She helped me out tremendously! Hubby and I truly appreciate her heart to serve. Honestly, my parents are just amazing! I couldn’t ask for a better mom and dad. Before she left, my mom threw it down in the kitchen for us and some of our friends. We had oxtails, baked chicken, Mahi-mahi, rice & peas, macaroni pie, parmesan crusted zucchini, veggies, blueberry casserole etc. It was A LOT of food, and everything was delicious.
Everyone LOVES my mommy’s oxtails. I asked her how she cooked it, and like a real Antiguan cook she said, “Ya gyal, me ah warn yu na. Mi na know. I just season it and put it in the oven with some foil!”
So, while she was cooking it one day, I asked her to tell me step by step what she was doing. She also never uses measuring cups or spoons (real cooks rarely measure ingredients LOL), so use your judgment. Or as she would say, “Season to taste”. So, without further ado, here’s my mommy’s oxtail recipe. Trust me, this will change your life (so will her macaroni pie, but that’s another post 🙂 ).
What you’ll need:
5lbs cut up oxtails ( the smaller they are the better) Yellow Onions Garlic cloves Seasoning Peppers (or red and green bell peppers) Complete Seasoning Black Pepper Roasted Garlic and Herb Seasoning A dash of salt Brown Gravy packet Tomato Paste Water Vinegar 1. Cut off any excess fat and wash meat with vinegar, and/or lemons. (Team Marci over here. You need to wash that meat! LOL). 2. Dice the yellow onions, garlic cloves, seasoning peppers 3. Season the meat with the complete seasoning, black pepper, roasted garlic and herb seasoning, and dash of salt. 4. Add the diced yellow onions, garlic, and peppers. 5. Mix it all together to completely cover the oxtails. 6. Add the meat mixture to a covered bowl (or ziplock bags) and let it stand overnight or for 2-3 hours in the refrigerator. 7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 8. Place oxtails in a pan/baking dish. 9. In a separate bowl, mix brown gravy, tomato paste, and water together. 10. Pour gravy mixture over oxtails. Make sure the oxtails are completely covered. 11. Cover with aluminum foil and bake until tender (depending on your oven, the time may vary, but usually 3-4 hours--You want the meat to be tender). 14. Once tender, you can remove the foil and bake for 30 more minutes or so. 15. Oxtails are best served with some rice and peas and fried plantains! Bon appetit!