Jamaican Oxtail (Stew)

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs oxtails, cut into segments by a butcher
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3 tblsp light brown sugar
  • 2 onions, peeled and chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 3 tblsp fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 1 Scotch bonnet pepper, whole
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 12 allspice berries (pimento seeds)
  • 1 bunch scallions, trimmed and chopped
  • 2 tblsp white sugar
  • 3 tblsp Hi-Lo soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tblsp flour
  • 3 tblsp Hi-Lo tomato ketchup
  • 1 cup butter beans, or a 10 1/2-oz. can Hi-Lo Butter Beans, rinsed and drained

Directions

  1. Season oxtails aggressively with salt and pepper. Heat a large Dutch oven or a heavy-bottomed pot over high heat.
  2. Add the oxtails to the pot, working in batches, stirring each time to cover them with blackened sugar, then allowing them to cook, turning occasionally, until they are well browned. Remove oxtails to a bowl and keep warm.
  3. Add half of the onions, garlic and ginger to the pot, along with the pepper, the thyme, the allspice and a third of the scallions, and stir to combine. Allow to cook until softened, approximately 5 minutes.
  4. Return the oxtails to the pot along with any accumulated juices and put water into the pot so that the oxtails are almost submerged. Bring to a simmer and then cook, covered, approximately 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  5. Add remaining onions, garlic and ginger to the pot, along with another third of the scallions. Add sugar, soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce. Stir to combine and continue to cook until the meat is yielding and loose on the bone, approximately one hour longer. Remove approximately one cup of liquid from pot and place in a small bowl. Add flour to this liquid and stir to combine, working out any lumps with the back of a spoon. Add this slurry to the pot along with ketchup, then stir to combine and allow to cook a further 15 minutes or so. Remove Scotch bonnet pepper and thyme stems. Fold Hi-Lo Butter Beans into the stew and allow these to heat through. Scatter remaining scallions over the top. Serve with white rice or rice and peas.
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