This is a delicious comfort food recipe. Slow cooked oxtail with dumplings is a real warming treat on a cold day. This is a dish that tastes even better the next day. Remove from the fridge and heat slowly for about 1 hour until piping hot. The flavours will be deeper and sauce even richer.

Ingredients For Oxtail With Dumplings

1.3kg/3lb oxtail pieces
30ml/2tbsp plain flour mixed with 10ml/2tsp English mustard powder
Salt and freshly milled black pepper
30ml/2tbsp sunflower oil
1 large onion, peeled and sliced
600ml/1pint stout or brown ale
300ml/½pint water
Grated zest of 1 orange
2 bay leaves
3-4 sprigs fresh thyme leaves
2 medium parsnips, peeled and roughly cubed
2 sticks celery, chopped

Dumplings
175g/6oz self-raising flour
Salt
75g/3oz butter, cubed
30ml/2tbsp freshly chopped flat-leaf parsley
45-60ml/3-4tbsp cold water

Cooking Method For Oxtail With Dumplings

Preheat your oven to Gas mark 3, 170°C, 325°F.

Mix the flour and mustard in a large bowl. Season. Toss the oxtail pieces in the seasoned flour. Heat the oil in a large pan and brown the oxtail for 4-5 minutes. Add the onion and cook for a further 2-3 minutes.

Transfer to a large ovenproof casserole dish and add the remaining ingredients except the parsnips and celery. Bring to the boil, cover and transfer to a preheated oven and cook for 3-3½ hours.

Prepare the dumplings: place the flour, salt and butter in a large bowl, rub the butter into the flour with your fingertips and add the herbs. Stir in enough water to form a smooth dough and shape into 8 evenly-sized dumplings. Cover and set aside.

30 minutes before the end of the cooking time, add the parsnips and celery.

20 minutes before the end of cooking, remove the stew from the oven, add the dumplings and return to the oven uncovered.

Serve with some Savoy cabbage.

This recipe comes from the Simply Beef and Lamb website – give them a visit for some more meaty recipes