Oxtail barley soup is a hearty offering that can be enjoyed winter or summer as a soup or main course with a salad and rye bread.
Oxtails are beef tails and are a delicious meat source. You can eat the meat right off the bone or debone the cooked oxtails and add the meat back to the soup. This is a prime candidate for a slow cooker or pressure cooker.
2 pounds oxtails, rinsed and patted dry
3 quarts cold water
1 cup barley, not the quick-cooking type, rinsed
1 bay leaf
6 black peppercorns
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
4 celery ribs, sliced 1/4 inch thick
1 large onion, coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon beef base, or 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
4 carrots, sliced 1/2 inch thick
1 (14-ounce) can diced tomatoes, with juice
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
In a large Dutch oven over medium heat, you must brown the oxtails on all sides. There should be enough natural fat, so additional oil is unnecessary. Remove oxtails and discard any rendered fat in the pan.
Add water and oxtails to the pan. Bring to a boil, skimming off any frothy foam that comes to the surface.
Add barley, bay leaf, peppercorns, garlic, celery, onion, and beef base. Bring back to a boil, cover, reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 hour.
Add carrots and tomatoes, bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 hour or until carrots, barley, and meat are tender.
Remove meat from bones and return to soup.
Remove bay leaf and serve.