Since I posted the stew ox tail I felt that I had to post another of our favourite dishes made with ox tail, oxtail soup. Ox tail soup is not as popular as cow heel soup or corn soup in Trinidad and Tobago but, of course, it has our signature herbs and seasonings and thickness that all Trinidadians have come to love. Although this dish is common, I have to say that it may be a little expensive if you ordered it in a restaurant, because ox-tail is a bit pricey at the supermarket. This is not a meat I would buy all the time, especially when I could get a better bargain buying more cow heel for the same price. And these days I'm always on the lookout for a bargain or a deal.
By the way, meals like this is perfect for those little bamboo bowl don't you think?
Lately, prices of "goods" have skyrocketed in T & T so shopping is getting to be a bit tricky. Tomatoes these days range from TT $12.00 to about TT $14.00 a pound. And now a bundle of chive is about TT $4.00 and it's not Christmas season as yet. Anyhow, we all have to live and survive, so I have started to watch what I buy and where I buy it. My wife commented that it doesn't matter where you buy; the prices are expensive.....How did I get here ...me and my wandering mind again...We were talking about ox tail soup. As I were saying, ox tail ,although a bit expensive tastes really delicious in soup. What else can I say, try it out and tell me if you agree. Here's Ox tail soup, Trini-style.
1 lb ox tail
1 sprig fine leaf thyme
1 sprig parsley
1 bouillon cube (optional)
½ lb pumpkin
½cup split peas
1 small onion
2 pimento peppers
3 cloves garlic
salt to taste
Wash the ox tail and pressure cook for 15 minutes.
In the mean time chop the herbs and set aside.
Add the split peas to the oxtail and add a little water if necessary. Pressure cook for about 10 minutes.
Chop the carrot and pumpkin. Add the carrot, pumpkin and chopped herbs to the split peas
and meat and pressure cook for about 5 to 7 minutes. Add bouillon cube and salt to taste.
Add the carrot, pumpkin and chopped herbs to the split peas and meat and pressure cook for about 5 to 7 minutes. Add bouillon cube and salt to taste. The ox tail soup ready to be served.
I'm pleased to say that this dish didn't last long as well when I was finished. By evening I had to make something else for dinner. As you see this is a simple one pot/ pressure cooker dish so there is less clean up afterward. I know some of you would like this very much. So enjoy your ox tail soup and I'll see you tomorrow. Bye!
Trini Ox Tail Soup
- 1 lb oxtail
- 1 sprig fine leaf thyme
- 1 chive chopped
- 1 sprig parsley chopped
- 1 carrot chopped
- 1 bouillon cube optional
- ½ lb pumpkin chopped
- ½ cup split peas
- 1 small onion chopped
- 2 pimento peppers chopped
- 3 cloves garlic crushed
- Salt to taste
- Wash the ox tail and pressure cook for 15 minutes
- In the mean time chop the herbs and set aside. Add the split peas to the ox tail and add a little water if necessary. Pressure cook for about 10 mins.
- Chop the carrot and pumpkin.
- Add the carrot, pumpkin and chopped herbs to the split peas nd oxtail and pressure cook for about 5 to 7 mins. Add bouillon cube and salt to taste.
- Serve hot.
this looks like a good saturday lunch meal 🙂
Actually I made this dish on Saturday last.
Think way my Auntie used to do that on St.Kitts was to slightly brown the meat with the seasoning in the p.cooker for some flavor and then add the liquid and pressure cook it.
This recipe though for some reason made me also think of Beef Shank I think it's called. I often see in some my grocery store here in U.S. Gelatinous in center, yet meaty around the bone. I'm not sure you have a recipe for that one. So Kinda wonder how you would cook that if you Braise Stew it or Soup it as well like this?
As I always say experiment, experiment maybe come up with your own approach To the beef shanks. 🙂
Great recipe, I've added cornmeal dumplings, a tin of sweet corn and sweet potato to your recipe, and boy it tasted like heaven!