Sunday, May 22, 2011

Oxtail Potjiekos Recipe!

Oxtail Potjie! -Without a doubt the poyjie is truly a South-African mainstay! The oxtail potjie is often regarded as THE potjie to make.  Along with chicken potjies, beef potjies and even biltong potjies, the Oxtail potjie is a fan favouite because of its incredible flavour and rich aroma! Here's a recipe:


2 large oxtails, cut into joints
1/3 cup cooking oil
2 large onions, sliced into fairly thick rounds
6 bay leaves
4 chopped cloves of garlic
4 large carrots, scraped and cut into chunky wheels
the juice of one lemon
6 cloves
a good grind of black pepper
a dash of Worcester sauce
6 potatoes, peeled and halved
1/3 cup of brandy
water to cover


  • Heat the oil in the potjie, then brown the meat quickly over high heat with the onion.
  • Add bay leaves, garlic, cloves, lemon juice, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and carrots.
  • Add enough water barely to cover.
  • Let it simmer away very slowly for four hours, then add the potatoes and the brandy and let it simmer until the potatoes are done and the meat is fall-off-the-bone tender.
This dish is always best served with freshly baked pot bread and a side salad of your choice! ENJOY!

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