Braised Oxtail Tacos with Red Cabbage, Cilantro, and Feta Slaw

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We’ve had a package of oxtails in our freezer since my dad gave them to us at Christmas.  I wasn’t ignoring them; I knew they were there.  I just wasn’t sure what to do with them.  I did know that they were perfect for braising, but beyond that, I was unsure what to do with them once braised.

After a little research, I found that many recipes used them for dishes such as soups, stews, and ragouts.  But I didn’t want to do that, as the weather has been really nice and summery lately.  I wanted to so something relatively light, not heavy like a stew.

My thoughts then shifted to something Scott and I have a lot here at home: black bean tacos.  I thought I could substitute the oxtail for the black beans and do the same basic taco preparation.

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I created a marinade for the oxtail loosely based on a recipe from Kitchen Runway, which is a fabulous site with great recipes and lovely photos.  I was just happy to see that someone was doing something a little different with oxtail AND shared my love of tacos!

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After the initial browning stage.

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Ricotta Gnocchi

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I have been so behind on posts lately!  Ack!  I’m sorry.  Hopefully, this super simple recipe for ricotta gnocchi will make up for my absence.  I made this not long ago and served it with roasted broccoli and it was delicious.  It had the flavor of ricotta cheese and maintained its pillowy texture – not heavy at all.

Most gnocchi is made with potatoes, but frankly, the prep for potato gnocchi was way too time consuming for that particular night.  Ricotta it was!

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All that is required for this recipe is one bowl and a large floured surface – and some patience.  Because the dough itself is a bit soft, you’ll need to flour your hands well and make sure the surface is floured, in order to roll the dough into ropes.  Be patient and don’t worry about the way they look.  They’ll taste amazing.

As for the ricotta – go for whole milk ricotta when choosing at the store.  It’ll be thicker and have more flavor.  If you find that there is a lot of liquid in the container when you open it, dump the whole lot into a fine mesh strainer and let it drain.  The less liquid, the easier it’ll come together.

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