OXTAIL (COW TAIL) PEPPER SOUP

OXTAIL (COWTAIL) PEPPER SOUP.


OXTAIL (COW TAIL) PEPPER SOUP


WHAT IS REGARDED AS OXTAIL?

Oxtail is a powerhouse of flavor, it is the tail of a cow, male or female. The bone marrow, the fat, skin, and cartilage all combine to produce a stock that is silky, rich, flavor-packed, and gelatinous due to its high collagen content. Nigerian oxtail pepper soup is a spicy, herby broth of the oxtail.

WHAT IS THE MEANING OF PEPPER SOUP?

Pepper soup is a soup from parts of West Africa, notably Nigeria that is prepared using various types of meat, chili peppers, and calabash nutmeg as primary ingredients. It is a spicy soup that has a light, watery texture.

INGREDIENTS:

1500 g oxtail (washed and cut up)
1 medium onion (chopped or 2 Tbsp dried chopped onions)
Salt
Bouillon cubes (Maggi, knorr, etc.) to taste.

1 Tbsp Pepper Soup spice.

 3 Tbsp coarsely ground crayfish.

1/2 Tbsp dry ground Cameroun pepper or 2 habanero pepper chopped.

 1 sprig of fresh scent leaves or parsley (optional).


COOKING DIRECTIONS:

-Transfer washed oxtail to a pot, cover the oxtail completely with water, then start cooking.

-Add chopped onions and salt to taste.

-When the meat begins to boil, add coarsely ground crayfish. If the oxtail was cut in large chunks When the oxtail softens scoop it out and cut it into smaller bite-size pieces. Skip this step if the oxtail tail was already cut into small pieces.

-Add pepper soup spice and pepper and taste for salt. Adjust seasoning to your taste.
-Cook till the oxtail is done. Reduce heat, add the chopped scent leaves allow to simmer for a minute, and turn off the heat.




PLEASE NOTE:

-A pressure cooker will reduce your cook time if you have one since the readiness of this dish is dependent on how fast the oxtail cooks.

-Some oxtail get softer faster than others. Please bear that in mind as you cook.

-You can include add-ins like tripe and beef etc Add the tripe when you start cooking the oxtail and the beef halfway through the cooking.

-You can use dry parsley flakes to substitute fresh scent leaves or parsley leaves. (optional)

-The heat on this dish is a matter of choice, adjust to your preference.

-Remember to top up with water as the meat cooks because some will evaporate. 

-Pepper soup should have a watery consistency so as you top up with water, ensure the end product is tasty by adjusting the seasoning accordingly so you don't end up with a bland-tasting soup.

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