Braised Beef Oxtail with Roasted Scallops and Corn Fondue

Adapted by
September, 2005
Yield: 10 Servings


Beef Oxtail
3 bottles red wine
2 ounces olive oil
8 pounds beef oxtail
salt to taste
1 teaspoon crushed black peppercorns
2 teaspoons flour
10 cloves garlic
8 shallots, peeled, trimmed, split, rinsed, and dried
2 carrots, peeled, trimmed, split, rinsed, and diced
2 celery stalks, peeled, trimmed, split, rinsed, and diced
1 leek, peeled, trimmed, split, rinsed, and dried
6 sprigs Italian parsley
2 sprigs thyme
2 bay leaves
2 tablespoons tomato paste
3 quarts beef stock, unsalted
Freshly ground white pepper
10 colossal scallops, seasoned and seared
Corn Fondue
10 ears white Indio corn
1 cup heavy cream
½ cup water
salt and fresh white pepper to taste


For the Beef Oxtail

Pour the wine into a large saucepan set over medium heat. When the wine is hot, carefully set it aflame, let the flames die out, then increase the heat so that the wine boils; allow it to boil until it cooks down by half. Remove from the heat. Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350° F. Warm the olive oil in a Dutch oven or large casserole over medium-high heat. Season the oxtail all over with salt and crushed pepper. Dust half the oxtail with about 1 teaspoon flour and then, when the oil is hot, slip the oxtail in the pot and sear 4 to 5 minutes on a side, until the oxtail is well browned. Transfer the browned oxtail to a plate, dust the remaining oxtail with flour, and sear in the same manner. Remove all but 1 Tablespoon of fat from the pot, lower the heat under the pot to medium, and toss in the garlic, shallots, carrots, celery, leek, parsley, thyme, and bay leaves. Brown the vegetables lightly, for 5 to 7 minutes, then stir in the tomato paste and cook for 1 minute to blend. Add the reduced wine, browned oxtail and stock to the pot. Bring to a boil, cover the pot closely, and slide it into the oven to braise 2 ½ hours, or until the oxtail is tender enough to be easily pierced with a fork. Every 30 minutes or so, lift the lid and skim and discard whatever fat may have bubbled up to the surface. (Not only can you make this a day in advance, it's best to make the recipe up to this point, cool and chill the oxtail and stock in the pan, and, on the next day, scrape off the fat. Reheat before continuing.) Carefully (the tender meat falls apart easily) transfer the meat to a heated serving platter with raised rims and keep warm. Boil the pan liquids until they thicken and reduce to approximately 1 quart. Season with salt and pepper and pass through a fine-mesh strainer, discarding the solids. (The oxtail and sauce can be made a few days ahead and kept covered in the refrigerator. Reheat gently, basting frequently, on top of the stove or in an oven heated to 350° F.) 

For the Corn Fondue

Shuck corn and remove all corn silk. Cut corn off the cobb and place into blender with heavy cream and water. Blend on high until very creamy; the friction of the blender will make the corn very warm, which is good. Pass the mixture through a fine strainer into a sauce pot. Place on low heat and reduce until thick and creamy - you will need to stir through the reduction, otherwise it will stick to the pot. Remove from heat, season with salt and pepper and serve. 

To Assemble and Serve

Spoon corn fondue in center of plate. Top with a piece of braised oxtail and a seared scallop. Spoon reduced sauce around and serve.