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Oxtail Potjie

One of our favourite foods at TheYellowcap house is definitely Oxtail.  The flavourful, sticky, juicy flavours that can be enjoyed with rice, maize or our favourite some buttered samp.  This recipe can also be made in a pressure cooker and will take about half of the time of a potjie on the braai.  The perfect potjie to enjoy on a #SuperRugby Saturday.

Oxtail Potjie

Serves: 4 – 6 


  • 1kg Oxtail
  • 10 slices Bacon cut in 3cm pieces
  • 1 can tomato paste (or 2 pkt tomato paste)
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 6 black peppercorns
  • 3 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 6 large leeks, chopped coarsely
  • 2 large onions, chopped coarsely
  • 6 large carrots, chopped coarsely
  • 20 button mushrooms
  • 2 cups red wine
  • 1 cup sherry
  • 1 cup cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons crushed garlic


  1. Dry oxtails with paper towel. Put seasoned flour in a Ziplock bag, then add the Oxtail and shake to coat with flour.
  2. Heat butter and olive oil and sauté bacon pieces. Remove bacon and brown Oxtail in resulting fat, remove and drain.
  3. Finely dice 4 of the carrots. Coarsely chop the onions and the leeks.
  4. Add the finely diced carrots, leeks, onions and sauté until softened
  5. Add Oxtail, bacon, thyme, bay leaf, peppercorns, garlic, tomato sauce, red wine, sherry.
  6. Bring slowly to a boil and cook slowly for 3 – 4 hours.
  7. 1 Hour before serving cut the remaining carrots into 1 inch pieces, add them and mushrooms and continue cooking slowly.
  8. Just prior to serving, add cream and stir in.
  9. If you want to thicken the sauce mix some cornstarch with the cream before adding.

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  1. Michael Olivier

    March 19, 2019 at 6:06 PM

    Dear Monique
    I love this recipe and the pic. Would love to use it, with full credit to you to go with one of my wine recommendations on my website. May I?
    Look forward to hearing from you.

  2. Roomys

    March 21, 2019 at 8:05 PM

    Defnitief een van die lekkerste beestert pot resepte! Die rooi wyn maak die vleis ekstra sag en geen hom ‘n smaak wat jou die pot sal laat uit lek! Ek het bietjie ge-eksperimenteer en bietjie opgekapte boontjie by gegooi en bedien met stampmielies! Voorwaar smaaklik! Defnitief ‘n resep om te hou vir die nageslag!

    • Jacques Henning

      March 24, 2019 at 6:29 PM

      Ons is bly jy en jou mense het dit geniet.

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