What’s for supper? Gnocchi with oxtail

 

This recipe comes from a dear friend and colleague, Ino Kuvacic. It is his grandmother’s recipe from Croatia and the gnocchi are stunningly light and soft in texture.

Serves 6

For the gnocci

520g whole starchy potatoes

1 tablespoon beaten egg

40g freshly grated parmigiano reggiano

40g butter, chopped and softened

Half teaspoon sea salt, to taste

100g plain flour

For the sauce

1kg oxtail, cleaned, trimmed, cut roughly into 4cm pieces

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

100ml extra virgin olive oil

50g pancetta, finely diced

1 garlic clove, chopped

1 onion, diced

1 celery stalk, diced

1 carrot, diced

100ml white wine

1 litre chicken stock

1 thyme sprig

90g butter, chopped

50g freshly grated parmigiano reggiano

For the gnocchi, boil the potatoes with their skins on until soft. Peel while still hot and pass through a potato ricer or food mill. Transfer to a large bowl and add the egg, cheese, butter and salt. Carefully work in the flour, reserving 1 tablespoon for dusting. Dust down a work surface and roll a quarter of the dough into a log 2cm in diameter. Cut at 2cm intervals. Repeat with the rest of the dough.

For the sauce, season the oxtail then heat half the oil over medium heat and cook until nicely browned.

In another saucepan, heat the ­remaining oil over medium heat and cook the pancetta until crisp. Add the garlic, onion, celery and carrot. Cook for 10 minutes until they’re tender. Add the wine and oxtail and cook for 5 minutes until the wine has evaporated. Add the stock and thyme and bring to the boil. Cover and simmer over a low heat until the oxtail starts to come off the bone, approximately 2 or 3 hours. As the oxtail cooks, skim the fat from the top of the braising liquid. If the the sauce is reducing too fast, add a little extra liquid. Once cooked, take the oxtail from the sauce and let it cool. Remove the meat and return it to the sauce. Reduce the sauce by a quarter.

Cook the gnocchi in abundant salted boiling water. When they float to the surface scoop them out and place in a serving bowl. Add the butter and cheese to the sauce just before serving and spoon over the gnocchi. Serve with the grated parmigiano reggiano.

Taken from ‘Pasta Artigiana’ by Nino Zoccali (Murdoch Books, £20). ­Photograph by Nicky Ryan

Life and Style
ebookNow available in paperback
ebooks
ebookA delicious collection of 50 meaty main courses
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Food & Drink

    Recruitment Genius: Transportation Contracting Manager

    £33000 - £38000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A global player and world leade...

    Recruitment Genius: Hotel and Spa Duty Manager

    £18000 - £24000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: If you are friendly, sociable, ...

    Recruitment Genius: Payroll and Benefits Co-ordinator

    £22300 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This museum group is looking for a Payro...

    ICE ICT: Lead Business Consultant

    £39,000: ICE ICT: Specific and detailed knowledge and experience of travel sys...

    Day In a Page

    John Palmer: 'Goldfinger' of British crime was murdered, say police

    Murder of the Brink’s-MAT mastermind

    'Goldfinger' of British crime's life ended in a blaze of bullets, say police
    Forget little green men - aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert

    Forget little green men

    Leading evolutionary biologist says aliens will look like humans
    The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: An Algerian scientist adjusts to life working in a kebab shop

    The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

    An Algerian scientist struggles to adjust to her new life working in a Scottish kebab shop
    Bodyworlds museum: Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy

    Dying dream of Doctor Death

    Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy
    UK heatwave: Temperature reaches 39.8 degrees on Central Line - the sweatiest place in London

    39.8 degrees recorded on Tube

    There's hot (London) and too damn hot (the Underground). Simon Usborne braved the Central line to discover what its passengers suffer
    Kitchens go hi-tech: From robot chefs to recipe-shopping apps, computerised cooking is coming

    Computerised cooking is coming

    From apps that automatically make shopping lists from your recipe books to smart ovens and robot chefs, Kevin Maney rounds up innovations to make your mouth water
    Jessie Cave interview: The Harry Potter star has published a feminist collection of cartoons

    Jessie Cave's feminist cartoons

    The Harry Potter star tells Alice Jones how a one-night stand changed her life
    Football Beyond Borders: Even the most distruptive pupils score at homework club

    Education: Football Beyond Borders

    Add football to an after-school homework club, and even the naughtiest boys can score
    10 best barbecue books

    Fire up the barbie: 10 best barbecue books

    We've got Bibles to get you grilling and smoking like a true south American pro
    Wimbledon 2015: Nick Bollettieri - Junk balls and chop and slice are only way 5ft 1in Kurumi Nara can live with Petra Kvitova’s power

    Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon Files

    Junk balls and chop and slice are only way 5ft 1in Kurumi Nara can live with Petra Kvitova’s power
    Ron Dennis exclusive: ‘This is one of the best McLaren teams ever – we are going to do it’

    ‘This is one of the best McLaren teams ever – we are going to do it’

    Ron Dennis shrugs off a poor start to the season in an exclusive interview, and says the glory days will come back
    Seifeddine Rezgui: What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?

    Making of a killer

    What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?
    UK Heatwave: Temperatures on the tube are going to exceed the legal limit for transporting cattle

    Just when you thought your commute couldn't get any worse...

    Heatwave will see temperatures on the Tube exceed legal limit for transporting cattle
    Exclusive - The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Swapping Bucharest for London

    The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

    Meet the man who swapped Romania for the UK in a bid to provide for his family, only to discover that the home he left behind wasn't quite what it seemed
    Cheaper energy on the way, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows

    Cheaper energy on the way, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows

    Solar power will help bring down electricity prices over the next five years, according to a new report. But it’s cheap imports of ‘dirty power’ that will lower them the most