Sunday Oxtail Gravy

oxtail dinner“Does she still make that incredible oxtail gravy?!” This question came from a friend who had moved to Alaska about 25 years ago. It’s been a long time, but he still remembers one particular meal at our home that included this rich savory sauce.

Ingredients:

2 full large heads of garlic, (about 30-35) cloves separated, roasted, peeled, cloves left whole
2 T vegetable oil, or your favorite high heat oil
4 lbs oxtails
1 large onion, chopped
1 large green bell pepper, deseeded and chopped
2 (28 oz) cans Italian or plum tomatoes, hand squished
1 (10-15 oz) can tomato puree, different brands will have different weights
8 oz good imported Italian tomato paste
1 cup beef stock
1/2 cup full bodied red wine such as a good zinfandel or tawny port
1 large handful fresh basil (24 leaves minimum), rinsed, dried, large leaves torn in half
1 bay leaf
3 T dark brown sugar, packed
2 T plus 1 t dried garlic (yes, more garlic)
1 T dried basil
1 T dried oregano
2 t dried thyme
1 1/2 t fennel seed, lightly ground with mortar and pestle
1 1/2 t dried crushed rosemary
1/2 t ground black pepper
1/4 t ground white pepper
Tabasco sauce to taste, start with 4-6 shakes of the jar
2 T flat Italian parsley, rinsed, dried, and chopped
1 lb sturdy pasta such as ziti, rigatoni, or those lovely little wagon wheels cooked al dente
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Broccolini and Carrot Alfredo Sauce

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2 cups (3/4 pound) fresh broccolini, sliced into 1 1/2 – 2 inch lengths
2 cups (3/4 pound) carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
2 T butter vegan soy based margarine
2 shallots, chopped
6 garlic cloves, chopped
3 T flour
1 T low sodium vegan instant “chicken” bouillon
1/4 t white pepper
2 cups 2% milk
6-8 oz (2%) Plain Greek Yogurt
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
2 green onions, sliced

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Pepperoni Sauce

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2 T pure olive oil
1/2 a medium sweet onion, chopped
2 large cloves garlic, minced
5 oz pepperoni, sliced in half or quartered
2 (15 oz) cans diced tomatoes
1/4 t ground black pepper
2/3 cup heavy cream
1 lb penne pasta
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Three Meat Sauce

Ingredients:

2 T olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 lb mushrooms, cleaned, and sliced into 1/4 inch chunks
Pinch salt
1 1/2 oz prosciutto
1/2 lb ground Italian sausage, mild or hot (remove from casing if you use links)
1 1/2 lb beef chuck roast, cut into chunks
1 (29 oz) can Italian tomatoes (squish by hand), include juices
1 (29 oz) can tomato puree
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 t garlic powder
1/4 cup fresh basil, rinsed and torn
1 t dried basil
1 t dried parsley (or 1 T fresh)
1 t dried oregano
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup red wine
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Chicken in Cacciatore Sauce

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Ingredients:

2 T olive oil, divided use
4-6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 bunch leeks, cleaned and sliced
8 oz mushrooms, rinsed, dried, and cut into thick chunks
1 (28 oz) can peeled tomatoes, crushed by hand
1/4 cup basil, torn in half
1/4 cup red wine
2 T parsley, chopped
1 t fresh rosemary needles, rinsed, patted dry, and chopped
1 t brown sugar
1/4 t ground black pepper
Dash of ground red pepper
Salt to taste (but do you really need it?)
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Garlicky Pasta Sauce with Meatballs

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Makes enough sauce to serve over pasta for about 8 people

Ingredients:

1 recipe baked meatballs
2 full heads of garlic, roasted, peeled with the cloves left whole
2 T extra virgin olive oil
1 onion, rough chopped
1 (32 oz) can peeled tomatoes, crushed by hand
1 (28 oz) can tomato puree
6 oz (or more if necessary) of tomato paste
1 cup of beef stock
1 cup of good red wine
1 Parmesan or Romano rind
1 good cup or more of fresh basil, rinsed and torn
1 bay leaf
a few shakes of hot red pepper flakes, or to taste, I use 1/4 teaspoon
4 t garlic powder
1 t dried basil
3/4 t of fresh ground black pepper
1  1/2 t dried oregano
1 t dried crushed rosemary
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Creamy Spinach and Fettuccine

Ingredients:

2 T unsalted butter
1 small onion, minced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 lb spinach, washed and torn
2 T unsalted butter
2 T olive oil
6 slices of bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
4 T flour
2 cups milk, reserve 1/2 cup to use as needed
1 t garlic powder
1/4 t ground black pepper
Pinch nutmeg
Pinch hot red pepper flakes, more if everyone likes it hot
5 oz (approximately 1 cup) Romano cheese, fresh grated
1 pound fettuccine Read More