2 tbspolive oil500 gmoxtail pieces, from the tip end, excess fat removed½ eachonion, carrot and celery stalk, coarsely chopped100 mldry white wine175 mlveal stock2thyme sprigs1fresh bay leaf1eggwhite2 tspaged red wine vinegar30 gmcornichons, finely chopped2 tspfinely chopped flat-leaf parsley2 tspfinely chopped golden shallot (about ½ shallot)2 tspDijon mustard4Sydney rock oysters, freshly shucked, brine reserved, shells discardedTo serve:baby parsley
Preheat oven to 120C. Heat half the olive oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat, add oxtail and turn occasionally until browned (3-4 minutes), transfer to a casserole and set aside. Add vegetables to pan, sauté until tender (3-4 minutes), then add to oxtail. Deglaze pan with wine, add to oxtail with stock, thyme and bay leaf. Season to taste, cover with aluminium foil and cook in oven until meat falls from the bone (3-4 hours). Remove oxtail from braising liquid, remove meat from bones (discard bones), finely shred meat and refrigerate until required.
Strain braising liquid through a fine sieve and refrigerate until firm (1-2 hours), then scrape fat from surface with a spoon and discard. Warm jellied stock in a saucepan over medium heat until melted, whisk in eggwhite and slowly bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low, simmer until eggwhite rises to surface and stock clarifies (4-5 minutes), then carefully ladle stock through a muslin-lined sieve into a small container (discard solids) and refrigerate until set (2-3 hours).
To serve, combine oxtail, vinegar and remaining oil in a small bowl placed over a saucepan of simmering water and heat until just warm (1-2 minutes). Remove from heat, add cornichons, parsley, shallot, and mustard and season to taste. Place a 4cm-diameter ring mould in centre of each of four serving plates, press oxtail mixture into each to form a nest (there may be some mixture left over), remove moulds, then place an oyster in the centre of each. Place little spoonfuls of oxtail jelly around them, scatter with baby parsley, spoon over a little reserved oyster brine and serve.
This recipe is from the July 2010 issue of Australian Gourmet Traveller.