Oxtail Consommé: To Clarify the Stock

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Appears in
The Official Downton Abbey Christmas Cookbook

By Regula Ysewijn

Published 2020

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You will need to use ground beef, egg whites, and vegetables for this step, all of which you then throw away. Thus, it is a costly process and one that would only have been done for the tables of grand houses like Downton. It is important to season the stock before you clarify it, as the addition of pepper can cloud it.


  • oz (100 g) ground beef
  • ½ carrot, roughly chopped


In a blender or food processor, combine the beef, carrot, celery, tomato paste, bay leaves, salt, and pepper. Pour the egg whites over the top and process until smooth.

In a saucepan, heat the stock over medium heat until hot. Add the egg white mixture to the hot stock and, with the pan still over medium heat, bring the stock to a boil, then adjust the heat to maintain a simmer. The egg