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  • 1 head of garlic, halved crosswise
  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 2 fresh bay leaves (or 1 dried)
  • 3 4' pieces bone-in beef short ribs

Bouquet Garni, Meats, and Vegetables

  • 1 head of garlic, halved crosswise
  • 10 sprigs flat-leaf parsley
  • 3 fresh bay leaves (or 1 dried)
  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 3 2'–3'-long marrow bones
  • 5 large carrots (about 1 lb.), peeled (2 chopped, 3 cut into 2' pieces)
  • 1 1-lb. piece garlic sausage
  • 2 rutabagas (about 1 lb.), peeled, cut into wedges
  • 1 small head of savoy cabbage (about 1 lb.), halved

Sauces and Garnishes

  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh chives
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh tarragon
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons prepared white horseradish, drained
  • Toasted sliced country bread

Recipe Preparation


  • Bring first 5 ingredients and 8 cups water to a simmer in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring until sugar and salt dissolve. Remove from heat; let cool to room temperature. Place brisket and short ribs in a large baking dish. Pour brine over to cover completely. Cover and chill for at least 8 hours or overnight. Remove meat; rinse and set aside.

Bouquet Garni, Meats, and Vegetables

  • Place first 6 ingredients in center of a triple layer of cheesecloth. Gather up edges; tie with kitchen twine to form a bundle for bouquet garni. Wrap marrow bones in cheesecloth; tie into a bundle with twine. If desired, tie oxtails with twine around circumference to keep meat from falling off bones.

  • Place brisket, short ribs, bouquet garni, marrow bones, oxtails, beef bones, veal bones, veal breast, 2 chopped carrots, celery, and onion in a very large heavy pot. Add water to cover meat (about 7 qt.). Bring to a boil, skimming off any scum and fat that rise to the surface. Reduce heat and simmer, skimming occasionally, until short ribs are tender, 2–2 1/2 hours.

  • Transfer short ribs to a 13x9x2" baking dish; add 4 cups broth from pot and tent with foil to keep meat warm and moist. Add sausage to pot; continue simmering until sausage is cooked through and remaining meats are tender, about 30 minutes longer. Transfer sausage, brisket, oxtails, and marrow bones to dish with short ribs.

  • Place a large strainer over another large pot; strain broth, discarding remaining meats, bones, and other solids in strainer. (You should have about 10 cups broth.) Return broth to a boil; add rutabagas, cabbage, potatoes, and 2" pieces of carrots. Simmer until vegetables are tender but not mushy, about 30 minutes.

Sauces and Garnishes

  • Mix first 5 ingredients in a small bowl to make salsa verde. Season with salt and pepper; set aside. Stir crème fraîche and horseradish in another small bowl; season with salt.

  • Transfer vegetables to a platter. Thinly slice brisket against the grain; cut sausage into 2" pieces. Return meats to baking dish.

  • Season broth in pot to taste with salt and pepper; divide among bowls. (Reserve broth from meats for another use.) Serve meats and vegetables with salsa verde, horseradish crème fraîche, and both mustards in small bowls alongside. Serve with toasted country bread.

Recipe by The Bon Appétit Test Kitchen,

Nutritional Content

One serving contains: Calories (kcal) 701.2 %Calories from Fat 68.2 Fat (g) 53.1 Saturated Fat (g) 17.7 Cholesterol (mg) 111.6 Carbohydrates (g) 23.8 Dietary Fiber (g) 4.0 Total Sugars (g) 4.8 Net Carbs (g) 19.9 Protein (g) 31.8 Sodium (mg) 815.5Reviews Section

Recipe Summary

  • 3 pounds veal bones
  • 3 to 4 pounds beef short ribs, trimmed of fat and cut into 5 1/2-by-3-inch pieces
  • 5 to 6 pounds brisket of beef
  • 10 large leeks
  • 2 large yellow onions, peeled and halved
  • 2 medium carrots, scrubbed
  • Salt
  • 1 bunch fresh thyme
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 teaspoon white peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 20 fresh flat-leaf stems parsley
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 3 to 4-pound chicken
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 10 beef-marrow bones, each 1-inch thick
  • 2 celery hearts, quartered
  • 16 baby carrots, peeled and stems (if attached) trimmed to 1/2-inch
  • 16 small red potatoes (about 2 pounds)
  • 1 pound haricots verts (string beans can be substituted), stem ends trimmed
  • 1 savoy cabbage (about 2 pounds), quartered
  • 8 baby turnips, peeled, or 1 large purple-top turnip, peeled and cut into eighths
  • 1 baguette
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup Kalamata olives
  • 1 cup cornichons (French gerkins)
  • 1 four-ounce jar prepared white horseradish
  • 2 teaspoons salt

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Arrange veal bones in a heavy-bottomed roasting pan. Place in oven and roast, turning occasionally, until light golden brown, about 1 hour.

Transfer veal bones to a 20-quart stockpot. Tie up each short rib with kitchen string. Add short ribs, brisket, and enough cold water to cover the meats (about 6 1/2 quarts). Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium, and skim off any fat and scum that form on the surface. Simmer for 30 minutes, skimming as necessary.

Trim dark-green tops from leeks, and reserve them. Cut leek bottoms in half lengthwise, and place in a bowl of cold water. Soak for 10 minutes to rid them of sand. Lift out, drain, and set aside. Add onions, 2 medium carrots, half the leeks, and 1 tablespoon salt to the stockpot. Wrap thyme, garlic, white and black peppercorns, cloves, parsley stems, and bay leaves in cheesecloth, tie with kitchen string, and add to stockpot along with 1 quart water. Return to a boil, reduce heat to medium low, and let simmer. After 1 hour and 15 minutes, turn on oven to 425 degrees. and preheat for 15 minutes.

Prepare chicken: rinse it inside and out, pat dry, tie the legs together with kitchen string, and tuck wing tips underneath body. Place in a roasting pan, and roast until golden brown, about 30 minutes. Transfer to the simmering stockpot, and add water to cover (about 3 quarts). Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium, and simmer for 45 minutes (the stock should simmer a total of 2 hours and 45 minutes), skimming the surface as necessary. If the chicken cannot be completely immersed in the water, turn it after 20 minutes to ensure even cooking.

Remove stockpot from heat. Remove the meat and chicken from the stockpot set meats aside. Strain the broth into a large bowl through a cheesecloth-lined sieve, and discard solids. Let meat and broth cool, and refrigerate them overnight.

Continue the preparation the next day. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Rub salt on cut sides of marrow bones. Rinse the reserved leek tops in cold water, and cut into 20 strips, 1/2 inch by 9 inches. Crisscross 2 strips of leek tops over each marrow bone, and bind with kitchen string. Place marrow bones in a small roasting pan, and add just enough cold water to cover (about 1 1/2 cups). Cover roasting pan with aluminum foil, and bake until marrow is opaque, about 1 hour. Remove from oven, keep covered, and set aside.

Meanwhile, remove broth from refrigerator, and skim off any fat that has solidified on the surface. Return the broth to the 20-quart stockpot, and bring to a boil. Add remaining leeks, and cook over medium-high heat for 25 minutes. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper to taste. Add brisket, short ribs, chicken (cut in half), celery hearts, baby carrots, and potatoes, and cook until vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes more.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add haricots verts, and cook until tender but still slightly crunchy, about 3 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon, and set aside in a medium bowl cover with aluminum foil. To the same water, add cabbage, and cook over medium-high heat for about 15 minutes. Add turnips and cook until both are tender, about 15 more minutes. Drain, cut each cabbage wedge in half, and set aside in a large bowl cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.

Slice baguette diagonally into 1/2-inch slices, and toast on a baking sheet in the heated oven until golden brown, about 10 minutes.

When all the vegetables are tender and the meats and chicken are warmed through, remove meats and chicken from broth. Prepare the meats and potatoes for serving (and keep them, covered, in a warm oven while you complete the process): slice the brisket into 1/4-inch slices. Remove bones from chicken breast cut each half into three pieces, and cut legs from thighs. Untie short ribs, remove gristle, and cut each piece in half. Cut potatoes into 1/4-inch slices. Adjust the seasoning of the broth with salt and pepper to taste. Divide meats, chicken, marrow bones, vegetables, and broth among eight serving bowls. Serve immediately with toasted bread, mustard, olives, cornichons, horseradish, and salt. Strain any remaining broth through a fine-mesh strainer, and freeze for future use.

  • 1 medium free-range chicken
  • 110g/4oz smoked bacon
  • 6 Toulouse or pork and leek sausages, browned on a griddle pan for a few seconds on each side
  • 55g/2oz pearl barley
  • 3 carrots
  • 2 onions, quartered
  • 4 garlic cloves, skin on
  • 4 medium potatoes, cut into big chunks
  • 2 leeks coarsely shredded
  • 1 red pepper, sliced
  • 1 small savoy cabbage, cut into quarters, core removed
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tbsp vegetable bouillon
  • 1 bouquet garni (bundle of thyme, sage, parsley and rosemary)
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • cold water

Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5.

Place the chicken in a large casserole dish, then add the bacon, sausages, barley, carrots, onions, garlic, potatoes, leeks, red pepper, cabbage, turmeric, bouillon and Bouquet garni. Season and add enough cold water to cover the ingredients. Cover the casserole dish and transfer to the oven to cook for two hours.

To serve, ladle the vegetables into a bowl, place the meat on top and serve with olive oil croutons and coarse parsley and basil pesto.

Recipe Summary

  • 3 quarts chicken stock or low-sodium broth
  • One 3 1/2-pound chicken
  • 2 celery ribs, coarsely chopped
  • 1 large onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, coarsely chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 10 whole black peppercorns
  • 10 thyme sprigs, plus 1 teaspoon chopped thyme
  • 12 baby carrots
  • 1/2 pound turnips, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/4 cup grainy mustard
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 medium zucchini (1/2 pound), cut into thin 1 1/2-inch sticks
  • 1 small shallot, thinly sliced
  • Comté Polenta

In a large pot, combine the stock, chicken, celery, onion, chopped carrot, garlic, peppercorns and thyme sprigs and bring to a simmer over moderately high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, turning the chicken once, until it is cooked through, about 1 1/2 hours. Transfer the chicken to a platter let cool.

Strain the broth and return it to the pot. Boil the broth over high heat, skimming occasionally, until reduced to 6 cups, about 12 minutes. Cover the broth and keep it hot. Remove the meat from the chicken and tear it into large pieces.

In a small saucepan of boiling water, cook the baby carrots until tender, about 5 minutes using a slotted spoon, transfer them to a plate. Repeat with the turnips, cooking them for 4 minutes, and the peas, cooking them for 1 minute.

In a large skillet, combine the chicken, baby carrots and 1 cup of the broth. Cover and rewarm gently, then remove from the heat. Stir the mustard into the remaining broth and season with salt and pepper. Spoon the chicken and vegetables, including the raw zucchini, into large shallow bowls. Sprinkle the chopped thyme and sliced shallot over the top, then ladle in enough hot broth to cover. Add 2 pieces of the Comté Polenta to each bowl and serve.

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Food preparation

The evolution of this recipe is a bit different regarding the food preparation we usually do beforehand. And because the meat takes quite a long time to cook we will be peeling and cutting the vegetables later on in the recipe

Step 1 start cooking the meat.

In a large stock pot start by adding all of the bones and meats at the bottom of the pan. Cover with 3 litre of cold water then turn the heat on high and bring to the boil. As soon as the boils start a lot of impurities will start to float on the top (which is normal) and you will have to start scooping that scum out with a slotted spoon. When done add 330 ml of cold in the pan which will stop the boiling. Clear the excess of impurities on floating at the top and bring back to the boil.

You will have to repeat the process of cleaning and adding cold water to the pan 3 times in total so that you end up at the end with a total of 4 liter ( approx.1 gallon of liquid) so each time you add water it should be around 330ml which just a bit more than a cup)

After the third ‘clean” you meat should well on its way to cook and the broth should be fairly clear and clean without too much fat on the top. I isi now time to add the salt, peppercorns a well as the vegetables (see vegetable used for flavouring in the ingredient list). When reduce the heat to a simmer, cover the pan with a lid (leaving an opening as large as 2 fingers wide for the steam to escape) and leave to cook up to 3 hours (or until your meat is cooked, which can depends on how thick or tough you met pieces are)

Step 2 discard the flavouring vegetables and finish cooking the meat:

After an 45 minutes to an hour discard the vegetables used for the flavouring, remove any impurities floating at the top again then put the lid back on (partly close) and leave the meat to simmer on a gentle boil until it is totally cooked (to know when the meat is cooked just take a piece out and if you can detach pieces of meat with your finger then it is ready) when the meat is totally cooked you can start cooking the vegetable use for the garnish.

Cooking the vegetable for the garnish:

It is now time to wash and peel the vegetables for the garnish. Once done leave the potatoes whole (or cut them in half if they are too big), cut the turnips in quarters, the carrots and leeks in medium size chunks too (make sure you only use the white and yellow part of the leeks)

The cooking of the vegetables need to be done separately so you will have to boil the potatoes in one pan and the carrots, turnips and leeks in another. Usually it is custom to use some of the beef broth as cooking liquid for the vegetable which will give them a really nice flavour. (see video for details instruction cooking the vegetables.

Serving the pot au feu:

It is important to remember that the pot au feu at its core is a simple family dish. So there is no expectations for fancy plating or anything of the sort. Typically for 4 to 6 patrons a pot au feu is served as follow:

  • In one large dish, place all of the pieces of meat in the middle and arrange all the vegetables around the meats.
  • Decorate with a bit of chop parsley
  • Add on the table two little bowl with chopped gherkins and Dijon mustard (or any mustard you like). I personally like to add a bit of freshly mayonnaise as well on the table
  • Finally you can also serve a soup dish with some of the beef broth so people can help themselves to it if they wish to.

If you want to serve this on plates or directly in individual bowl , watch the video I have below to see my take on it. After that it is up to you to get creative.

Easiest Way to Prepare Tasty Easy Transformation Potato Pot-au-Feu Stew from Soup

Easy Transformation Potato Pot-au-Feu Stew from Soup. If you cut your leeks like this, they're easy to wash but will still hold together after a long boil Not all pot au feu recipes call for this first step, but it's a great way to take a lot of the gross scum-skimming out of the whole process from the start. Video recipe on how to make a Traditional French Pot-Au-Feu the easy way. Beef, Vegetables, Slow cooking… With the cold coming, give yourself a treat.

You can serve with more boiled carrots, leeks, parsnips, potatoes, and turnips, as well as boiled cabbage. Beans Beef Cheese Chicken Chocolate Eggs Fish Fruit Grains Greens Nuts Pasta Pork Potatoes Rice Shellfish Tofu Tomatoes Turkey Vegetables. For the pot au feu: Place the chuck roast in a large, heavy pot and season generously with salt and pepper. You can cook Easy Transformation Potato Pot-au-Feu Stew from Soup using 5 ingredients and 4 steps. Here is how you cook that.

Ingredients of Easy Transformation Potato Pot-au-Feu Stew from Soup

  1. It’s 2 of Potatoes (small).
  2. You need 6 of Wiener sausages.
  3. Prepare 1 of Soup stock cube.
  4. Prepare 1 dash of Salt and pepper.
  5. You need 2 1/2 cup of ★Basic Vegetable Soup.

Pot au feu is a meat-lovers dream – a slow-cooked stew with chicken, bacon and sausage. Place the chicken in a large casserole dish, then add the bacon, sausages, barley, carrots, onions, garlic, potatoes, leeks, red pepper, cabbage, turmeric, bouillon and Bouquet garni. A pot au feu is a classic French dish that is slowly cooked all together as a stew but served When it is a pot au feu! This classic French comfort dish is stewed meats with vegetables, but the difference is the Wrap the celery, carrots, leeks, turnips, and potatoes each in a separate cheesecloth bundle.

Easy Transformation Potato Pot-au-Feu Stew from Soup instructions

  1. Heat the potatoes in a microwave until they are soft enough that a skewer can be easily pushed through. Then peel and cut in half..
  2. Add the soup stock cube and ★ ingredients marked with a to a pan along with the wiener sausages and turn on the heat..
  3. Once boiled, add the potatoes, turn the heat down to low and simmer for 5 minutes..
  4. Season with salt and pepper. If the flavour is too strong you can dilute it a bit with hot water. Add the stew to a bowl and serve with optional mustard to complete..

French beef stew (pot-au-feu). (SBS Food). Do you peel potatoes for soup? Not for this easy slow-cooker potato soup! Since this recipe uses frozen shredded hash brown potatoes, there's no need Just drain, rinse and, if using whole canned potatoes, roughly chop them before adding to the soup. How to Make Easy Crock-Pot Potato Soup.

Pot au Feu (Bouilli Québécois)

A traditional beef stew with French origins, cooked slowly with loads of veggies for a memorable family dinner.

As a kid, I used to visit my grandparents once or twice a year. They were living in a small and remote village far away from my home called Lac-des-Aigles (Eagles lake) in Quebec, Canada. We would always arrive in the late afternoon and the Cast Iron pot would already be doing its magic on the stove in the kitchen upon our arrival, giving the house this comfy and welcoming aroma. In the pot was a succulent meat stew called Pot au feu, although it’s called Bouilli in Quebec. This recipe is a flashback to those nice visits at my grandparents place. My grandma would make this recipe starting from when the root veggies would be fully grown in the garden by the end of August throughout the winter. As one knows, Quebec, where I’m from, have inherited a lot from our cousins from France, amongst other things the language and the gastronomy. However everything took a slightly different direction, and it’s also the case with Pot au Feu.

The French vs. The French Canadian version

A popular peasant dish in both France and Quebec, this dish is considered by many the uncontestable comfort food. However the French version often contains leeks while the Canadian version uses green or yellow beans and potatoes. Another difference is the type of meat, in Canada, we usually add a piece of salted pork belly (Lard salé) which is a common in Canadian stews although in France they solely use beef pieces like extra bone marrows.

The technique

The recipe is terribly simple to do, all you need is some patience and keeping an eye on the amount of liquid in the pot. It’s basically a slow and long cooking stew with lots of veggies like rutabagas (turnips), carrots, potatoes, green or yellow beans, onions, cabbage and also 2 pieces of meat like a second quality piece of chuck roast and a piece of salted pork belly.

To prevent the stew from boiling, we cover the pot with the lid and leave always a tiny opening to let the extra heat escape, this way you’ll get a perfect simmer and make the meat tender and steam the veggies to perfection without making the broth blurry in the end. Pot au feu is a “kind of” stew although without as much liquid… containing about half the liquid of a normal stew. The goal is to always check for the meat to be covered by water although the veggies are going to stay on top of the liquid. The secret here is to simmer very gently and for long without moving the stew around. This way you’ll collect all the residual water from the “steamed” veggies and all that succulent juice from the pieces of meat in the bottom broth. The end result is a tender and dreamy merge of all the ingredients with just a touch of the tasty broth to cover the bottom of the plates.

Personal note

Finally, last week, my mom showed me her mom’s recipe for the first time, strangely I didn’t even tried it once before… I guess I wanted to keep the memory of the perfect stew of my grandma intact. The only personal touch of mine in this version of pot au feu is the garlic clove, since I’ve been living abroad in Spain… I have the habit of adding garlic to everything. In my family, we like to serve this dish with a nice fresh buttered white bread slice to accompany it and some extra pickles. We also make bundles with the beans to make them easier to pick up in the end, plus it also gives an extra aesthetic side to the dish.

French beef stew (pot-au-feu)

This classic French beef stew is made with various cuts of meat, loads of vegetables and a selection of herbs, to create a slow-cooked meal that offers a hearty combination of ingredients as well as a flavour-packed broth. Try this recipe when you have time to let it simmer.



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  • 1 kg beef shoulder, cut into four pieces
  • 1 beef cheek
  • 8 cloves
  • 2 onions, peeled, halved
  • 2 beef bones with marrow
  • 6 leeks, white parts only
  • 2 celery roots, peeled
  • 1 bouquet garni (2 bay leaves, 1 thyme sprig, 4 parsley stalks)
  • salt and pepper
  • 6 litres cold water
  • 4 potatoes, peeled, halved
  • 8 small turnips
  • 5 baby carrots
  • ½ head small cabbage, cut into six pieces
  • 5 black peppercorns
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • finely chopped parsley, to serve


Cook's notes

Oven temperatures are for conventional if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.


Place beef shoulder and beef cheek in a large saucepan. Cover with cold water. Bring to boil and skim surface to remove impurities. Remove from heat and transfer beef to a plate. Discard water and clean the pan. Return meat to pan.

Push cloves into onion, then add to the saucepan. Add beef bones, leek, celery and bouquet garni and season with salt and pepper. Cover with the cold water.

Bring to the boil and skim surface to remove impurities. Reduce heat to a slow simmer, skim surface again and cook, uncovered, for 2½ hours.

Add potato, turnips, carrots and cabbage and cook for another 30 minutes or until soft.

Transfer the meat, vegetables and broth into a deep bowl and scatter with parsley. Serve with accompaniments.