Classic French Pot au Feu

Classic French Pot au Feu

A pot au feu is a classic French dish that is slowly cooked all together as a stew but served separately as three different courses.
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  • Serves: 10 persons



  1. Step 1

    Gather the ingredients.
  2. Step 2

    Tie the beef shank, chuck, and ribs into a tight bundle with kitchen twine and place it in a large stockpot.
  3. Step 3

    Wrap the marrow bones in cheesecloth, secure it tightly with the string, and place it in the stockpot.
  4. Step 4

    Pour enough cold water into the stockpot to cover the ingredients.
  5. Step 5

    Bring the mixture to a boil, skimming often.
  6. Step 6

    Turn the heat down as soon as the water boils, so it is just a low simmer.
  7. Step 7

    Push the cloves into the onion and wrap the bouquet garni , cinnamon stick, peppercorns, and bay leaves in a piece of cheesecloth. Place the onion and the bundle into the stockpot.
  8. Step 8

    Season the mixture with the salt and continue simmering, uncovered, for 2 1/2 hours. Add more water, if needed, to keep the meat and marrowbones covered. Do not allow the mixture to boil.
  9. Step 9

    Wrap the celery, carrots, leeks, turnips, and potatoes each in a separate cheesecloth bundle, securing them tightly with string.
  10. Step 10

    Add the celery, carrots, leeks, and turnips to the pot and continue simmering for 40 minutes.
  11. Step 11

    Check the vegetables for doneness, and then remove any that have turned tender and cooked through.
  12. Step 12

    Add the potato bundle to the pot and continue simmering for an additional 20 to 25 minutes, until the potatoes are cooked through.
  13. Step 13

    Remove each vegetable and meat bundle from the pot, unwrap it, and arrange the vegetables in groups around the meat on the serving platter. Keep warm.
  14. Step 14

    Discard the clove-studded onion and strain the broth through a fine-mesh sieve.
  15. Step 15

    Return the broth to a clean saucepan and bring it to a boil for about 10 to 15 minutes, until it has reduced in volume and has a good, strong flavor. Season it with additional salt, if needed.
  16. Step 16

    Transfer the hot broth to a serving bowl and offer as soup. Spread the marrow on the slices of toasted bread (called croûtes) and serve as an appetizer or alongside the broth. Present the meat and vegetable platter as the main course with small bowls of the garnishes on the side.
  17. Step 17