National Dish of France – Pot au Feu
|beef shoulder (cut into quarters)||1 kg|
|beef bones with marrow||2|
|celery roots (peeled)||2|
|potatoes (peeled and halved)||4|
|head cabbage (cut into chunks)||½|
|onions (peeled and halved)||2|
|cold water||6 L|
|sea salt||1 tbsp.|
Pot au Feu is a savory beef stew that originated in France and graced the tables of both the poor and rich alike. Traditionally, the dish is prepared with vegetables, spices and meat in a large iron pot. It is served with bread.
Directions for Preparing Pot au Feu
- Fill a saucepan with water and add the beef cheek and shoulder pieces.
- Turn the heat on high and bring to a boil.
- While the meat is cooking, use a spoon to skim the surface of the water and remove any scum.
- After about fifteen (0:15) minutes, drain and discard the water, clean the pan and return the meat to the pan to be cooked further.
- Stick the cloves into the onion, then add this to the saucepan.
- Place the beef bones into the pan and add the leeks and celery.
- Season with the bay leaves, thyme and parsley.
- Sprinkle salt and pepper, then pour in the cold water so that the vegetables and meat are covered.
- Bring to a boil, occasionally skimming the surface of the water to remove any scum.
- Reduce the heat and allow the stew to simmer uncovered for approximately two and a half (2:30) hours.
- Add the cabbage, carrots, potatoes and turnips to the pot.
- Stir and simmer for thirty (0:30) minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
- Turn off the heat, ladle into serving bowls and sprinkle chopped parsley to garnish
- Serve with cornichons, bread and a dash of sea salt.
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