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Recipe for a Classic Pot au Feu

 The pot-au-feu is a very traditional Provençal dishes. Pot-au-Feu is literally translated to “pot on the fire”, which is essentially a French stew. Typically, it is made with beef although can easily be made with pork as well. Many countries have a variation on pot-au-feu, as it is typically a way to use low cost (less desirable) cuts of meat. The French pot-au-feu is easy to make, it is really intended to be left on the fire, as more ingredients are added and servings dished out.
Pot au Feu Provencal Recipes

Pot au Feu

Carolyne Kauser-Abbott
This is a very traditional French main meal. Like a stew, pot-au-feu is easy to make, and you can vary the ingredients depending on what you have in the fridge. Traditionally, this dish is served in two courses. The marrow is spread on crusty bread and served with the broth, then the meat and vegetables follow in the second serving.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine French
Servings 4 people



  • 2 Pieces Oxtail or sliced bacon
  • 3 Pounds Rump Roast or small Pork Roast
  • 1 Whole Large onion peeled and sliced
  • 3 Medium Leeks cleaned and sliced
  • 3 Medium Carrots peeled and cut in large pieces
  • 6 Small Turnips peeled and chopped
  • 2 Whole Celery stalks cleaned and sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 bouquet garni
  • 1 tbsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 tbsp herbes de Provence
  • 2-3 Cups Water
  • 2-3 Cups White Wine
  • 6 Small Potatoes cleaned
  • 2 Fresh Baguettes


  • In a large stockpot on high heat cook the oxtail or bacon slightly
  • Add the meat (beef or pork) and brown on all sides
  • Add the onion and cook until translucent
  • Add the leeks, carrots, turnips, celery, garlic, bouquet garni, black pepper, herbes de Provence
  • Add enough water and white wine to cover the ingredients and bring to a boil
  • Reduce the heat to simmer and cook partially covered for about 3 hours, until the meat is tender
  • Skim foam off the surface occasionally
  • Strain the vegetables from the meat and broth and set-aside for later
  • Return the meat and broth to the pot and bring to a simmer. Cook partially covered for another hour, add the potatoes after 30 minutes
  • Remove the meat from the broth, discard the trussing strings and carve
  • While carving warm the vegetables in the broth for a few minutes until warm
  • Serve the meat and vegetables along with some crusty bread
Keyword Beef, Carrots, Pork, Potatoes
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Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

With her camera and laptop close at hand, Carolyne has traded in her business suits for the world of freelance writing and blogging. Her first airplane ride at six months of age was her introduction to the exciting world of travel.

While in Provence, Carolyne can be found hiking with friends, riding the hills around the Alpilles or tackling Mont Ventoux. Her attachment to the region resonates in Perfectly Provence this digital magazine that she launched in 2014. This website is an opportunity to explore the best of the Mediterranean lifestyle (food & wine, places to stay, expat stories, books on the region, travel tips, real estate tips and more), through our contributors' articles.

Carolyne writes a food and travel blog Ginger and Nutmeg. Carolyne’s freelance articles can be found in Global Living Magazine, Avenue Magazine and City Palate (Published Travel Articles).

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