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Pot-au-feu is the quintessential French family meal.

Pot-au-feu (translation: pot on the fire) is a traditional French dish of meat and vegetables boiled with herbs and served in courses.

It can be as elaborate or simple as desired. In this recipe, I've kept it simple, using only one kind of meat; however, it is quite common to find several different cuts, including sausage, used to make this dish.

Preparation for this recipe begins the day before it is planned to be served. The roast (and any other cuts of beef used) are brined overnight to infuse it with seasoning and flavour. The meat(s) is then boiled with more herbs along with marrow bones. Once the meat is tender it is removed from the pot and the vegetables are cooked in the remaining broth infusing them with delicious flavour.

Traditionally, pot-au-feu is served in courses as I mentioned, with the marrow bones served first with lots of bread. The meat and vegetables are then served on a platter along with bowls of broth and a range of condiments like Dijon mustard, salsa, prepared horseradish, etc. But there is nothing wrong with serving everything all at once. Enjoy!



(Makes 10 servings)


  • 1/3 cup coarse sea salt

  • 1/4 cup granulated white sugar

  • 10 to 12 cloves garlic, halved

  • 1 teaspoon cracked whole peppercorns

  • 5 whole allspice

  • 2 whole cloves

  • 2 dried bay leaves, crushed


  • 2lb bone-in pot roast (chuck or brisket)

bouquet garni:

  • 10 sprigs fresh parsley

  • 10 sprigs fresh thyme

  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary

  • 10 to 12 cloves garlic, halved

  • 4 whole allspice

  • 2 whole cloves

  • 2 bay leaves, crushed

  • 1 teaspoon cracked whole peppercorns

vegetables and marrow:

  • 3 to 4 marrow bones

  • 6 large carrots, peeled and chopped

  • 3 stalks celery, chopped

  • 1 large onion, halved

  • 2 turnips, peeled and cut into wedges

  • 8 small white potatoes, peeled (or 16 new potatoes)

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste



In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, add 8 to 10 cups of water and the brine ingredients. Bring to a simmer and stir until salt and sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and allow the brine to cool to room temperature.

Place the roast into a Dutch oven and pour the brine over the meat so that it covers the meat completely. Cover and refrigerate overnight (minimum of 8 hours). The next day, discard the brine and rinse the meat. Set aside.