Pot-au-feu (beef stew with vegetables)

Preparation time: 2 hours

What you need for 4 persons:
– 3 lbs Chuck beef
– 2 turnips
– 4 potatoes
–  5 carrots
– 1 or 2 leeks
– 1 celery branch
– 1 onion
– Spices: cloves, salt, pepper, thyme, bay leaf

-Pressure cooker

To start, I would like to share with you a recipe of Pot-au-feu.  A pot-au-feu is a beef stew with vegetables.  I strongly recommend to use a pressure cooker because you will need to cook the beef  for about 1 hour at least. Without pressure cooker, it will take you 3 or 4 hours.

Phase 1:
– Drive the cloves in the onion
– Fill up the pressure cooker with water
– Put the onion in the water
– Put the beef, thyme, bay leaf, salt and pepper
– Close the pressure cooker and cook for 1 hour.

Phase 2:
– Peel vegetables while the beef is cooking

Phase 3:
– After 1 hour, open the pressure cooker
– Put all the vegetables in the cooker
– Close the cooker and cook for 15 minutes.

Once it is cooked, remove the beef and the vegetables. Keep the stock.

Voilà! It is ready.
In one plate, put a piece of beef, an assortment of vegetables (potato, turnip, leek, celery, carrot) and put some stock on top of it.

The Pot-au-feu is even better with coarse salt and mustard. I usually buy Maille mustard which tastes like in France. Serve the mustard on the side of the plate and eat it with the meat.

Dijon Mustard Maille

If you have kids, you can make a purée with the patatoes and carrots. It looks like this:

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