Pot au feu

Provides a good beef stock that can be reduced and then frozen or reduced even further and clarified to become a glace de viande (meat glaze).

8 short ribs shank  (meat bone in)
1 large onion sliced
1 small onion pricked with 2 cloves
8 carrots
2 leeks
2 celery stalks
2 cloves of garlic
bouquet garni (bay leaf, parsley, thyme)
12 small potatoes

  • Brown the sliced onion in one tablespoon of olive oil.
  • Add the meat then the water to cover.
  • Bring to a boil over high heat and cook for 5 minutes, skimming off the scum.
  • Add bouquet garni, garlic, and onion with cloves.
  • Simmer covered for 2 hours.
  • Add water if necessary.
  • Put a minimum of salt.
  • Add carrots, leeks, and celery stalks and cook for another hour.

To serve:

  • Strain the broth and reserve the meat and vegetables.
  • Keep warm.
  • Reduce the broth by boiling it quickly.
  • Then add salt and pepper as needed.
  • In the meantime, cut thin slices of the meat and arrange on a serving platter surrounded by the vegetables.

How to use the broth:

  • Serve the broth in a bowl with toasted French bread covered with grated cheese.
  • Make glace de viande:
    • First the stock (about 1 quart) must be perfectly degreased to be clarified.
    • This clarification process is accomplished by beating egg whites into cold stock, heating it to just below the simmer for 15 minutes.
    • Strain the liquid very gently.
    • Reduce to a syrup that becomes hard jelly when cold.
    • 1 quart of stock will reduce to 1/2 cup.

It can keep for weeks under refrigeration or can be frozen.