I can think of no better way to warm up yourself up than a French pot au feu with generous, tasty ingredients. Come winter, I’m ready for you!
French history and culture is embodied with pot au feu and a deeply rooted tradition. It was not until well into the 20th century that it became the mythical centre of French cuisine, as historian Maryann Tebben put it.
Pot bebe a la Feu, a traditional dish of the French Riviera and one of the most popular dishes in France.
It is difficult to know when and under what name pot au feu first appeared, but the meaning has always been used to describe a dish cooked in a pot. It is hard to say what pot au feu first tasted like as it has changed in many ways since its appearance, from describing a dish that cooks in a pot to a name for a particular type of dish and even for an entire family of dishes, such as soup dish.
Although the pot has been used since at least the 11th century, even in English, there does not appear to be a written trace of pot au feu until 1673. However, it is used today as a term for a certain type of dish.
Literally translated, it is called “pot on fire” and is described in the Larousse Encyclopaedia of 1867 as the most famous dish in France. French chef Raymond Blanc described it in an interview with London’s Observer as “(Pot au feu) is the quintessence of the French cooking family, it is and always has been the most famous dish in France, it has been for centuries. This national cuisine is of different quality in different regions, but the regional differences are part of its magic’’.
Even the most modest pots remain a popular comfort food, and the standard of living of the French in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries meant that most French could not afford to buy meat regularly, ensuring that almost everyone enjoyed a good pot au feu when the opportunity presented itself.
Pot au feu is particularly appreciated in the cold winter months and is a classic French cuisine that can be shared with family and friends. Pot au feu (which means “pot over fire”) is also one of the most popular cooked dinner dishes in the world, but mainly as a side dish in many countries.
Pot au feu is a French beef stew, prepared with everything you can get your hands on. To make it, boil various meats and many root vegetables in a pot until everything in the pot is soft.
In the past, meat and most vegetables were consumed in the afternoon, while the thicker broth that was left over, was eaten in the evening when it was served for dinner as a soup. The cold weather undoubtedly makes this pot the most tempting, and if you are paired with an eager appetite, you can sit next to a cheerful fire and eat the stew.
As for the pot au feu itself, it is as delicious as possible, served hot and with a thick, rich broth, but you can eat it cold if you like (vegans 🤷🏾♂️).