Warm Weather Vegetable Pot-Au-Feu ~ French Fridays with Dorie

by kitchenarian on June 3, 2011

This week’s assignment for French Fridays with Dorie members was warm weather vegetable pot-au-feu. I admit, I was less than excited. What Dorie says turns this soup from ordinary to extraordinary is the poached egg. She writes that it adds a richness that elevates the soup to a truly special dish. I was leery; I was hesitant. I was struggling with the whole recipe.

Maybe because it has been 100 degrees at home this week and I did not want soup or maybe it was the egg sitting in my vegetable soup! Last night, I expressed my lack of motivation to the twitter world and my fellow Doristas came to the rescue offering encouragement and support. So I got up this morning and made pot-au-feu.

The most time spent on this recipe was chopping vegetables. It is my kind of recipe – no real measurements, just general guidelines for how many vegetables to use. I followed the recipe loosely adding just about all the ingredients Dorie suggested. Instead of fresh herbs, I used some herbs de provence from my spice cabinet that Sous Chef brought home from Paris a while back.

I used most of the vegetables Dorie recommended: onions, leeks, carrots, asparagus, spinach, even potatoes. Although, I did add some beets I bought recently at the farmer’s market – golden beets and chioggia beets. They added some nice color.

And the poached egg? It was my favorite part! I loved it mixed in with the savory vegetable soup. I truly did. Thanks to Mardi from eatlivetravelwrite.com and Adriana from greatfood360.com for convincing me to make this week’s recipe. Stop by their blog and peek at their beautiful soup. Visit the French Fridays with Dorie website to see what all the other great cooks have put in their soup this week. We would love to have you get a book and cook along with us.

And last, but not least, congratulations to Dorie Greenspan on winning the IACP “Cookbook of The Year” award for her book, Around My French Table.


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Tiffany June 3, 2011 at 12:41 pm

YAH! I’m glad that it all came together and that you ended up liking the egg! It’s beautiful!


Steph@stephsbitebybite June 3, 2011 at 1:09 pm

I know what you mean about hot weather and soup, but this looks mighty tasty! Great Job!


Katie June 3, 2011 at 1:24 pm

Ah, yum. I’d eat anything with a poached egg! I’d never consider putting it in soup, but this looks great. I’m definitely going to try it out.


Brooks at Cakewalker June 3, 2011 at 1:24 pm

Kitchenarian, it truly is a gorgeous bowl of soup and how nice to have your friends rally around you for support! I too, struggle with hot or warm food on hot days where I’m uninitiated to turn on a stove. The end result here is a healthy meal and thank you for sharing the experience.


Tricia S. June 3, 2011 at 1:57 pm

I am so with you on the whole thing-hesitant but glad to have done it. Not glad, now that I am reading all the posts, that I didn’t actually TASTE it 🙂 My family chowed it down so I did not have to venture out of my comfort zone. Since they all declared that they would like to have it again, I now vow to enjoy a bowl myself ! Nana enjoyed hers but since she is a fan of these veggies and soft eggs- there was no surprise. Just delight. Great post. And I love those black and white napkins….


yummychunklet June 3, 2011 at 2:40 pm

I think your soup turned out fantastic! Kudos for giving it a go!


Jen at The Three Little Piglets June 3, 2011 at 3:52 pm

I love when you go out on a limb you’re not sure about and then you realize that you really like it!


Liz June 3, 2011 at 5:28 pm

The beets are a lovely touch…and good for you for trying the egg…I was still to leery to give it a shot 🙂 Beautiful photos!


Jessica of My Baking Heart June 3, 2011 at 5:36 pm

Gorgeous. So glad you gave it a try and loved it! 🙂


Frankly Entertaining June 3, 2011 at 6:05 pm

I love all the vegetable ideas that I’m getting from these posts. I think I need to connect with the Dorie group on Twitter, there are definitely times when I need help getting motivated!


torviewtoronto June 3, 2011 at 9:09 pm

wonderful looking soup


Felice - All That's Left Are The Crumbs June 3, 2011 at 10:45 pm

I love a poached or over-easy egg on fried rice. I’ve never tried it in a soup but this looks great.


Patty June 3, 2011 at 10:58 pm

Love the beets and am glad you took the plunge, I think your soup looks delicious;-)


Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite June 4, 2011 at 11:02 am

I am so glad you made it in the end. And it looks lovely. I am so impressed with how the egg really elevates this to something special and I know that I will be making this again and again this summer in my little Paris flat, with a hunk of baguette and a touch of rosé, it’s the perfect meal! Thanks for the shoutout – but you know, that’s what we are all here for!


Adriana June 4, 2011 at 12:12 pm

I’m so happy you made the pot-au-feu, and now wish I had added some of the radishes I still have around after seeing your beets. They do give such a wonderful pop of color! (Capresto!)


Cher June 4, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Glad you made it! Yeah for you.
I agree with Adriana – the beets really do add an extra lovely pop of color.


Sara Beth June 4, 2011 at 8:57 pm

I have always wanted to try making pot-au-feu, but it seemed so labor-intesive! This looks delicious- love the poached egg!


Kate@Diethood.com June 5, 2011 at 1:45 am

Ooooh beets! I wish I had thought of that… but I think I put every other veggie that exists. 🙂 I’m glad that the Doristas were there to encourage you… even happier that you loved it! We did too!


Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts June 5, 2011 at 4:05 pm

Your soup looks wonderful! I love seeing everyone’s different versions of things every Friday!


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