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Lou's chicken in the pot

Lou's chicken in the pot
Los Angeles Times

A variation on classic French pot-au-feu, this hearty dish appealed to Times restaurant critic S. Irene Virbila when she dined at Lou, a new wine bar on Vine Street in Los Angeles. "It's sort of a Jewish-French hybrid," owner Lou ... Read more

Total time: 4 hours | Serves 8 to 10
  • 1 pig's foot, split lengthwise
  • 7 small yellow onions, halved and peeled
  • 3 pounds meaty beef short ribs
  • 3 pounds beef brisket, fat on
  • Bouquet garni of 3 sprigs parsley, 2 sprigs thyme and 2 bay leaves with 12 peppercorns and 1 clove
  • Kosher salt
  • 6 chicken legs (thigh and drumstick)
  • 6 carrots, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 3 medium turnips, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 6 leeks, white part only, halved and cut into 3-inch pieces
  • 1 pound small Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 1 small cabbage, cut into quarters
  • Fleur de sel
  • Cornichons
  • Coarse Dijon mustard

Step 1Bring a saucepan of water to a boil. Blanch the pig's foot for 10 minutes, skimming to remove scum. Drain and reserve.

Step 2Cut 1 onion in half, place it on a baking sheet and char it under the broiler.

Step 3Add the charred onion to a very large stockpot along with the blanched pig's foot, the short ribs, brisket, 1 1/2 gallons of water, bouquet garni and salt.

Step 4Slowly bring to a boil, skimming thoroughly, then reduce the heat and simmer 10 minutes. Cover the pot, leaving a small gap, and continue at a low simmer for 1 1/2 hours, skimming every so often.

Step 5Add the chicken and continue at a low simmer until the chicken and beef are very tender, 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Step 6Add the remaining onions, the carrots, turnips, leeks, potatoes and cabbage to the pot and simmer over low heat 20 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.

Step 7Use a large slotted spoon to remove the meat and vegetables to several large baking dishes. Pour a few cups of broth over the meat and vegetables and tent with foil or cool and refrigerate overnight.

Step 8Strain and defat the remaining poaching liquid. Discard the pig's foot. Pour the stock into two wide sauce pans and reduce by one-third. Cool and refrigerate if serving the next day. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Step 9To serve, slice the brisket. Place the sliced beef and ribs on one side of a large platter, the chicken in the middle and the vegetables on the other side. Pour some of the reduced broth over all. Serve remaining broth on the side. Put the garnishes in little ramekins and serve alongside the platter to be added as desired to each serving.

Each of 10 servings:
564 calories; 60 grams protein; 30 grams carbohydrates; 6 grams fiber; 22 grams fat; 8 grams saturated fat; 154 mg. cholesterol; 204 mg. sodium.
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