The « potée champenoise » Stew [fr]

Our chef Sebastien Baud shares once again one of his favourite recipe. This month, we continue our trip in the Champagne region with the "Potée Champenoise" stew Bon appétit !

Hello everyone!!

We continue our tour of the Champagne-Ardenne region with the « potée champenoise » this month. It is a complete, simple, cheap stew, ideal for family reunions or large gatherings.

The “grape pickers” stew was traditionally prepared on grape harvesting day.

This dish is prepared with lean, low-sodium bacon, low-sodium pork, sausage, and thick slices of smoked ham. Cabbage, carrots, turnips and firm-flesh potatoes are added into the mix – all of this in generous amounts.

In the heart of winter, what could be more enjoyable than a nice, big, highly flavorful pot of meat and vegetables?


Recipe for 4 people:

• 600g white beans, soaked for 12 hours
• 400 g reduced-sodium bacon
• 1 reduced-sodium small ham
• 1 Morteau sausage
• 3 carrots
• 3 turnips
• 3 potatoes
• 1 onion
• 2 cloves
• 1 bouquet garni
• salt, pepper


• Rinse the ham and bacon under cold water. Place them in a large cocotte and cover abundantly with cold water. Bring to a boil and drain. Lower the heat and cook for 2 hours, covered.
• Meanwhile, peel the potatoes, the carrots, the turnips, and the onion. Prick the onion with the cloves.
• Add all vegetables to the cocotte with the Morteau sausage, the bouquet garni, and season with pepper. Cook another 30 minutes.
• Place the white beans in a large saucepan. Cover with water and bring to a boil. As soon as the water starts boiling, drain the beans and put them back in the pan. Add boiling water, salt, pepper, and cook for 40 minutes.
• Serve the meats with vegetables, beans and some bouillon.
• Do not forget the pickles

With these words by Jean d’Ormesson, a French man of letters and member of the Académie Française, I wish you all a « bon appétit », and look forward to being with you very soon!

«We never know anything about the world but what we have tasted, touched, and smelled»

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Last modified on 07/02/2017

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