Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Coq Au Vin

A simple dish yet one good enough for company. I use a Barefoot Contessa recipe although for many years my Coq au Vin came from James Beard. I like the ease of her preparation.
It was originally a way to use that tough old rooster -- (which is why it is coq rather than poulet) -- with a long simmer in wine. Today, our dish is not made from old roosters but the long simmer in wine does flavor the chicken well.
It was for company and so I used chicken breasts -- and served it over garlic mashed potatoes to soak up all those delicious juices.

Coq au Vin

4 ounces bacon or pancetta, diced
1 (3 to 4 pound) chicken, cut in 8ths
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 pound carrots, cut diagonally in 1 inch pieces
1 yellow onion, sliced
1 t. chopped garlic
1/4 cup Cognac or good brandy
1/2 bottle good dry red wine, such as Burgundy
1 cup good chicken stock
10 fresh thyme sprigs
2 T. butter, at room temp, divided
1 1/2 T. flour
1/2 pound frozen small whole onions
1/2 pound cremini mushrooms, stems removed and thicky sliced

Preheat the oven to 250

Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven. Add the bacon and cook over medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes, until lightly browned. Remove the bacon to a plate with a slotted spoon.

Meanwhile, lay the chicken out on paper towels and pat dry. Liberally sprinkle the chicken on both sides with salt and pepper. When the bacon is removed, brown the chicken pieces in batches in a single layer for about 5 minutes, turning to brown evenly. Remove the chicken to the plate with the bacon and continue to brown until all the chicken is done. Set aside.

Add the carrots, onions, 2 t. salt and 1 t. pepper to the pan and cook over medium heat for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions are lightly browned. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Add the Cognac and put the bacon, chicken and any juices that collected on the plate into the pot. Add the wine, chicken, stock, and thyme and bring to a simmer. Cover the pot with a tight fitting lid and place in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes, until the chicken is just not pink. Remove from the oven and place on top of the stove.

Mash 1 T of butter and the flour together and stir into the stew. Add the frozen onions. In a medium saute pan, add the remaining 1 T of butter and cook the mushrooms over medium low heat for 5 to 10 minutes, until browned. Add to the stew. Bring the stew to a simmer and cook for another 10 minutes. Season to taste. Serve hot.


Erica (Irene) said...

Martha......This looks so good. This will be on my list for a dinner soon, I forgot about this dish. Love your table. Thanks for sharing. :-)

Blondie's Journal said...

I love this dish, Martha, and could use an updated recipe. I love the idea of serving it over mashed potatoes...Thank you!


Fifi Flowers said...

That sounds GREAT... my coq au vin is BORING compared to this recipe... must add to favorites! Merci!

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Martha,
This does sound good! I was taken with your recipe for coconut balls, I will have to try these. They do sound a bit like Mexican wedding cookies, my Mom always made for us during Christmas.
Wonderful, wonderful recipes.
Take care and have a sweet week,

From the Kitchen said...

You are my kind of hostess. How far are you from Chicago?

Linda said...

This looks amazing--wonderful post!

Mary Bergfeld said...

This looks wonderful, Martha. Your guests couldn't help but love this bistro favorite.