Coq au Vin
The coq au vin recipe is quintessentially French, dating back hundreds of years. It was originally peasant food – literally rooster (le coq) cooked in wine (vin). Updated French cooking has turned this dish into a delicious chicken stew, cooked with wine, carrots , onions, lardons and mushrooms.
Legend has it that the chief of the Gaules sent Julius Cesaer a rooster – the sign of valiance, during the Roman conquest. The cock was lean and aggressive, to signify the determination of the Gauls. Caesaer invited the chief of the Gauls to dinner, and served the very same rooster, cooked in wine.
There are many French recipes for this dish, using different regional wines. Red wine, riesling and vin jaune from the Jura region of France, are some of the possibilities.
Coq au Vin Recipe
2 whole large chickens, cut into pieces3 tbs olive oil2 cloves garlic, minced3 whole carrots, peeled and cut into pieces½ bottle good red cooking wine1 cup chicken stock1 bouquet of fresh herbs, thyme, bay leaf, parsley1 fresh tomato, diced6 bacon slices cooked and cut into bits (lardons) 12 small onions - peeledSalt and pepper
Salt and pepper the chicken parts. Marinate the chicken in red wine, onions, herbs and carrots. Refrigerate for at least 6 hoursSauté the garlic in olive oil. Remove the chicken pieces from the marinade. Pat dry and and brown the pieces on both sides.Pour in the marinade carrots, onions, mushrooms, chicken stock and herbs. Cover and simmer until chicken is completely cooked (approximately 20 minutes).Salt and pepper to taste. Add in lardons.
Your house will smell wonderful because the chicken is slow cooked. Then, "le moment magique" … when you taste it. Serve potatoes or rice on the side and of course a glass of wine.
|The magic moment || Le moment magique |
|Chicken ||Le poulet |
|Olive oil || L’huile d’olive |
|Garlic || L’ail|
|Carrots || Les carottes|
|Red wine || Le vin rouge|
|Mushrooms || Les champignons|
|Chicken stock || Le bouillon de poulet|
|Bouquet of herbs || Le bouquet garni|
|Tomato || La tomate|
|Bacon || Le lard|
|Bacon bits || Les lardons|
|Small onions || Les petits oignons|
|Salt || Le sel|
|Pepper || Le Poivre|
|Rooster (cock) || Le coq|
|It is delicious. || Il est délicieux.|
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