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Thursday, December 11, 2008

BB: Coq au vin

This week's recipe for Barefoot Bloggers is coq au vin. I have been dying to make this, so I was excited for it. But then the holidays got the best of me and I got lazy and just threw it in the crockpot instead of making it the real way. This is my least favorite so far, I really couldn't get behind it. I'm hoping it's just because of the crockpot thing, so I'll see how everyone else faired and maybe try again when I have more time/patience.

Coq Au Vin
Back to Basics on page 116
Chosen by Bethany of this little piggy went to market

  • 2 tablespoons good olive oil
  • 4 ounces good 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 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 1/4 cup Cognac or good brandy
  • 1/2 bottle (375 ml) good dry red wine such as Burgundy
  • 1 cup good chicken stock, preferably homemade
  • 10 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature, divided
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 pound frozen small whole onions
  • 1/2 pound cremini mushrooms, stems removed and thickly sliced

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.

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 teaspoons salt, and 1 teaspoon 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 tablespoon of butter and the flour together and stir into the stew. Add the frozen onions. In a medium saute pan, add the remaining 1 tablespoon 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.


Joelen said...

This looks wonderful and such a great hearty dish for the winter months!

Anonymous said...

Oh, boo! :( Sorry it didn't work out for you. But your picture is fabulous nonetheless!

karen said...

i also went the crockpot route. i liked it, but not sure if i'd make it again.

chocolatechic said...

Oh...I am so sad that you didn't care for it.

I thought it was fabulous!

Anonymous said...

It looks good! Maybe it was the crockpot... mine turned out really yummy (I actually forgot it was in the oven for about 2 hours while I ran around the house doing other things)

Lisa said...

I liked it but like you, I wouldn't make it again.

Cathy said...

Mine was not good either, and I did it the regular way. I'm thinking that it's because my wine and brandy weren't particularly high quality? Oh well. Yours looks good, though!

Rebecca said...

I wonder if the texture's different with a crockpot ...

That Girl said...

You know, it's always nice to have an additional crock pot meal in the arsenal.