#CookForJulia Coq au Vin (Well, Almost)

I made Coq au Vin for dinner tonight. Almost. Julia’s version features Brown-Braised Pearl Onions and Sauteed Mushrooms. Mine features frozen pearl onions, and I simply didn’t get to the mushrooms. I did can 9 pints of peaches this afternoon, and then got a wild hair and made a Blueberry Streusel Pie with the quart of blueberries I bought at the Farmers’ Market this morning, and the pie dough I had left over from the fruit tarts, except I didn’t have enough crust for the top of the pie so I had to throw together a streusel at the last minute.

Sometimes it gets a little crazy living in my head.

The Coq au Vin was delicious even without the mushrooms. The Boy loved it, and I was not sure he would, because sometimes when I cook with wine he doesn’t like the flavor. So it was a big success. This dish is pretty quick and easy to pull off, even while you are retrieving jars of peaches from the canning bath, and rolling out a pie crust. I had help from The Husband; he manned the camera so I didn’t have to stop between each step to photograph things myself.

It starts with blanched salt pork strips, otherwise known as lardons.

After browning the lardons to release their fat, the chicken is browned, and then simmered with the rest of the ingredients (garlic, bay leaf, thyme, red wine, chicken stock, tomato) until it’s done. The sauce is reduced in a saucepan, and thickened with a flour/butter paste (beurre manie). It is not thick like a gravy, it’s a light sauce that coats the chicken and adds a ton of great flavor. It’s pretty remarkable that it only takes a hour, start to finish, from prep to serve. It might be even faster if you start with already-cut-up chicken pieces (I cut up my own chicken; it’s less expensive and then I have a carcass for making stock.)

Tomorrow it’s my intention to do Boeuf Bourguignon, which also features the braised onions and sauteed mushrooms. I will not be canning or baking pies tomorrow, so maybe I’ll actually completely execute the dish. But you never know.

Sometimes it gets a little crazy living in my head.

See you tomorrow.

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