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Jun 4, 2011 03:45 AM

Coq au vin - Seeking Best recipe

I am seeking a gourmet coq au vin recipe and don't mind if it takes a lot of work to prep if it is spectacular. There are a lot of quick and easy recipes around but have had one a few years ago where the chicken had been marinated for days and a lot of work was put into it - the results were spectacular. Any tips would be great!

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  1. I've run across these two with a marinade-
    The Balthazar I made and it was very good:
    Balthazar's Coq au Vin
    publication date: Nov 5, 2010
    author/source: Keith McNally, Riad Nasr and Lee Hanson
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    Though currently synonymous with chicken, Coq au Vin was originally made by braising the meat from a sinewy old rooster in cheap red wine for a long period of time.

    Serves 4

    4 large stewing hen legs
    1 large yellow onion, cut into 1cm dice
    1 large carrot, cut into 1cm dice
    2 celery stalks, cut into medium dice
    1 head of garlic, halved horizontally
    1 bottle of red wine
    1 bouquet garni
    Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
    4 tablespoons olive oil
    2 tablespoons tomato paste
    3 tablespoons plain flour
    750ml veal stock (for which there is a recipe in the book)
    250g pearl onions, peeled
    225g smoked streaky bacon in one piece, diced
    450g small button mushrooms
    3 tablespoons chopped
    flat-leaf parsley

    In a large bowl, combine the legs, onion, carrot, celery, garlic, wine and bouquet garni. Cover with cling film and refrigerate for 24 to 36 hours.

    Strain the legs and the vegetables from the marinade, reserving the liquid and separating the legs and vegetables. Season the legs with salt and pepper.

    Heat the olive oil in a large casserole. When it begins to smoke, add the legs, in batches if necessary, being sure not to crowd the pan. Brown evenly and deeply on all sides, about 8 minutes per side. Set the finished legs to the side and discard the oil; replenish it between batches.

    When finished browning the legs, reduce the heat to medium and add the reserved vegetables to the pot. Cook until they soften and begin to brown, about 5 to 8 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste and cook for about 2 minutes, then add the flour, stirring again for about 2 minutes. Add the reserved wine marinade and, as it bubbles up, use a wooden spoon to scrape the bottom of the pot and incorporate any flavourful bits into the broth. Simmer until the liquid has reduced by half, about 20 to 25 minutes, then add the stock. As it reaches the boil, reduce the heat to low and maintain a slow and gentle simmer for 1 hour, at which point the meat should be meltingly tender.

    Meanwhile, prepare the rest of the ingredients: blanch the pearl onions in boiling water for 5 to 7 minutes, until tender. Drain and set aside. Cook the bacon in a dry frying pan over a medium heat until brown, about 10 minutes, then remove with a slotted spoon. Add the mushrooms to the pan and the now very hot rendered bacon fat, cook until brown, about 5 minutes, then remove with a slotted spoon. Add the blanched pearl onions to the pan, sautéing until they too are brown, about 5 minutes.

    Remove the legs from the braising liquid and strain the contents of the pot, reserving the liquid and discarding the vegetables. Bring to a strong simmer and skim the surface of the sauce as it bubbles, removing any visible fat. When the sauce has reduced by half, return the legs to the pot along with the bacon, onions and mushrooms and simmer for an additional 15 minutes. Just prior to serving, add the chopped parsley.

    From The Balthazar Cookbook by Keith McNally, Riad Nasr & Lee Hanson, published in the UK by Absolute Press, price £25.

    This is another recipe - sound good, but I've never tried it.: