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Nov 25, 2011 08:06 PM

Favorite coq au vin recipe?

Hey everyone,

For Christmas this year, I've decided to make a coq au vin. It's homey, it's rich, it's delicious, and the leftovers are heaven. I've used Jane Hornby's recipe from What To Cook and How To Cook It, but I was wondering if anyone had any real standout recipes? Also, any notes on duck au vin?


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  1. Julia Child's recipe is beyond compare. follow it. be happy.

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    1. re: magiesmom

      Just saw it, looks like it uses lardons. Do you think duck fat or turkey bacon could be used instead?

      1. re: SouthToTheLeft

        duck fat for sure, but I am not a fan of turkey bacon, and it is too lean for lardons.

      1. Alton Brown's recipe is really good, too. I pretty much follow it as written, using a cut-up whole chicken and adding a few extra chicken thighs. I use bacon and only 1 1/2 bottles of wine. Delicious.

        1. I've had good luck with this recipe from Williams-Sonoma, friends who have made it love it too.

          1. I use Julia Child's Coq au Vin from her book "The Way To Cook". It's much simpler than the one in "Mastering the Art of French Cooking". And since my husband doesn't eat red-meat products, I use turkey bacon & extra-virgin olive oil where regular bacon is called for. (Also cheat & use frozen pearl onions instead of fresh ones - lol!!) It always turns out fabulous.

            "The Way To Cook" was Julia's bow to making many classic recipes quicker & healthier to make them more appetizing for current taste. Make no mistake - the recipes are still all Julia. This book is still in print & is definitely worth searching out at your bookstore (it comes in both hard & soft cover) or local library.

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            1. re: Breezychow

              The recipe is also in the recent: Julia's Kitchen Wisdom, a slim paperback published in 2009, in which she writes that lardons are optional.

              1. re: GH1618

                they are optional, but boy do they add a lot, imo.