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Coq au Vin at Harvest East End Wine Auction, Wolffer Estates: Presented by Wine Spectator Magazine

September 23rd, 2010 · No Comments · Dinner, Fall Recipes, Wine, Winter Recipes

Look for us this Saturday at the Grand Tasting at Table 26 on the grounds of Wolffer Estate in Bridgehampton.  The event is almost sold out and for those of you who were turned away from the Long Island Wine Festival, you won’t want to be shut out of this.  The Greenporter Hotel has a few guestrooms left for this weekend so you can still book a room! www.thegreenporter.com or call 631-477-0066.

Cuvee Bistro & Bar is serving some hearty fare for those of you who might not be able to sustain all the wine tasting on a grape tomato and some leafy greens!  We are embracing the harvest and have launched right into harvest fare with our signature “loc” au vin — a coq au vin made with local poultry from Miloski’s Farm in Calverton, organic carrots from Satur Farms and locally-foraged mushrooms braised in Bedell Cellars First Crush Red wine.  We are serving this on a bed of mashed “Route 48 roadside” potatoes finished with white truffle oil and garnished with micro celery from KOPPERT CRESS micro-vegetables, www.koppertcress.com. We will be serving this dish at Cuvee Bistro & Bar on Saturday night so if you miss the festival, you can still savor this harvest dish along with all the wines.

And if you are planning your own harvest theme party, this is a perfect dish for a dinner party and guests can serve themselves.

“Loc” au Vin recipe adapted from Julia Child’s The Art of French Cooking, Coq au vin

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lb bacon slices
  • 1 large yellow onion, sliced
  • 3 lbs local chicken or capone thighs and legs along with sectioned breast meat, excess fat trimmed, skin ON
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups home chicken stock (organic boxed ok)
  • 2 cups Bedell Cellars First Crush red wine
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Several fresh thyme sprigs
  • Several fresh parsley sprigs
  • 1/2 lb shitake mushrooms, trimmed and roughly chopped, 1/2 cup of other local hearty mushroom like “chicken of the woods”
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish

Method

1. Blanch the bacon to remove some of its saltiness. Drop the bacon into a saucepan of cold water, covered by a couple of inches. Bring to a boil, simmer for 5 minutes, drain. Rinse in cold water, pat dry with paper towels. Cut the bacon into 1 inch by 1/4 inch pieces.

2. Brown bacon on medium high heat in a dutch oven big enough to hold the chicken, about 10 minutes. Remove the cooked bacon, set aside. Keep the bacon fat in the pan. Don’t crowd your pan or the chicken will never brown so work in batches as necessary.  Add onions and chicken, skin side down. Brown the chicken well, on all sides, about 10 minutes. Halfway through the browning, add the garlic and sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper. (Note: it is best to add salt while cooking, not just at the very end. It brings out the flavor of the chicken.) Turn off flame and allow to cool.

3.  Proceed with chopping your vegetables:  carrots, celery, mushrooms, onions and sautee in olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt to taste.  Set aside.  You do not want to cook your vegetables the same amount of time as the chicken or they will loose their flavor, texture and vibrant color.    You will add this sautee back to the chicken later in the recipe.

4. Once chicken has cooled a bit, spoon off any excess fat and turn flame back on to medium high. Add the chicken stock, wine, and herbs. Add back the bacon. Lower heat to a simmer. Cover and cook for 30 minutes, or until chicken is tender and cooked through. Remove chicken and vegetables to a separate platter. Remove the bay leaves, herb sprigs, garlic, and discard.

5. Add sauteed vegetables to the remaining liquid and turn the heat to high. Boil quickly and reduce the liquid by three fourths until it becomes thick and saucy. Lower the heat, stir in the butter. Return the chicken and onions to the pan to reheat and coat with sauce. Adjust seasoning. Garnish with local micro greens and serve.

coq-au-vin

Serves 6. Serve with mashed potatoes and if you’re out east, pick up a bag of the Route 48 roadside pototoes.

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