Easy homemade Coq au Vin

Coq au vin is a traditional French dish but it is not that easy to find it in restaurants. Ever since I have tasted a delicious and sophisticated coq au vin at Alain Ducasse’s bistrot, Benoit, I have wanted to try it at home. Thanks to my Dayre pal Cowgal, here is the step-by-step recipe I attempted. I am very happy with the results, and the cognac adds a lot of fragrance to the carrots.

Despite my obvious enthusiasm and my previous efforts at the Agneau à la cuillère, the Bar en croûte de sel, the Poulet basquaise, the Pot au Feu, the Boeuf bourguignon and the Ratatouille,  I still feel obliged to remind you that I am not a seasoned (or qualified) chef… Yet! So the recipes I am showing you are candid demonstrations from a girl with no culinary school background and limited tools. These recipes are not Fondamentally’s, they are traditional, home cooked cuisine!  That said, when I cook these recipes, they meet with the approval of the people I care about – or perhaps they care about me enough to say so.

 

Coq au vin - Fondamentally 君悦

Coq au vin – Fondamentally 君悦

Ingredients for 4-6 people :

  • 1 rooster
  • 5-7 carrots (actually the more the yummier)
  • 250 g of mushrooms
  • 2 slices of bacon
  • 2 onions
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • some parsley
  • some potatoes
  • bouquet garni
  • 1 bottle of cheap red wine
  • 15 cl of cognac
  • 2 tbs of flour
  • Salt and pepper to taste

At least 8 hours before you start cooking, marinate the rooster with the sliced carrots, onions, some pepper, the red wine and the bouquet garni. Store in the fridge.

Coq au vin - Fondamentally 君悦

Coq au vin – Fondamentally 君悦

 

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Coq au vin – Fondamentally 君悦

Brown the rooster first in some oil or butter.

Coq au vin - Fondamentally 君悦

Coq au vin – Fondamentally 君悦

Then remove the rooster, and instead fry the onions and the carrots.

Coq au vin - Fondamentally 君悦

Coq au vin – Fondamentally 君悦

Add the meat and the garlic to the vegetables and pour in the flour. Mix.

Coq au vin - Fondamentally 君悦

Coq au vin – Fondamentally 君悦

My favorite part of the recipe is missing because it is very difficult to take the picture. Heat the cognac in a small pan and once it is fuming, pour it on the meat and the vegetable. Than light a match and flambé the food.

Coq au vin - Fondamentally 君悦

Coq au vin – Fondamentally 君悦

Once the fire is gone, pour in the red wine from the marinate. Pepper and salt to taste. Cover the cocotte and cook on a low fire for 2:20 hours.

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Coq au vin – Fondamentally 君悦

Meanwhile, steam or boil the potatoes. I like to steam then heat it with some bacon. Sprinkle with parsley.

 

Coq au vin - Fondamentally 君悦

Coq au vin – Fondamentally 君悦

2:20 hours later, slice the mushrooms and brown them with the bacon. Then add the mushrooms and the bacon in the cocotte for 15 minutes.

It’s done!

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