Sunday, January 10, 2010

White Wine Coq au Vin

I'm having an internal struggle with coq au vin.  Previously, I posted the Easiest, best-tasting Coq au Vin ever, made with red wine, with the thought that I would eventually try a white wine coq au vin. Due to my love of red wine, I was fairly certain that I would prefer the red wine version.  Now, I just can't decide.  I've come to the resolution that it is okay to love both!  Different from the deep mushroom flavor of the red wine coq au vin, this white wine version got it's flavor boost from a few star spices, namely Herbs de Provence and fresh tarragon.  Also, instead of the mushroom, carrot, and Canadian bacon combination, it was lightened up with celery, carrots, and onions (and a little bit of bacon).

Before going onto the recipe, I want to share with you my love of Herbs de Provence.   It is a mixture traditionally made with thyme, savory, fennel, basil, and lavender that was invented in the 1970's.  There are recipes out there to make it yourself, but I've never ventured down that path.  Even though the predominant spice in the mixture is normally thyme, it is the subtle lavender flavor that leaves me wanting more.  I love this spice medley so much that my favorite way to enjoy it is simply stirred into cottage cheese. I encourage you to try this - it is wonderful!  Speaking of wonderful, this White Wine Coq au Vin  from Sunset Magazine is just that.  It is hearty, but light at the same time.  After cooking up a few slices of bacon, the flour and Herbs de Provence dusted chicken pieces are browned in the bacon fat.  The vegetables cook again in the same pan and then all is added back, along with the white wine and chicken broth as the liquid.  Once everything has simmered together, freshly chopped parsley and tarragon are the final touch.  I took their suggestion and served it with french bread slices which I would say is a must to sop up the flavorful sauce.  If you try both versions - red and white - please let me know which you like better!



10 comments:

  1. I forgot to tell you. I tried that easy coq au vin recipe two or three times. And every time I used white wine. Not sure why, because I prefer red too. The first time I used the chicken I had on hand, which was thighs with skin and bones. Not a wise choice for the stove top. It took forever to cook. Then the next couple times, I used the right chicken, and bacon, not canadian, but then I didn't really like it that much anymore. Maybe a different white wine coq au vin recipe might work better, like the Sunset Mag. one. I remember thinking that the next time I make it, I will go back to red wine.

    I want to thank you for posting your recipes, because sometimes I need ideas to get out of a dinner rut. I made your lamb ragu pasta too once. Very good.

    Lisa

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  2. I'm so glad you are enjoying the recipes! For the wines in the coq au vin, it is probably best to pair them with the right vegetables, like mushrooms with red wine, etc. I want to make that lamb ragu again - it was good!

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  3. OMG. You are killing me. Didn't I just tell you I hadn't eaten dinner?

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  4. Ha! Seriously, you need to try this recipe - it was awesome and EASY! Enjoy!

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  5. I made traditional coq au vin the other night (but left out the bacon) and for all the advance prep it wasn't all that spectacular (maybe because I left out the bacon). I'll try it with white wine and see what I think.

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  6. I really liked the white wine and the combination of the vegetables since it wasn't the mushroom based, but instead the celery, carrots and herbs. It was totally filling but lighter at the same time.

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