Julia Child’s Coq au Vin

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Julia Child’s Coq au Vin 

All hail Julia! This tasted AMAZING. The only thing I would do differently is brown the chicken a bit more and use a better red wine. The chicken came out looking a bit purple..but delicious!

Ingredients
3 to 4-ounce chunk lean bacon
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 1/2 to 3 pounds frying chicken, cut into pieces
1/2 teaspoon salt, plus additional for seasoning
1/8 teaspoon pepper, plus additional for seasoning
1/4 cup cognac ( I used brandy)
3 cups young, full-bodied red wine, such as Burgundy, Beaujolais, Cotes du Rhone, or Chianti
1 to 2 cups brown chicken stock, brown stock or canned beef bouillon
1/2 tablespoon tomato paste
2 cloves mashed garlic
1/4 teaspoon thyme leaves
1 bay leaf
12 to 24 Brown-Braised Onions, recipe follows
1/2 pound Sauteed Mushrooms, recipe follows
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons softened butter
Fresh parsley leaves
Brown-Braised Onions:
1 1/2 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 tablespoons oil
18 to 24 peeled white onions, about 1-inch in diameter (I used frozen pearl onions)
1/2 cup brown stock, canned beef bouillon, dry white wine, red wine, or water
Salt and pepper
Medium herb bouquet: 4 parsley sprigs, 1/2 bay leaf and 1/4 teaspoon thyme tied in cheesecloth
Sauteed Mushrooms:
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon oil
1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, washed, well dried, left whole if small, sliced or quartered if large
1 to 2 tablespoons minced shallots or green onions, optional
Salt and pepper

Directions
Remove the rind and cut the bacon into lardons (rectangles 1/4-inch across and 1-inch long). Simmer for 10 minutes in 2 quarts of water. Rinse in cold water. Dry. THIS IS IMPORTANT. REMOVES THE SMOKEY TASTE FROM BACON

In a heavy large heavy bottomed casserole or Dutch oven, saute the bacon slowly in hot butter until it is very lightly browned (temperature of 260 degrees F for an electric skillet). Remove to a side dish.

Dry the chicken thoroughly. Brown it in the hot fat in the casserole. (360 degrees F for the electric skillet.)

Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Return the bacon to the casserole with the chicken. Cover and cook slowly (300 degrees F) for 10 minutes, turning the chicken once.

Uncover, and pour in the cognac. Averting your face, ignite the cognac with a lighted match. Shake the casserole back and forth for several seconds until the flames subside.

Pour the wine into the casserole. Add just enough stock or bouillon to cover the chicken. Stir in the tomato paste, garlic and herbs. Bring to a simmer. Cover and simmer slowly for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the chicken is tender and its juices run a clear yellow when the meat is pricked with a fork. Remove the chicken to a side dish.

While the chicken is cooking, prepare the onions and mushrooms.

Simmer the chicken cooking liquid in the casserole for 1 to 2 minutes, skimming off fat. Then raise the heat and boil rapidly, reducing the liquid to about 2 1/4 cups. Correct seasoning. Remove from heat, and discard bay leaf.

Blend the butter and flour together into a smooth paste (beurre manie). Beat the paste into the hot liquid with a wire whip. Bring to the simmer, stirring and simmer for 1 to 2 minutes. The sauce should be thick enough to coat a spoon lightly.

Arrange the chicken in a casserole, place the mushrooms and onions around it and baste with the sauce. If the dish is not to be served immediately, film the top of the sauce with stock or dot with small pieces of butter. Set aside uncovered for no longer than 1 hour or cool, cover and refrigerate until needed.

Shortly before serving, bring the casserole to a simmer, basting the chicken with the sauce. Cover and simmer slowly for 4 to 5 minutes, until the chicken is heated through.

Serve from the casserole, or arrange on a hot platter. Decorate with sprigs of parsley.

Brown-Braised Onions:
When the butter and oil are bubbling in the skillet, add the onions and saute over moderate heat for 10 minutes, rolling the onions about so they will brown as evenly as possible. Be careful not to break their skins. You cannot expect to brown them uniformly.

Braise them as follows: Pour in the stock, season to taste, and add the herb bouquet. Cover and simmer slowly for 15 to 20 minutes until the onions are perfectly tender but retain their shape, and the liquid has evaporated. Remove herb bouquet. Serve them as they are.

Bake them as follows: Transfer the onions and their sauteing fat to a shallow baking dish or casserole just large enough to hold them in 1 layer. Set uncovered in upper third of a preheated 350 degree F oven for 40 to 50 minutes, turning them over once or twice. They should be very tender, retain their shape and be a nice golden brown. Remove herb bouquet. Serve them as they are.

Sauteed Mushrooms:
Place the skillet over high heat with the butter and oil. As soon as you see that the butter foam has begun to subside, indicating it is hot enough, add the mushrooms. Toss and shake the pan for 4 to 5 minutes. During their saute the mushrooms will at first absorb the fat. In 2 to 3 minutes the fat will reappear on their surface, and the mushrooms will begin to brown. As soon as they have browned lightly, remove from heat.

Toss the shallots or green onions, if using, with the mushrooms. Saute over moderate heat for 2 minutes. Sauteed mushrooms may be cooked in advance, set aside, then reheated when needed. Season to taste just before serving.

We placed the chicken atop mashed potatoes and served with green beans.

Inspired by: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/chicken-in-red-wine-with-onions-mushrooms-and-bacon-coq-au-vin-recipe.html?oc=linkback

 

Crock-Pot Spaghetti Sauce and Meatballs with Low Carb Pasta and Whole Wheat Garlic Bread

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Crock-Pot Spaghetti Sauce and Meatballs with Low Carb Pasta

Ingredients:

1 pound ground beef
1 jar of spaghetti sauce (we used Classico something or other)
Dreamfields low carb spaghetti
1 cup beef stock
1/2 cup red wine
1/2 an onion (chopped)
3 cloves garlic
1 egg
2 Tbsps extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup garlic and herb bread crumbs
Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
salt and pepper

Directions:

Saute the onions and garlic in olive oil. Deglaze them with the wine and pour that into a slow cooker along with the spaghetti sauce, beef stock, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Set on low for 8 to 10 hours. Put the ground beef in a bowl along with the egg, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, and Italian seasoning blend. Mix that together and form them into balls. Place them under a broiler for 10 minutes, then add them to the Crock Pot. Let that slowly simmer for however many hours you can stand it before needing it in your face. Place over boiled spaghetti noodles that have been drizzled in olive oil and sprinkled with garlic salt.

Commentary: We actually did this with the leftover sauce from the grits and grillades we made for breakfast.

Inspired by: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/rachael-ray/sunday-gravy-and-macaroni-spaghetti-really-recipe/index.html

Whole Wheat Garlic Bread

Ingredients:

1 fresh loaf of whole wheat french bread
Butter or margarine
Mayo
Parmesan cheese
Garlic salt

Directions:

Slice your loaf into about 1-inch thick slices, but not all the way through, just mostly all the way to the bottom of the bread. Spread butter on all the sides facing one way, and mayo on all the sides facing the other way. Then sprinkle Parmesan cheese and garlic salt in each gap. Wrap loaf in foil and place in 350 degree oven for 20 minutes.

Commentary: This way of making garlic bread is a long cherished family recipe. If you think the mayo part is crazy. Just try it once and you’ll probably never not include mayo ever again.

Homemade Terranova Cannelloni

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Homemade Terranova Cannelloni

Ingredients
  • 1 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup celery, diced
  • 1/3 cup carrot, diced
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  •  2 lbs of Terranova Italian sausage
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 1/4 cups beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoon flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup Parmesean cheese, freshly ground
  • Box of Dried Cannelonni tubes
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 (16-ounce) jar high quality marinara sauce
  • 1/2 pound Fontina cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 5 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup Parmesean cheese, grated
Directions
  1. Heat the olive oil in a deep skillet. Add onion, celery, and carrot, and cook over moderate heat until softened.
  2. Add the garlic, and cook 1 minute. Add sausage (removed from casing). Cook, stirring occasionally, until meat is no longer pink. Drain excess liquid and grease thoroughly.
  3. Add wine, and reduce for 1 minute. Stir in broth. Add herbs, bay leaf, and salt and pepper.
  4. Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes. Uncover, and reduce until almost dry. Discard bay leaf. Set aside to cool.
  5. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a saucepan set over moderately low heat. Whisk in flour for approximately 2 minutes. Whisk in milk, grated nutmeg, and salt and pepper.
  6. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until thickened. Stir in parsley and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese.
  7. Transfer the cooled meat mixture to a large bowl. Mix in egg yolks. Mix in the cheese and parsley sauce. Set aside to cool.
  8. In a medium size bowl, combine flour and salt. Make a well in the flour, add the slightly beaten egg, and mix. Mixture should form a stiff dough. If needed, stir in 1 to 2 tablespoons water.
  9. On a lightly floured surface, knead dough for about 3 to 4 minutes. With a pasta machine or by hand roll dough out to desired thickness (recommend the #5 thickness setting on hand-crank pasta machine). Use machine or knife to cut into 4- x 5-inch strips.
  10. In a pot of boiling salted water, cook the noodles a few at a time until al dente. This should take only a minute or two with fresh pasta. Transfer to a bowl of cold water. Spread the noodles in one layer on paper towels to drain.
  11. Place 1/3 of the cooled meat and parsley sauce mix into a blender or food processor. Pulse or blend until a smooth texture is achieved, about 2 minutes. Repeat with remaining mixture until all filling ingredients are processed.
  12. Prepare Fontina Cheese Sauce by placing Fontina, cream, butter and Parmesan in a double boiler or a bowl in a saucepan of simmering water. Heat, stirring occasionally, until the cheeses have melted and the sauce is smooth and hot.
  13. Cover bottom of 9 x 13-inch baking dish with 1/4 inch of marinara sauce. Spoon 1/4 cup of the filling down the center of one noodle, and roll the noodle to enclose the filing. Transfer the cannelloni, seam side down, to 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Repeat with the remaining noodles and filling, arranging in single layer.
  14. Ladle the remaining marinara sauce on one side of the cannelloni, leaving the other 1/2 of each tube without sauce. Spread the Fontina cheese sauce on the other 1/2 of the cannelloni and sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan cheese.
  15. Bake at 400 degrees F for 10 minutes, or until bubbling. Run under the broiler about 4 inches from the heat for 2 minutes, or until golden.

Inspired by http://www.recipelion.com/Restaurant-Recipes/Olive-Garden-style-Cannelloni-al-Forno#EAohq5F3dSQZkov0.99