Menu Plan for Winter I: Week 5, Day 2


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Coq au Vin
Mashed Cauliflower & Potato Medley

Cooking time:  60 minutes for menu       Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

     This makes enough Coq au Vin for 2 meals or would be perfect for a dinner party. Marinate the chicken earlier in the day or the night before.  

Coq au Vin

Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes plus marinating
     Chicken in red wine.  Traditionally this would use a rooster (rather than a hen) and cook for several hours (as the coq would tend to be a tough old bird - but full of flavor).  Without the skin the flavors get deeper into the meat and we eliminate a lot of the fat. Use a full-bodied Burgundy or Cote de Rhone (or equivalent) for this.  Not expensive, but drinkable. Do not use 'cooking wine'.  The secret to this dish is the cocoa - it gives an amazing richness and depth of flavor.

Coq au Vin Ingredients:


Mashed Cauliflower & Potato Medley

Total time: 30 minutes 
    The addition of puréed cauliflower to mashed potatoes adds a lovely flavor and sweetness.

 Mashed Cauliflower & Potato Medley Ingredients:


Note:  Can be put into an oven proof serving dish, covered with foil and kept warm in 200F (100C) oven for 15 minutes.

Cooking Schedule: 90 minutes plus 5 earlier
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
medium saucepan with lid, medium skillet, small bowl,
whisk, Dutch oven or heavy pot, large bowl, large
skillet with lid

Earlier in the day (or night before)
Chop carrot, onion, smash garlic
Skin chicken if needed
Marinate chicken and vegetables
90 minutes before dinner
Remove and drain chicken
Start to brown chicken
Add reserved marinade, veg, to chicken, cover, simmer
    45 minute break
Peel, cut potatoes
Cut cauliflower

Cook potatoes, cauliflower
Sauté bacon
Clean shallots
Remove bacon, add shallots, water, cover, cook
Clean, trim mushrooms
Uncover shallots, cook off liquid
Add mushrooms to shallots, sauté
   Pause while stuff cooks
Remove chicken, keep warm
Strain sauce, return to pan, heat
Dissolve cocoa in sauce, stir into pan, reduce
Dissolve cornstarch in water, thicken sauce
Return chicken to pan, add mushrooms, shallots
Cover and simmer over low heat
Drain potatoes, cauliflower, mash, adding butter, milk
Arrange chicken with shallots, mushroom, sauce
Put Mash in bowl, add dollop of butter

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