Cold winter fare

Weather this cold makes me crave things like beef stew, seafood pot pies, braised chicken and polenta or the coq au vin below.  My mom is joining us for dinner so I’m making orange pound cake for dessert.  It’s from The Barefoot Contesa Family Style.  It has orange zest and juice from the oranges and our kitchen smells so good right now.  Good way to stay cozy warm on a cold, cold night.

Coq au Vin

  • 1 TB olive oil
  • 4 oz pancetta, diced
  • chicken pieces – your choice
  • 4 carrots, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 2 TB brandy
  • 1/2 bottle of dry red wine (I used Cabernet since I had some open)
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • thyme sprigs
  • 2 TB butter
  • 1 TB flour
  • 8 oz cremini mushrooms, stemmed, cleaned and sliced
  • 8 pearl onions, peeled

Preheat oven to 275.  Place a Dutch oven on the stovetop and heat over medium heat.  Add olive oil and brown Pancetta (about 8 minutes).  Remove to a bowl.  Place chicken in pot and brown, turning so it cooks evenly – about 5 minutes.  Remove and add to bowl with bacon.  (If increasing portions, cook chicken in batches.)

Add carrots and sliced onion to pot.  Sprinkle with fresh pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are browned – about 8 minutes.  Add brandy and stir in.  Return bacon and chicken to pot and add wine, chicken stock and thyme.  Bring to a boil and then cover and palce in the oven for 30 minutes.

While chicken is in oven combine 1 TB butter with flour in a small bowl, stirring into a paste.  Saute mushrooms in remaining butter and then remove from heat.

Remove pot from the oven and return to stovetop over medium heat.  Add pearl onions, flour/butter paste and mushrooms and simmer for 10 minutes.  Serve with bread for sauce.


About emenuplan
I love to cook and love to eat. I work full time and have a family so managing good meals during the week requires organization. I'm hoping to share my weekly menu plans and recipes to make things a little easier for those who want to follow along.

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