|Julian's 40th Anniversary Edition Double Volume|
of Julia Child's most famous work.
|Julian's Coq au Vin from a Crock-Pot|
Julia made the recipe as part of her original series on Public Television (the full video of the program is free at the link and worth the watch), and as recently as in 1995 when she was on ABC's Good Morning America. Julia modified the recipe over time. The below version is the one she provided for her 1995 appearance, and I provide you with this as she apparently thought it was better than her original. Images from her original book version are below. I've made both and they render a similar result, but I do prefer fresh or canned tomatoes over the small amount of paste she used originally.
Julia's 1995 Recipe for Coq au Van
1/2 cup lardons
(4 ounces - 1 by 1/4-inch strips of blanched slab bacon or salt pork-see note)
2 1/2 to 3 pounds frying chicken parts
2 tbs. butter
1 tbs. olive oil (or good cooking oil)
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 or 2 large cloves of garlic, pureed
1 imported bay leaf
1/4 tsp or so thyme
1 large ripe red unpeeled tomato, chopped, (or 1/3 cup canned Italian plum tomatoes)
3 cups young red wine (Zinfandel, Macon or Chianti type)
1 cup chicken stock (or more)
Beurre manie, for the sauce (1 1/2 tbs. each flour softened butter blended to a paste)
Fresh parsley sprigs (or chopped parsley)
1/3 cup good brandy (optional)
12 to 16 small brown-braised white onions
3 cups fresh mushrooms, trimmed, quartered and sautéed
Browning and simmering the chicken. Before browning the chicken, sauté the blanched bacon or salt pork and remove to a side dish, leaving the fat in the pan. Brown the chicken in the pork fat, adding a little olive oil, if needed. Flame the chicken with the brandy, if you wish -- it does give its own special flavor, besides being fun to do. Then proceed to simmer the chicken in the wine, stock, tomatoes and seasoning as directed in the master recipe.
Finishing the dish. Strain, degrease, and finish the sauce, also as described. Strew the braised onions and sautéed mushrooms over the chicken, baste with the sauce, and simmer a few minutes, basting, to rewarm the chicken and to blend flavors.
Special note: To blanch bacon or salt pork: When you use bacon or salt pork in cooking, you want to remove its salt as well as its smoky flavor, which would permeate the rest of the food. To do so, you blanch it -- meaning, you drop it into a saucepan of cold water to cover it by 2 to 3 inches, bring it to the boil, and simmer 5 to 8 minutes; the drain, refresh in cold water, and pat dry in paper towels.
Julia's Original Recipe from the
40th Anniversary Reprint
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Julian's 2014 Coq au Vin
in a Crock-Pot
For my latest version of this dish, I finished it in a Crock-Pot (slow cooker). As she instructs in the original, I browned the cut-up bacon in a deep skillet. Then I removed the bacon and drained all but about 1 tablespoon of the fat. In the remaining bacon fat I browned the seasoned chicken. I skipped the Cognac and flaming, and moved the chicken into the slow cooker.
In the drippings that remained in the skillet, I sauteed a small chopped onion, carrot and celery stalk for about five minutes. I then added the garlic and crushed tomatoes and sauteed for another five minutes. I then added 3 cups of red wine and simmered for another five minutes. Finally I added the chicken stock, thyme, bay leaf and cooked bacon and then poured this mixture over the chicken in the crock-pot.
|In the Crock-Pot ready for Stewing|
|Julian's Coq au Vin ala Crock-Pot|
Ready to Serve