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Bastille Day & Coq Au Vin

July 14, 2011

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The French national holiday, Bastille Day, commemorates the storming of the prison & symbol of Louis the 16th’s absolute, arbitrary power, which took place on July 14, 1789. This marked the beginning of the French Revolution.
Although the prison held only 7 prisoners at the time, the capture symbolized an end to the king’s power & oppression. Liberty, Equality, Fraternity became the watch words for this new nation.

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Coq Au Vin

…the easy way…

Ingredients:

  • 4 Bacon Slices, coarsely chopped
  • 4 skinless boneless Chicken Breast halves
  • 3 Tablespoons chopped fresh Italian Parsley, divided
  • 8 ounces large Baby Bella Mushrooms, halved
  • 8 large Shallots, peeled, halved through root end
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, pressed
  • 1 1/2 cups Dry Red Wine
  • 1 1/2 cups Chicken Broth, divided
  • 4 teaspoons All-purpose Flour

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F.
  2. Sauté bacon in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until crisp; Using slotted spoon, transfer to bowl.
  3. Sprinkle chicken with salt, pepper, & 1 tablespoon parsley.
  4. Add chicken to skillet; Sauté 6 minutes per side; Transfer to casserole dish & place in oven to keep warm.
  5. Add mushrooms & shallots to skillet; Sprinkle lightly with salt & pepper.
  6. Sauté until brown, about 4 minutes; Add garlic; toss 10 seconds.
  7. Add wine, 1 1/4 cups broth, bacon, & 1 tablespoon parsley.
  8. Bring to boil for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  9. Place flour in small cup; Add 1/4 cup broth, stirring until smooth.
  10. Add flour mixture to sauce.
  11. Cook until sauce thickens, 3 to 4 minutes.
  12. Season sauce to taste with salt & pepper.
  13. Arrange chicken on platter; Stir juices from casserole dish into sauce & spoon over chicken.
  14. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon parsley.
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