May 29, 2013

National Coq Au Vin Day

"We never repent of having eaten too little." - Thomas Jefferson

It's National Coq Au Vin Day!

For those of you keeping track, this is the second National Coq Au Vin Day in roughly two months (the first was on March 22nd). Could this be because someone created the day without doing a little research beforehand, and thus never realized we already were celebrating it? Or did some confused blogger accidentally put down the wrong date and before they could catch their mistake other food bloggers began spreading the word (this happens frequently, by the way)?

Or is it because we just really, really love this dish?

If you remember, coq au vin is French for "rooster with wine." Today, it's typically made with a whole chicken braised in red wine, served with bacon, mushrooms, onions, herbs, and seasonings. Similar recipes include "poulet au vin blanc" (chicken with white wine), and "coq au violet" (purple rooster) which is made with pan-fried or sauteed chicken pieces (like the breast or thighs). Julia Child is known for having popularized coq au vin rustic dish in both her book Mastering the Art of French Cooking and her PBS show The French Chef.

Since I've already made this once this year (and it came out awesome - then again, most recipes that call for wine, in my opinion, can never be anything less than awesome!), I thought I'd attempt to make a sandwich out of the dish. Homemade biscuits, a couple chick'n patties, fried tempeh bacon strips (not pictured), sauteed mushrooms, and a red wine reduction? Yes. Please!

Happy National Coq Au Vin Day!