To quote my husband, "this picture just doesn't do that dinner justice!" Friends, he is a wise, wise man, and once again, he is absolutely correct. This dinner was a little bit of heaven on a plate.
What is it? The French culinary classic Coq au Vin.
I've said it before, but I just love most everything French. This particular meal reminds me of a fantastic restaurant in downtown Orlando. It bears the same name as this meal, Le Coq au Vin. They serve up French cuisine right. I have wonderful memories there with my husband, my parents, and great friends from our time spent living in Orlando. I guess that might be what inspired me to prepare a French feast this past Saturday night.
I will get into more of the food from this weekend's feast, but le Coq au Vin was indeed the feast's headliner! If you know this meal at all, and if your inner Julia Child is trembling with intimidation, please relax. I'm here to offer you the simplest of solutions...
PLEASE don't look at that bottle and say, "store bought sauce." Stonewall Kitchen products are anything but. They are a fantastic company, and I've never had anything from there that wasn't amazing! I bought this sauce for $11.95 a bottle, which I realize may have just caused you to lose your breath for a moment, but look at it this way. To make this meal from scratch, you would have spent at least 10 bucks on a bottle of wine, so is $1.95 really that much for an end result of an AMAZING dinner?
It really does end up that easy. Brown your chicken, then simmer in sauce, and knock over your family with amazement at your culinary sass. I certainly wouldn't expect this to be dinner for a random weeknight. This is a show stopper. It's a dining event! I paired this with some mashed potatoes with herb d'provence seasoning and some roasted asparagus. We began the feast with french bread, brie, and strawberry jam. What we ended it with will come later this week in another post.
This meal was extraordinary! Even the little princesses LOVED it! The hubby told me repeatedly what a "really, really, really, really" good dinner it was. Now who doesn't love some culinary praise?
One jar of sauce is used for 4 lb. of chicken. Since it was just my family, I used half of the sauce with 2 lb. of chicken. Again another thing about it being in a jar, I just sealed it and put it away for another day...which will be coming soon...where we can sit back and enjoy this awesome meal again! I hope you enjoy!!
I promise, Stonewall Kitchen is not paying or asking me to do ANY of this, I just truly loved this meal and wanted to share it with you. I was able to find the Stonewall Kitchen Coq au Vin Simmering Sauce online, so I included it in this email. Do let me know if you make this. I KNOW you'll love it!