French cuisine is amazing and diverse, ranging from unusually elegant sandwiches to simple soups and ending with delicious desserts. This is a great topic for conversation over lunch during National Coq Au Vin Day. Celebrated on May 29th, this holiday is unthinkable without its main dish: chicken cooked in wine with sauce. It is a culinary extravaganza.
This dish comes from a French peasant village. In centuries past, chicken was cooked in a pot with bacon. Sauce was mixed with crushed garlic, and mushrooms. Wine was an essential element. The French got the recipe from soldiers of the Roman Empire. In 1864, the dish’s recipe appeared in British cookbooks. In the USA, the dish came through writer Julia Child, who published a method of cooking this roast in a cookbook published in 1961.
Coq Au Vin translates as rooster in wine. In fact, it is a roast chicken.
- This dish goes perfectly with French red/white wines from the vineyards of Burgundy.
- It is served with crispy wheat bread croutons. Side dishes include potatoes, rice, and noodles.
- Preparing it is easy – you might already have the ingredients in your fridge. Experimentation is allowed, just remember the chicken and wine!
- Sauces for this dish include those with egg yolk and butter, tomatoes, and chicken or beef broth.
Do you feel a bout of culinary inspiration? Get into it, and present a refined masterpiece on this holiday that will amaze with its interesting flavor combination!
When is National Coq Au Vin Day celebrated in 2024?
National Coq Au Vin Day is observed on May 29 each year.