Monday evening quick-fix: coq au riesling

28/01/2008

The Domestic Goddess strikes again, conquering my heart and innards with an express coq au Riesling. This white wine is historically from Germany, but is also grown in the Alsace region in France (where this dish takes its inspiration from: coq au vin). I'll be honest with you: Riesling ranks somewhere up there with Zinfandel in the list of wines to beeline with a vengeance.

As I remember it, because the wine has since clouded my mind.

Take some garlic infused oil (make ahead, bung chopped garlic in some good olive oil) and heat in a flat but large pan.
Toss in some 70 g of lardons (bacon strips in plain English).
Fry until crispy.
In the meantime chop a leek finely.
Toss in with the bacon once fried to a crisp, until soft.
Find yourself a kind butcher who will debone and skin 6/7 chicken thighs for you.
Cut these thighs in 3 and toss in.
Add 1 large bay leaf.
Rip up 150 g of oyster mushrooms.
Pour in half a bottle of Riesling. Drink the rest while waiting for your meal to be ready.
Season to taste with freshly ground pepper and a pinch of good Maldon salt.
Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat.
Cover and let simmer for approx. 30/40 mins until the chicken is succulent and tender.
Eat the next day. Reheat and add some double cream, if you've got this artery clogging delicacy (from Jersey cows of course) hanging around your fridge.

If you're like me, and you didn't think of an alternative for dinner, have it the same evening. Top off with some nidi (yellow tagliatelle tossed in butter just before serving).

Pass out on sofa and leave SO to take care of the dishes.

Thank you, Nigella!

7 messages:

callmesig said...

Mmmmm, sounds delicious! I had (homemade) smoked mackerel pate on toasted slices of a French baguette plus a side salad I threw together which included a few faves like pickled beetroot and good quality pickled onions. Mmmmmm! Food, glorious food! I am gagging for wine so may have some shortly (esp as last night was a 'night off').

Lula de Montes said...

Pass on the recipe please, since I've been dying to do something with the smoked mackerels that I've seen at the fishmonger's... And by the way, I adore beetroot. Garlic, thyme, wrapped in tin foil with some olive oil in the oven...
Enjoy the wine!

callmesig said...

I forgot to mention it's also Nigella Express!!! Only substitute the smoked trout for the (much cheaper and more readily available) smoked mackerel!

PS I laid off the wine in the end.

Lula de Montes said...

@ Sieg: so I read. I admire your bravery. Thanks for the recipe reminder. I'd seen it, but I couldn't figure where I was going to find the trout.
Have you ever tried Arbroath smokies by the way? Are they good?

callmesig said...

I've heard the name but haven't unfortunately tried those yet.

A colleague bought some delish pate at Borough Market (which you've probably heard of, it's one of the most famous food emporiums here). I still haven't been there, in all these years!! Plan to soon though.

Lula de Montes said...

Every time you post a message like that, I just say to myself: why aren't we living in London? You are so fortunate!

Fresco said...

That’s the fun of cooking Express for someone: it only takes a few lazy seconds, you get many compliments and you can leave the time consuming task and the hard work of doing the dishes up to someone else.

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