Happy Bastille Day France ! (Coq au Vin )

Let’s celebrate the day with a classic  ” Coq Au Vin “.
But first :

” Bastille Day is the name given in English-speaking countries to the French National Day, which is celebrated on the 14th of July each year. In France, it is formally called La Fête Nationale (The National Celebration) and commonly Le quatorze juillet (the fourteenth of July). It commemorates the 1790 Fête de la Fédération, held on the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789; the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille fortress-prison was seen as a symbol of the uprising of the modern nation, and of the reconciliation of all the French inside the constitutional monarchy which preceded the First Republic, during the French Revolution. Festivities and official ceremonies are held all over France. The oldest and largest regular military parade in Europe is held on the morning of 14 July, on the Champs-Élysées avenue in Paris in front of the President of the Republic, French officials and foreign guests.”
To help you celebrate at home (or just to have a great meal because it is saturday
or whatever day     🙂 ,
here is one of my old standby’s for a hearty meal.  And just because there is a lot
of wine in the marinade and sauce does not mean you should not make the meal
even better with another bottle of grat red wine.
                                                          Photo Credit: Hans D. Susser



Marinade :

Chicken 1200 gr , 8 cut, Bone in
Bay Leaves                                    5 ea
Thyme Sprig                                 2 ea
Rosemary Sprig                           1 ea
Cloves                                            5 ea
Mirepoix                                       1 lb
Garlic chopped                            5 Gloves
Burgundy Red                              1 ½ qt


Olive Oil                                       2 oz
Tomato Paste                              2 oz
Sweet  Paprika Powder             1 oz
AP Flour                                       3 oz
Salt & Black Pepper                   to Taste

For the Garnish :

Butter                                             1 oz
Bacon                                             3 oz
Button Mushrooms                     5 oz
Silver Onions, parboiled           3 oz
Parsley, chopped                         1 oz
Salt & Black Pepper                     to Taste
Heart shaped toasted bread wedges

Method :

In a stainless steel container combine the chicken and the marinade
ingredients for 24 hours.
Remove the chicken, pat dry and season liberally with salt and freshly
ground black pepper.
In a heavy cast iron pan, sauté the chicken in the olive oil until mahagony brown.
Remove the chicken, add flour and sauté until dark brown roux forms.
Return the chicken together with the stock, mirepoix , cloves, bay leaves, herbs and cover.
Place in a 300* oven until chicken is tender, approx. 30-40 minutes.
Remove chicken and strain the sauce in a saucepan. If necessary,
simmer and reduce the sauce until it reaches the desired consistency.


Render the bacon until crispy. Remove the bacon , add the butter, mushroom and onion and sauté for one minute. Add parsley, salt and pepper to taste.

To serve :

Place the chicken on a platter, cover with sauce , garnish with mushroom and onion and top with toast’s.

” Poor Man’s Cordon Bleu “

Poor man’s cordon bleu

Mock cordon bleu
Hans’ cheese burger

Whatever you want to name it, this is a great dish.
Of course, you can replace the cheese with any other cheese,
such as roquefort, brie, tilsit, cheddar.

Bon Appetit ! Life is Good !