Coq au Vin with Pap ‘’Dauphinoise’’

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Chicken in red wine casserole with maize meal baked with Parmesan, fresh herbs, garlic and cream.
Being able to cook a Coq au Vin is the ultimate sign of an expert cook. And now we’re sharing our little secret on how to make this classic French dish even better…. Serve it with Pap “Dauphinoise”. Dauphinoise is a traditional French potato dish, but we’ve added our own twist to get that extra wow-factor.

Serves: 4-6

200 g streaky bacon, diced
1 tbsp (15 ml) butter
1 tbsp (15 ml) vegetable oil
5 chicken thighs
5 chicken drumsticks
16 whole baby onions, peeled
¼ c (60 ml) Old Brown Sherry or brandy
3 tbsp (45 ml) cake flour
2 c (500 ml) full-bodied red wine
½ c (125 ml) prepared chicken stock
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tbsp (15 ml) tomato paste
4 sprigs fresh thyme or 1 tsp (5 ml) dried
2 sprigs fresh rosemary or 1 tsp (5 ml) dried
4 fresh or dry bay leaves
To serve:
250 g brown mushrooms, thickly sliced
a knob of butter
handful of fresh parsley, chopped

Heat the butter and oil in a large pot. Brown the chicken pieces until golden. Season with salt and pepper and set aside. Remove excess oil from pot, but leave enough to fry the bacon and onions.

Sauté the bacon and baby onions until onions begin to brown. Add the sherry and allow to reduce for a minute. Stir in the flour and cook over low heat for another minute.

Add the remaining ingredients except for the mushrooms and parsley. Bring to the boil, add the chicken back to the pot, cover and simmer over low heat for +- 45 minutes. Season to taste.

Meanwhile, fry the mushrooms with a little butter in a large pan until browned. Season to taste.

Add the fried mushrooms (and its cooking juices) into the pot when the chicken is cooked and ready. Sprinkle with parsley.
Serve with Pap ‘’Dauphinoise’’.

Pap ‘’Dauphinoise’’

Serves: 6

4 c (1 L) chicken stock
2 c (500 ml) FEAST Super Maize Meal
2 tbsp (30 ml) butter
2 c (500 ml) grated Parmesan or mature Cheddar cheese
6 sprigs of thyme, chopped
2 sprigs rosemary, chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 c (250 ml) cream
freshly ground salt and pepper

Heat the chicken stock until boiling. Add the FEAST Super Maize Meal and stir vigorously until smooth. Cover and cook over low heat for 8 minutes. Stir in the butter and half of the cheese.
Spread evenly into a medium baking dish. Prick holes into the firm pap using a fork.
Mix the herbs, garlic, cream and remaining Parmesan together. Season well with salt and pepper.
Pour over the pap. Allow to stand for 10 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 180°C.
Bake for 35 – 40 minutes or until golden.
Cut into portions and serve with Coq au Vin.

A delicious side dish for braaivleis too.