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Coq Au Vin

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Ingredients
  Extra light olive oil 1 1⁄2 Teaspoon (With A Dash Of Sesame Oil)
  Sesame oil 1 Dash
  Cornish game hens 4 Medium, necks removed
  Yellow onions 4 Small, peeled and beards trimmed as close to the end of the onion as possible
  Ham hock stock 472 Milliliter (2 Cups, Plus Meat From Cooked Ham Hock)
  Meat 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Dealcoholized red wine 472 Milliliter (2 Cups)
  New red potatoes 8 Ounce (227 Gram, Whole)
  Turnips 8 Ounce, peeled (227 Gram)
  Fresh mushrooms 8 Medium
  Arrowroot 45 Milliliter, mixed with 6 tablespoons / 90 milliliter de-alcoholized red wine (3 Tablespoons)
  Dealcoholized red wine 90 Milliliter, mixed with arrowroot (6 Tablespoons)
  Fresh parsley 1 Tablespoon, chopped (As Required. For Garnish)
  Salt 1⁄4 Teaspoon, freshly ground (For Garnish)
  Freshly ground black pepper 1⁄4 Teaspoon (For Garnish)
Directions

MAKING
1) In a small skillet, over medium heat, heat 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) of oil and brown hens in it for about 5 minutes, breast side down, 1 or 2 at a time (whatever fits in your skillet).
2) Take off the hens from the skillet and keep aside.
3) Into a large Dutch oven, over medium-high heat, pour the remaining teaspoon (5 ml) of the oil and sauté onions in it for about 5 minutes to release the volatile oils.
4) Remove them from the Dutch oven and keep aside.
5) Mix in browned hens, stock, ham, wine, potatoes, turnips, onions and mushrooms, cover and cook the mixture for about 45 minutes over medium heat until tender.
6) Transfer the cooked vegetables and ham into a bowl using a slotted spoon.
7) Arrange the hens on a plate.
8) Into a fat-strainer jug, strain the cooking liquid so that it makes up 6 cups (1.4 1).
9) Rinse the Dutch oven and place it back to heat.
10) Add in cooking liquid, (but not the fat) and allow it to come to a boil.
11) Simmer the mixture for about 15 minutes so that it gets reduced by half to 3 cups (708 ml).
12) In the meantime, get a bowl of ice water ready to keep your fingers cool while removing the skin and unsightly bones from the legs, wings and breast meat from the hens.
13) For this, place the hens on a flat surface and break off the thighs.
14) Then skin them, dipping your fingers in the water when they feel too warm.
15) Clip the ends of the legs using a pair of poultry scissors.
16) Run a fine-bladed knife on either side of the breast bone when the breasts are cool enough to handle.
17) Cut the wing from the wishbone.
18) Peel back the 2 plump breasts from the rib cage and detach them from the wing end using your thumb. Two perfectly formed pieces of breast would be the result.

FINALIZING
19) From the heat, remove the reduced cooking liquid and mix in arrowroot slurry.
20) Place it back to heat and stir until thickened.
21) Mix prepared hen pieces and the vegetables and ham with the sauce and stir cook gently until heated through.

SERVING
22) Onto dinner plates, spoon the Coq au Vin, coating with additional sauce.
23) Sprinkle with parsley, salt and pepper and serve hot at once.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
French
Course: 
Main Dish
Method: 
Stewed
Ingredient: 
Chicken
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
70 Minutes
Ready In: 
85 Minutes
Servings: 
4

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