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Alsace Chicken in Riesling

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Margi Cintrano View Drop Down
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    Posted: 13 October 2012 at 14:19
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Rosemary Herb sprinkled on top of Alsace Riesling
Coq au Vin is a French dish prepared with red wine, and perhaps one of the best known dishes in France, however, in Alsace, dry Riesling provides the gentle richness to a very similar dish simply called Alsace Chicken in Riesling.
This dish was given to me by a former colleague named Ruth Cousineau.
3 1/2 pounds of chicken cut into 8 pieces with discarded back bone
1 tblsp. Evoo
3 tblsps. butter divided at room temperature
4 large leeks finely diced - pale green and white parts only
2 tblsps. finely minced shallot 
4 medium sized carrots halved diagonally
1 cup dry white Riesling from Alsace if possible or similar Riesling
1 1/2 pounds of small red potatoes
2 tblsps. finely chopped parsley fresh
1/2 cup crème fraîche or cream
Fresh squeezed lemon juice from 1 lemon
salt and freshly ground black peppercorns
1) preheat oven to 350 degrees with rack in middle section
2) rinse chicken thoroughly and pat dry with paper towelling
3) sprinkle salt with 1 tsp. salt and a rounded 3/4 tsp. of freshly ground pepper
4) heat Evoo and 1 tblsp. butter together in 5 quart heavy Dutch Oven, and brown the chicken in 2 batches and transfer to a plate and tent once golden brown on each side
5) wash leeks and pat dry
6) pour off the fat from the 5 qt. Dutch Oven
7) sauté the leeks, the shallot, 1/4 tsp salt, in remaining 2 tblsps of butter and cover with the lid - 5 to 6 mins.
7) Stir occasionally
8) add the chicken now, and place skin side up; with any juices from the platter and carrots, and the wine, and boil until liquids are reduced by half - 3 to 4 mins.
9) cover the Dutch Oven, braise on simmer flame, for 25 mins.
10) While the chicken braises, peel potatoes and generously cover in cold water in a 2 or 3 quart sauce pan and sprinkle with 1 1/2 tsps. salt and simmer 15 mins.
11)  drain the potatoes in a colander and return to saucepan and add the fresh chopped parsley and black pepper
12) stir the cream into the chicken mixture and season with salt and pepper and the lemon juice and let combine, add the lemon juice and toss well gradually not to break the chicken or potatoes
Volamos a Mediterraneo, un paraiso que conquista su gente u su cocina.
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