Recipe: Coq Au Vin

Blackpool Citizen: AS SEEN ON TV Simon Hopkinson AS SEEN ON TV Simon Hopkinson

LANCASHIRE born chef Simon Hopkinson will be sharing his culinary talents with the nation from next week.

The Bury-born food writer and restaurateur is fronting a new TV cookery show, The Good Cook, on BBC One.

He walked away from his restaurant empire in Rochdale and London in the 1980s but now he's ready to return to the kitchen with his own show starting on July 8.

Here Simon shares one of his signature dishes.


(Serves four) 1 bottle of decent red wine, preferably Pinot Noir
1dsp redcurrant jelly
1 small onion, chopped
2 sticks of celery, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
4 cloves of garlic, unpeeled and bruised
3-4 sprigs of thyme
2 bay leaves
2 cloves
4 large chicken joints: drumstick and thigh, skin removed
1tbsp olive oil
25g butter
100g smoked pancetta, in a piece, rind removed, cut into large cubes
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1tbsp flour
20 button onions, peeled (cover with boiling water for a couple of minutes to ease peeling)
20 button mushrooms
3tbsp Cognac
Put the first nine ingredients into a stainless steel or enamelled pot and bring to the boil.

Leave over a medium flame until reduced by one third. Strain through a fine sieve and cool completely.

Marinate the chicken pieces in this for at least 5-6 hours or, preferably, overnight. Warm the olive oil and butter in a solid-bottomed pot or frying pan and gently fry the pancetta until golden. Remove with a slotted spoon and reserve.

Season the chicken joints and roll in the flour, then fry until golden brown in the olive oil/fat remaining from the pancetta. Remove these, too, and put with the reserved pancetta.

Now tip the onions and mushrooms into the pot and gently cook until well coloured - about 10 minutes.

Tip out all the fat, return the chicken and pancetta to the pot, turn up the heat and pour over the Cognac.

Set alight, allow the flames to die down and then add the reserved, reduced wine. Shake about a bit, allowing everything to settle down, then cover and put on a very low heat.

Simmer at a merest 'blip', partially covered, for about 1 hour. Alternatively, use an oven preheated to 170C/Gas Mark 3.

Serve with boiled or steamed potatoes, with melted butter.


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