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Rooster Cooked in Wine

There is a story that tells us while making his way through France Napoleon made the decision to stop at an inn. Unfortunately, the innkeeper didn’t have much food only an old rooster and some not particularly good wine.  So finding himself at a loss as to what he could serve Napoleon the innkeeper took the rooster and cooked it together with the wine he had and some onions, herbs, and vegetables. The meal turned out to be so delicious that it became part of the traditional French cuisine.

Up until the 20th century, most rural families kept chickens and roosters. Roosters usually were kept until they became so old that they were no longer of any use and at that time they were killed and eaten. However, an old rooster had tough meat. To make it juicy and tender it was cooked in red wine. The dish Coq au Vin first appeared in a cookbook in 1864 and is known in France as a national rustic dish. The usual wine used for it comes from the Bourgogne region.

The recipe isn’t too simple but if you give it a try you will see that it is very much worth it. Coq au Vin is a very tasty dish.  

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