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caseydog 06-30-2013 10:21 PM

Anybody up for some French food on the Webers?
I spent the summer of 1978 traveling around Europe with some friends. We were always on the lookout for good local food, that was cheap.

In Paris, we found this hole-in-the-wall place that had no formal menu. They had a chalkboard by the door that told you what they were cooking today. The price was excellent, and on that day, the meal was coq au vin. The meal was served family style. They put a big pot of food in front of us, and gave us all bowls. It was awesome.

The first step is to brown some bacon in cast iron. How can it be bad if that is the first step?

You are supposed to coat your skinless chicken legs and thighs in flour, and brown them in the bacon fat. But, I chose to coat the chicken in flour, and spray it with canola oil, and brown it on the Smokey Joe over hot coals.

Once the bacon is done, and the chicken is browned, I put them both aside.

I used the bacon fat to sauté my diced onions, sliced mushrooms, and minced garlic.

When they were nicely browned, I added half a bottle of dry red wine, and deglazed the pot. Then I put the bacon back in, and added the browned chicken, and some chicken stock. I cut some fresh thyme from my garden, and tossed that on top.

I let that braise for about forty minutes. Towards the end of the braise, I browned some pearl onions in butter on the coals left on the Smokey Joe. I took a picture of the butter melting in the pan, but forgot to take a farking picture of the golden brown pearl onions. :doh:

Oh, well. The final step was to add a Beurre Manie as a thickener. It is just a 50/50 mix of room temperature butter and flour.

This is how it looks on a plate. Nothing fancy, just good food.

I would like to dedicate this meal to my friend and neighbor, Lisa, the sweetest girl I've ever known. She was with us that summer, and ate that meal with us, and left us way to early due to cancer. I had a good meal and enjoyed a few good memories. It doesn't get any better than that.


landarc 06-30-2013 10:25 PM

Beautiful cook CD

To Lisa!

Cancer sucks

martyleach 06-30-2013 10:27 PM

Really nice looking food. Thanks for sharing the food and the memory... :(

Ron_L 06-30-2013 11:04 PM

Je frapperais cela!

Bdub 06-30-2013 11:13 PM

Looks very tasty.:clap:

Dallas Dan 06-30-2013 11:20 PM

mmmmm looks good!

charrederhead 06-30-2013 11:56 PM

That's probably some of the realest food I've ever see done on a Weber...nice!

Here's to your friend, and F cancer.

uncblue 07-01-2013 12:07 AM

Great cook! I'm planning to do some braising on the smoker in the near future. Food, memories, & friends go hand in hand....

caseydog 07-01-2013 12:08 AM


Originally Posted by charrederhead (Post 2534737)
That's probably some of the realest food I've ever see done on a Weber...nice!

Here's to your friend, and F cancer.

Wow, I think that is the best compliment I've gotten. And, thank you on behalf of my friend.


CharredApron 07-01-2013 12:31 AM

Bravo votre poulet est magnifique. Merci pour les souvenirs.
meilleurs voeux pourvotre ami.

Bravo your chicken is beautiful. Thank you for the memories.
Best wishes for your friend!

Cloudsmoker 07-01-2013 12:42 AM

For me, one of the best photo cooks I've ever seen. Super tribute.
Way to nail it, CD.

Titch 07-01-2013 01:01 AM

Awesome work mate, I love those type of dishes.
Cool on the memories

westy 07-01-2013 02:20 AM

Looks delicious. Very well done sir!

To Lisa.

SmokinAussie 07-01-2013 03:46 AM

That's front cover Saveur CD...

Bloody awesome!


buccaneer 07-01-2013 04:10 AM

That is some really fine stuff CD, up my alley!

I agree bro, cancer sucks.
May your sweet friend Lisa always wander in the light.

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