Coq au Vin and the Chocolate Secret – Weekend Herb Blogging — 15 Comments

  1. I added cocoa to the Hasenpfeffer I made and it added a really delicious depth of flavor to the wine sauce. I never thought of adding it to Coq au Vin, but I can see how it would be great!

  2. Loulou
    I remember that recipe! And you said how wonderful the sauce was. (It’s over at ‘Chez LouLou’ for those that missed it.)
    I’ve just never cooked with chocolate – no reason….other than it usually goes directly into the mouth.

  3. I love the sound of this. Coq au Vin is one of those dishes I’ve made but never completely successfully, so thanks for the idea. (And with only a little change I could make this recipe pretty SB Diet friendly, not for phase one though!)

  4. Katie, this sounds absolutely divine…this is one of those dishes I’ve always wanted to try, but just haven’t bumped up the priority list. I might have to give it a second thought — you’re inspiring me with this great post!

  5. Lord have mercy-this is the best of the best-this is my all time favorite!The cocoa, that’s what I’ve been missing in my recipes-thanks so much for sharing this!

  6. Wow, chocolate is always such a natural, why haven’t I seen this before. It really does seem like it’s been secrete until you decided to tell. Thank you very much!
    Really good looking blog!

  7. I agree, never cook with a wine you wouldn’t drink. I try to keep the cooking wine as close to the wine served at the table for balance. I loved your leftovers idea!

  8. O.K., this sounded so great I copied and pasted immediately, lest I forget where I saw it! Maybe I’ll give it a try this week-end!

  9. I’ve been wanting to pair chicken with chocolate for more than a year, ever since i saw a recipe for cocoa-coated chicken in, I think, a salad.
    Coq au Vin is on my list of things to make soon.

  10. Happy New Year!
    I enjoyed catching up with you (via blog).
    note 1: did you taste the chocolate or did it provide a secret ingredient, what is that? kind of wonderment?
    note 2: we lost our luggage on the way to (vs home) and I would have prefered the return. I brought a pair of shorts as a change of clothes, meds but no bath stuff (2 many liquids). It was about 28 hrs after we got to the hotel before we got it. How ’bout being in the Caribbean w/no toothbrush ($15/apiece), no flip-flops, no bathing suit. I took a walk w/afore mentioned short and my sports bra. more than most people had on. live and learn.
    Looking forward to more of your tales in this new year. Look for my news, coming soon!

  11. A minor correction to your post. The cocoa bean is actually classified as a “fruit”, not a “vegetable”.
    If your readers would like to know more about Coq Au Vin, on this page is a bit of history:

  12. Thanks for the ‘correction’ and the link, Doug.
    Having chocolate as a fruit is as good as a veg – I still need 5 servings a day….

  13. Chez Rene does truly make the most delicious coq au vin. It has haunted me for some time just how they do it! =) I will have to try the cocoa! Thanks so much!