Coq au Vin Mousseux
- 115g bacon, sliced in lardons
- 1 whole chicken, cut in 8 pieces (breasts split in two)
- Salt and fresh pepper
- 5 parsnips, large oblique cut
- 225g red pearl onions, peeled
- 2 cups sparkling wine
- 1 bay leaf
- 3 sprigs fresh thyme
- 2 Tbsp. crème fraiche
- 1 ½ Tbsp. chopped fresh dill
Add the bacon to a cold Le Creuset 26cm Signature Round Casserole. Bring to medium heat, and cook until browned. Drain and set aside.
Pat the chicken dry and season with salt and pepper. Sear the chicken in two batches, skin side down first, then flip and sear on the second side. Remove from the pan.
Add the parsnips and onions to the casserole. Cook, stirring occasionally, until they begin to brown. Pour in the sparkling wine, and scrape up all the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Add the bay leaf and thyme, and bring to a boil.
Return just the chicken thighs and legs to the casserole. Cover and reduce heat to a low simmer. Cook for 1 hour. Return the breast pieces, along with the bacon. Cover and cook for an additional 40 minutes.
Remove the chicken pieces to a warm platter and discard the bay leaf and thyme stems. Bring to a boil for 2 or 3 minutes, to reduce the sauce. Turn off the heat and swirl in the crème fraiche and half the dill. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
Spoon the vegetables and sauce over the chicken. Garnish with the remaining dill.