vegetarian coq au vin & hot mashed potatoes

veg coq au vin

coq au vin was one of my favorite things to make when i first got my slow cooker. it was a simple & sophisticated meal that stewed in red wine as i sat in class all day.  when i finally barreled through my front door on those brisk late-fall evenings, this comforting, homey meal was exactly what my heart desired.

although i’m not a vegetarian, i do try to minimize my meat consumption when possible for health & environmental reasons. so when i got sick of the chicken in this dish, this classic french recipe seemed like the perfect place for me to improvise. this recipe makes 4 servings. for a more classic option, see julia child’s version.

vegetarian coq au vin

-18 oz. portobello mushrooms, halved
-1 cup sliced or quartered button mushrooms
-1 cup frozen pearl onions (i prefer to use the grilled balsamic onions in the frozen section at trader joe’s, fresh onions are also an option)
-1 cup carrots
-1 cup red wine
-1/2 envelope of beefy onion soup mix (lots of lower sodium substitutions on the internet if you have extra time)
-4 springs thyme (optional)

1. combine all ingredients in slow cooker.
2. cover & cook on low heat 5-6 hours.
3. serve with hot mashed potatoes, if desired (see below).

hot mashed potatoes

-1.5 lbs red potatoes
-5 cloves garlic
-1/4 cup milk
-2 tbsp butter
-2 tbsp cream cheese
-garlic salt & pepper to taste

1. bring large pot of water to a boil & add potatoes & peeled garlic cloves. cook until tender, about 20-25 minutes.
2. turn stove off. drain potatoes & rinse with cold water.
3. place milk, butter & cream cheese in bottom of the same large pot used to boil the potatoes.
4. add rinse potatoes & garlic to the pot. mash potatoes with a whisk & combine with remaining ingredients.
5. add garlic salt & pepper to taste.

About Christina

Milwaukee-based bon vivant. Lover of food, yoga, design, good words & loving kindness.
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3 Responses to vegetarian coq au vin & hot mashed potatoes

  1. Casey says:

    what kind of slow cooker do you have?? i’m dying to get one but i’m clueless as to which ones are good in terms of the price. i don’t need any bells & whistles and don’t want to spend a small fortune…

  2. christina says:

    i have this one:

    i meant to get a smaller one but it was misplaced on the shelves at target. it ended up being a fortuitous mistake though because i don’t see how some of the recipes i make could fit into a 3 or 4 qt. slow cooker!

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