Monthly Archives: February, 2017
February 28th, 2017 Posted by Chef Knox
Appetizers, History, Ingredient Showcase
0 thoughts on “Poutine”
poutine (Poo-Teen) OR if you want to pass for a real Québécois, it’s pronounced (poo-tin) (n): 1)French-Canadian dish traditionally made of French fries and fresh cheese curds, covered with gravy. 2)Deliciousness.
Thanks to Canada, a dish that will keep you warm and fuzzy. Our House Cut fries mixed with white cheddar cheese curds then smothered with our pork gravy, EH!!! Much like many of the stories about any dish, the origin has a number of different tales.
One thing is for sure. Poutine was born in rural Quebec in the 1950’s. Since that time this dish has made it’s way not only all across Canada, making it their National Dish, but there are many variations across the globe. What began as a basket of Fries evolved to half fries, half cheese curds. For obvious reasons, (because duh, why not?!?!) gravy began to appear a top. With this addition the Canadian cuisine’s Holy Trinity was born.
This dish is so popular across our Northern border that it can be found in many fast food chains including Dairy Queen, McDonald’s, & Burger King. It’s that wicked good!
February 27th, 2017 Posted by Chef Knox
0 thoughts on “Christchurch, The Betty, & Oysters”
Every year Valentine’s Day rolls around and there are two ingredients I automatically go to; chocolate and oysters. Though chocolate is wonderful, this post is about the latter. We get some of the best oysters that one can get from Christchurch School. There is a marine biology program there that allows the students start from beginning to end with the oysters. Christchurch is located right on the Rappahannock River, so the students can keep an eye on them at all times. These oysters are some of the cleanest tasty oysters you’ll ever have. Not only is there a terrific product as a canvas for the dish but an opportunity to support a program helping educate and better the community.
This Valentine’s Day dish was a dozen raw oysters. The oysters by themselves are fantastic however being a special occasion I thought it appropriate to enhance the oysters with some texture and the right combination of sweet, salty, spicy, & earthy.
Christchurch Oysters on a half shell with beet green crisps, pea shoots, soy pickled red onion mignonette, topped with sweet & spicy Virginia peanuts. On this appetizer alone four different local farms/organizations are represented including the oysters. Victory Farms, Gourmet Greens, Hubbard Peanut Co. represent other ingredients.
February 1st, 2017 Posted by Chef Knox
0 thoughts on “Coq Au Vin”
One of my favorite things about being the Chef at The Betty is the chance to take a classic dish or “comfort food” and make it my own. A perfect example of this is the Coq Au Vin.
Coq Au Vin, translating to cock/rooster in red wine, is a French dish that was popularized by Julia Childs. She used this recipe in her influential cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking (1961) and the television show, The French Chef. See her recipe here. This brought exposure of the dish into American homes. However, the true origins of the dish are mostly unknown.
Two of the more common stories told include Caesar & Napoleon. What remains consistent through each tale behind the dish is the utilization of using rooster from poor families. Once the rooster was no longer able to serve it’s purpose on their land, it served a new purpose on a plate.
Rooster comes out stringy and tough after being cooked, which makes it fairly unappetizing. To fix this, folks would use cheap or turned wine to submerge the bird. After cooking a long period of time the meat would become tender falling off the bone. This stew-like meal was and still is typically served with mushrooms, onions, & lardons.
Over time due to chicken becoming more affordable and reasonable quality wine more abundant, Coq Au Vin has evolved from its poverty roots. As well, the number of ways in which this dish could be prepared can change slightly. Using Riesling instead of Burgundy, for example. At The Betty, we shoot towards keeping things simple and true, yet refined.
In our version of Coq Au Vin, shallots, burgundy wine, chicken stock and, & thyme accompany a chicken leg. These ingredients get to know each other for over an hour or more with the oven at a very low temperature.
Different farms can be incorporated on this dish each week. For example, Joyce Farm or River Oaks Farm may provide the chicken. This week we will be using mixed mustard greens from Victory Farms Inc. These greens add a pepper forward flavor to the rich sauce and tender chicken. Byrd’s Mill Grits act as the vessel bringing all the flavors home for a slight twist on a classic.
Hungry yet? Come to The Betty and give this delicious dish a go. Look Forward to seeing you soon.