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Directions for: Eel in Red Wine

Ingredients

Eel in Red Wine

2 kg. eels

60 mL diced leeks

60 mL diced celery root

60 mL diced carrots

60 mL diced onions

4 whole garlic cloves

2 cup red wine

1 cup concentrated meat stock (glace de viande)

rosemary

thyme

butter

bamboo skewers

Dressing

454 g smoked pork lard/back bacon

12 whole, peeled French shallots

1 minced French shallot

1 cup maple syrup

½ cup red wine

15 chanterelle mushrooms

butter

crusty bread (for toasts)

Finishing Touch

Directions

Eel in Red Wine

1. Preheat oven to 350F.

2. Soak the eel in red wine for 2 hours. Roll the eel into a spiral and secure with bamboo skewers.

3. In a very hot pan, brown both sides of the eel in butter. Add the vegetables: leek, celery root, carrots, onions, garlic and herbs and cook gently for a few minutes.

4. Add red wine and bring to boil. Cover pot and cook in 350F oven for 20 minutes.

Dressing

1. Remove the pork skin and cut the lard in 1/2 in. slices. Brown in a pan and set pieces aside. Keep the pork fat in the pan and add the chanterelle mushrooms, cook for 8 to 10 minutes.

2. While cooking, the mushrooms will release liquid. Strain the liquid into a bowl through a fine mesh sieve. Reserve liquid.

3. Return the mushrooms to the saucepan, add the minced shallot, and brown for a few seconds in butter. Set aside.

4. In another pan, put the whole shallots and brown for a few minutes in butter. Add maple syrup, then deglaze with red wine. Cover the pot with aluminium foil and cook for 15 minutes in a 350°F oven.

Finishing Touch

1. Set the eel aside and strain the broth from the eel pan through a fine mesh sieve. Return the eel and the strained sauce back to the saucepan.

2. Add the concentrated meat stock (glace de viande) and the mushroom liquid. Bring to boil and let the sauce reduce by half or until it becomes syrupy. Baste the eel constantly while the sauce thickens.

3. Serve with the mushrooms, the caramelised shallots, the slices of lard and a few pieces of toasted bread.

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