The Easiest Way in Housekeeping and Cooking eBook

Helen Stuart Campbell
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Make a fricassee, as above directed, either brown or white, as best liked, and a nice pie-crust, as on p. 224, or a biscuit-crust if pie-crust is considered too rich.  Line a deep baking-dish with the crust; a good way being to use a plain biscuit-crust for the lining, and pie-crust for the lid.  Lay in the cooked chicken; fill up with the gravy, and cover with pastry, cutting a round hole in the centre; and bake about three-quarters of an hour.  The top can be decorated with leaves made from pastry, and in this case will need to have a buttered paper laid over it for the first twenty minutes, that they need not burn.  Eat either cold or hot.  Game pies can be made in the same way, and veal is a very good substitute for chicken.  Where veal is used, a small slice of ham may be added, and a little less salt; both veal and ham being cut very small before filling the pie.


Clean, stuff, and truss the fowl selected, as for a roasted turkey.  The body is sometimes filled with oysters.  To truss in the tightest and most compact way, run a skewer under the leg-joint between the leg and the thigh, then through the body and under the opposite leg-joint in the same way; push the thighs up firmly close to the sides; wind a string about the ends of the skewer, and tie it tight.  Treat the wings in the same way, though in boiled fowls the points are sometimes drawn under the back, and tied there.  The turkey may be boiled with or without cloth around it.  In either case use boiling water, salted as for stock, and allow twenty minutes to the pound.  It is usually served with oyster sauce, but parsley or capers may be used instead.


Take all the meat from a cold roast or boiled chicken, and chop moderately fine.  Mince an onion very small, and fry brown in a piece of butter the size of an egg.  Add one small cup of stock or water; one saltspoonful each of pepper and mace; one teaspoonful of salt; the juice of half a lemon; two well-beaten eggs; and, if liked, a glass of wine.  Make into small rolls like corks, or mold in a pear shape, sticking in a clove for the stem when fried.  Roll in sifted cracker-crumbs; dip in an egg beaten with a spoonful of water, and again in crumbs; put in the frying-basket, and fry in boiling lard.  Drain on brown paper, and pile on a napkin in serving.

A more delicate croquette is made by using simply the white meat, and adding a set of calf’s brains which have been boiled in salted water.  A cupful of boiled rice mashed fine is sometimes substituted for the brains.  Use same seasoning as above, adding quarter of a saltspoonful of cayenne, omitting the wine, and using instead half a cup of cream or milk.  Fry as directed.  Veal croquettes can hardly be distinguished from those of chicken.


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