A large turkey.
Three sixpenny loaves of stale bread.
One pound of fresh butter.
Half an ounce of cloves.,
A quarter of an ounce of mace, pounded fine.
A table-spoonful of salt. A table-spoonful of pepper.
Skewers, tape, needle, and coarse thread will be wanted.
Grate the bread, and put the crusts in water to soften. Then break them up small into the pan of crumbled bread. Cut up a pound of butter in the pan of bread. Rub the herbs to powder, and have two table-spoonfuls of sweet marjoram and two of sweet basil, or more of each if the turkey is very large. Chop the pot-herbs, and pound the spice. Then add the salt and pepper, and mix ail the ingredients well together. Beat slightly four eggs,and rnix them with the seasoning and bread crums.
After the turkey is drawn, take a sharp knife and, beginning at the wings, carefully separate the flesh from the bone, scraping it down as you go; and avoid tearing or breaking the skin. Next, loosen the flesh from the breast and back, and then from the thighs. It requires great care and patience to do it nicely. When all the flesh is thus loosened, take the turkey by the neck, give it a pull, and the skeleton will come out entire from the flesh, as easily as you draw your hand out of a glove. The flesh will then be a shapeless mass. With a needle and thread mend or sew up any holes that may be found in the skin.
Take up a handful of the seasoning, squeeze it hard and proceed to stuff the turkey with it, beginning at the wings, next to the body, and then the thighs.
If you stuff it properly, it will again assume its natural shape. Stuff it very hard. When all the staffing is in, sew up the In-east, and skewer the turkey into its proper form, so that it will look as if it had not been boned.
Tie it round with tape and bake it three hours or more. 31ake a gravy of the giblets chopped, and enrich it with some wine and an egg.
If the turkey is to be eaten cold, drop spoonfuls of red currant jelly all over it, and in the dish round it.
A large fowl may be boned and stuffed in the same manner.