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Poached Eggs, Soubise

Porterhouse Steak

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728. Poached Eggs, Soubise

Peel, cut in half and finely slice two medium-sized white onions, place in a saucepan with a tablespoon melted butter and slowly fry for seven minutes, mixing well meanwhile. Add a level tablespoon flour, stir briskly, pour in half pint hot milk and briskly mix. Season with half teaspoon salt, one saltspoon cayenne pepper and one saltspoon grated nutmeg; lightly mix, then let gently simmer for ten minutes. Prepare twelve poached eggs on toast as per No. 106. Strain the sauce through a strainer over the eggs and serve.

729. Porterhouse Steak

Mix on a dish one teaspoon salt, half teaspoon pepper and a light tablespoon oil. After procuring a nice, tender porterhouse steak one and a quarter inches thick, cut from the short loin, lightly flatten and trim, then turn in the seasoning repeatedly all over. Arrange on a broiler and broil on brisk charcoal fire for twelve minutes on each side. Remove, dress on a hot dish, spread a maitre d'hotel butter (No. 7) over, decorate with a little watercress and serve.


Oysters au Gratin

Shoulder of Mutton, Etuvee, with Potatoes

Apple Meringue Pie

730. Oysters Au Gratin

Plunge twenty-four large, freshly opened oysters in three-quarters pint boiling water with a teaspoon salt and boil for three minutes. Drain on a sieve and keep the liquor. Briskly knead in a small saucepan one tablespoon butter with two tablespoons flour for a minute. Place the pan on the fire, pour in one and a half gills oyster broth and two gills hot milk. Season with half teaspoon salt and two saltspoons cayenne pepper; gently mix. Cut each oyster in four pieces and add to the pan, lightly mix, then let boil for two minutes. Transfer the preparation into a deep, baking dish, dredge two tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese over and set in the oven to bake for ten minutes. Remove and serve.

731. Shoulder Of Mutton, Etuvee, With Potatoes

Procure a small, tender shoulder of mutton. Carefully bone it all over, then cut the meat into as thin slices as possible and place on a dish. Season with two teaspoons salt, half teaspoon white pepper, adding one teaspoon chopped chives, half teaspoon chopped chervil, half bean finely chopped garlic and three finely chopped shallots. Carefully mix the meat with the ingredients and keep on the dish till required.

Finely mince three medium, raw, peeled potatoes; wash and drain well. Lightly butter a cocptte dish (earthen pan), cover the bottom with a layer of one-quarter of the potatoes, lightly season the potatoes with two saltspoons salt and a saltspoon pepper; arrange a quarter of the meat over the potatoes, well spread, then another quarter of mutton, and so on until all finished. Then pour in two gills boiling water, boil for two minutes on the range; then set in the oven to bake for one and a half hours. Remove and serve.

732. Apple Meringue Pie

Roll out quarter pound pie paste, as prepared in No. 117, making it circular in shape, half inch wider than the pie plate. Lightly butter a pie plate, arrange the paste over the plate, press it down all around the edges with the fingers and neatly trim all around.

Peel and core six good-sized apples. Cut into halves, slice very fine, place in a bowl with one ounce sugar, half teaspoon ground cinnamon and one teaspoon vanilla essence; gently mix, then evenly arrange over the plate. Set the pie in the oven to bake for twenty minutes. Remove and lay on a table. Beat up to a froth the whites of two eggs, add two ounces granulated sugar and half teaspoon vanilla essence, lightly mix with a skimmer for half a minute, then nicely spread the preparation over the apples with the aid of a knife blade; sprinkle a tablespoon fine sugar over all, reset in the oven to bake for ten minutes longer, or till a nice golden colour. Remove and serve either hot or cold.