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Bayou Becassines

Serves: 1 people

Recipe Ingredients

1   Snipe - undrawn
  Stock or consomme - as needed
  Beurre manie
3 oz 85gClaret wine
2   Shallots - minced
5   Parsley sprigs - tied with
1   Bay leaf - for bouquet garni
1   Clove - crushed
4   Peppercorns - bruised
1   Garlic clove - mashed
1 tablespoon 15mlOlive oil
  Juice of 1/2 lemon
  Salt - to taste

Recipe Instructions

Roast snipe briefly, no more than 5 minutes; it should still be very underdone. Remove legs and wings carefully and reserve. Discard head, gall, and gizzard. Bone the bird. Pound the bird meat to a firm paste, adding enough stock or consomme to give the consistency of thick cream. Press through a fine sieve. Knead a walnut-sized piece of beurre manie and add to bird paste. Add wine, shallots, bouquet garni, clove, peppercorns, and garlic. Bring to a slow boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 2 minutes. Strain and add olive oil, lemon juice, and salt to taste. Put the 4 limbs of the snipe into the sauce and heat. Serve on squares of fried bread, with sauce.

This recipe yields 1 appetizer serving.

THE HUNTER'S GAME COOKBOOK by Jacqueline E. Knight (c) 1978 - Published by Winchester Press, New York, NY


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