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The International Jewish Cook Book

The International Jewish Cook Book

1600 Recipes According to the Jewish Dietary Laws with the Rules for Kashering; The Favorite Recipes of America, Austria, Germany, Russia, France, Poland, Roumania, Etc., Etc.

Author: Florence Kreisler Greenbaum

A Project Gutenberg eBook






Singe by holding the fowl over a flame from gas, alcohol or burning

paper. Pick off pin feathers. Cut off the nails, then cut off the head,

turn back the skin and cut the neck off quite close; take out windpipe

and crop, cutting off close to the body. Cut through the skin around the

leg one inch below the leg joint; take out the tendons and break the leg

at the joint; in old birds each tendon must be removed separately by

using a skewer.


Make an incision just below the breast bone large enough to insert your

hand, take out the fat and loosen the entrails with your forefinger.

When everything is removed, cut off the wings close to the body, also

the neck, feet and head. Separate the gall from the liver. In doing this

be very careful not to break the gall, which has a very thin skin.

Scrape all the fat off carefully that adheres to the entrails and lay it

in a separate dish of water overnight. Cut open the gizzard, clean and

pull off the skin, or inner lining.


Make Kosher as directed in "Rules for Kashering".


If you make use of the head, which you may in soup, cut off the top of

the bill, split open the head, lengthwise, take out the brains, eyes and



Clean the gizzard and feet by laying them in scalding water for a few

moments, this will loosen the skin, which can then be easily removed.


Remove the oil bag from the upper side of tail.


After making Kosher and cleaning poultry, season all fowls for several

hours before cooking. Salt, pepper, and ginger are the proper seasoning.

Some like a tiny bit of garlic rubbed inside and outside, especially for

goose or duck.


Dress and clean goose, duck, squab, and turkey as directed for chicken.





Press the thighs and wings close against the body; fasten securely with

skewers and tie with string. Draw the skin of the neck to the back and

fasten it.





Stuff and truss a chicken, season with pepper and salt and dredge with

flour. Put in a roasting-pan with two or three tablespoons of

chicken-fat if the chicken is not especially fat. When heated add hot

water and baste frequently. The oven should be hot and the time

necessary for a large chicken will be about an hour and a half. When

done, remove the chicken, pour off the grease and make a brown sauce in

the pan.





Bake chicken in covered casserole until nearly tender, then add three

potatoes cut in dice; boil small pieces of carrots, green peas, and

small white onions--each to be boiled separately. Just before serving,

thicken gravy with a teaspoon of flour mixed with a half cup of soup

stock or water. Season to taste and place vegetables around the dish.





Make chicken soup with an old hen. Remove chicken from soup just as soon

as tender. Place in roasting-pan with three tablespoons of chicken-fat,

one onion sliced, one clove of garlic, one-half teaspoon each of salt

and paprika. Sprinkle with soft bread crumbs. Baste frequently and when

sufficiently browned, cut in pieces for serving. Place on platter with

the strained gravy pour over the chicken and serve.





Take young spring chickens of one to one and one-half pounds in weight,

and split down the back, break the joints and remove the breast bone.

Sprinkle with salt and pepper and rub well with chicken-fat. Place in

broiler and broil twenty minutes over a clear fire, or under the flame

in broiling oven of gas stove, being careful to turn broiler that all

parts may be equally browned. The flesh side must be exposed to the fire

the greater part of the time as the skin side will brown quickly. Remove

to hot platter.


Or chicken may be placed in dripping pan, skin side down, seasoned with

salt and pepper and spread with chicken-fat, and bake fifteen minutes in

a hot oven and then broiled to finish.


Serve with giblet sauce.





Cut it up as for fricassee and see that every piece is wiped dry. Have

ready heated in a spider some goose-fat or other poultry drippings.

Season each piece of chicken with salt and ground ginger, or pepper.

Roll each piece of chicken in sifted cracker or bread crumbs (which you

have previously seasoned with salt). Fry in the spider, turning often,

and browning evenly. You may cut up some parsley and add while frying.

If the chicken is quite large, it is better to steam it before frying.





Heart, liver and gizzard constitute the giblets, and to these the neck

is usually added. Wash them; put them in cold water and cook until

tender. This will take several hours. Serve with the chicken; or mash

the liver, mince the heart and gizzard and add them to the brown sauce.

Save the stock in which they are cooked for making the sauce.





Take a chicken, cut off the wings, legs and neck. Separate the breast

from the chicken, leaving it whole. Cut the back into two pieces.

Prepare a mixture of salt, ginger and a little pepper in a saucer and

dust each piece of chicken with this mixture. When you are ready to cook

the chicken, take all the particles of fat you have removed from it and

lay in the bottom of the kettle, also a small onion, cut up, some

parsley root and celery. Lay the chicken upon this, breast first, then

the leg and so on. Cover up tight and let it stew slowly on the back of

the stove (or over a low gas flame), adding hot water when necessary.

Just before serving chop up some parsley, fine, and rub a teaspoon of

flour in a little cold water, and add. Let it boil up once. Shake the

kettle back and forth to prevent becoming lumpy. The parsley root and

celery may be omitted if so desired.


Duck can be prepared in this manner.





Joint a chicken; season with salt and ground ginger and boil with water

enough to cover. Allow one-half pound of rice to one chicken. Boil this

after chicken is tender. Serve together on a large platter.





Brown a chicken, cover with water and season, cook until tender. When

chicken is tender; slash the skin of chestnuts, put them in oven and

roast, then skin them, put in chicken and let come to a boil and serve

with the chicken.





Cook one pound of rice in a quart of stock for half an hour, stirring

frequently. Then add a chicken stuffed and trussed as for roasting;

cover closely and cook thoroughly. After removing the chicken, pass the

liquor through a strainer, add the juice of a lemon and the beaten yolk

of an egg, and pour over the bird.





Prepare and truss a young chicken, as if for roasting. Put it in a

casserole; and pour over it two tablespoons of olive oil, a cup of white

wine, a cup of bouillon, salt and cayenne to taste, one spoon of dried

mushrooms soaked in one cup of water and chopped fine, and one-half can

of mushrooms. Cover tightly and simmer in the oven for about an hour,

turning the chicken occasionally; add a dozen olives and a tablespoon of

chicken-fat, smoothed with one tablespoon of flour, and bring to a boil.

Remove the chicken and add about a pint of boiled spaghetti to the

sauce. Place the chicken on a platter, surround with the spaghetti, and






Steam chicken and when it is almost tender stuff it with the following:

Take one-fourth pound of almonds, chopped; season with parsley, pepper

and salt to taste, add one tablespoon of bread crumbs and bind this with

one well-beaten egg. Put chicken in roasting-pan and roast until done.





Two tender chickens cut in half, split down the back; place the pieces

in a colander to drain well, after having been well salted; season with

pepper; grease well the bottom of a baking-pan; add one stalk finely

chopped celery, onion; lay the chicken on breast, side up; sprinkle

lightly with flour, fat; two cups of hot water. Have the oven very hot

when putting chickens in. As soon as browned evenly, cover with a pan,

fitting closely. Reduce the heat of the oven; allow to cook slowly an

hour or so longer, until tender. Place on a hot platter; set in oven

until sauce is made, as follows: put the pan on top of stove in which

chickens were smothered; add level tablespoon of flour, thinned in cold

water; add minced parsley; let this all cook two or three minutes, then

add large cup of strong stock, to the chickens. Broil one can mushrooms,

and pour these over chicken when ready to serve.





Cut chickens in pieces for serving; dredge in flour and saute in hot

fat. Cut one onion in thin pieces, add one tablespoon of curry powder,

three-fourths of a tablespoon of salt and one tablespoon of wine

vinegar. Add to chicken, cover with boiling water; simmer until chicken

is tender. Thicken sauce and serve with steamed rice.





Cut a three and one-half pound fat chicken in pieces to serve, salt it

and let stand several hours. Heat one-fourth cup of fat in an iron

kettle, add one medium-sized onion, minced; fry golden brown and set

aside. Fry the chicken in the fat and when nicely browned, add paprika

to taste and boiling water to cover, and let simmer one hour.


Soak one cup of rice in cold water, drain, add the fried onion and one

teaspoon of salt and gradually three cups of chicken broth, more if

necessary. When nearly done add the chicken and finish cooking in a slow

oven, one-half hour.





Cut two broilers in pieces for serving. Season with salt, pepper, and

dredge in flour; brown in hot fat. Parboil six large red peppers until

soft, rub through a wire sieve. Chop two small onions fine, three cloves

of garlic and one-fourth cup of capers. Combine, add to chicken, cover

with water and cook until chicken is tender. Thicken the sauce with fat

and flour melted together.





Follow recipe below but substitute cooked lamb for the chicken, and add

chicken livers fried and cut in small pieces.





Soak one cup of rice in cold water for one hour. Pour off the water, and

put the rice with two cups of soup stock and one-quarter of a white

onion on to boil. Stew until the rice absorbs all the stock. Stew

one-half can of tomatoes thoroughly and season with olive oil or

chicken-fat, salt and pepper. Mix it with the rice.


Saute in chicken-fat to a light color, a jointed chicken slightly

parboiled, or slices of cold cooked chicken or turkey. Make a depression

in the rice and tomato, put in the chicken and two tablespoons of olive

oil or chicken-fat, and stew all together for twenty minutes. Serve on

a platter in a smooth mound, the red rice surrounding the fowl.





Take one pint of cold chicken, duck or any poultry. Cut it into flakes

and place it in a pudding dish which has been lined with a thin crust.

On the layer of meat place a layer of sweet red peppers (seeds removed),

cut in slices; next, a layer of thinly sliced sausage, and so on until

the dish is full. Over this pour a glass of claret into which have been

rubbed two tablespoons of flour. Cover with a thin crust of pastry, and






Cut the remains of cold chicken (or turkey) into pieces about an inch

long and marinate them in a bowl containing one tablespoon of olive oil;

one teaspoon of tarragon vinegar or lemon juice, a few drops of onion

juice, salt and pepper. At the end of half an hour sprinkle with finely

chopped parsley, dip them in fritter batter, and fry in boiling fat.

Drain on a brown paper, and serve with or without tomato or brown sauce.


In some parts of Italy this dish is made of several kinds of cold meats,

poultry, brains, etc. (the greater the variety the better), served on

the same platter, and in Spain all kinds of cold vegetables are fried in

batter and served together.





All goose meat tastes better if it is well rubbed with salt, ginger and

a little garlic a day previous to using.


Stuff goose with bread dressing, or chestnut dressing, a dressing of

apples is also very good. (See "Stuffings for Meat and Poultry".) Sew up

the goose, then line a sheet-iron roasting-pan with a few slices of

onion and celery and place the goose upon these, cover closely, roast

three hours or more, according to weight. If the goose browns too

quickly, cover with greased paper or lower the heat of the oven. Baste

every fifteen minutes.





Take a very fat goose for this purpose. After cleaning and singeing, cut

off neck, wings and feet. Lay the goose on a table, back up, take a

sharp knife, make a cut from the neck down to the tai. Begin again at

the top near the neck, take off the skin, holding it in your left hand,

your knife in your right hand, after all the skin is removed, place it

in cold water; separate the breast from back and cut off joints. Have

ready in a plate a mixture of salt, ginger and a little garlic or onion,

cut up fine. Rub the joints and small pieces with this, and make a small

incision in each leg and four in the breast. Put in each incision a

small piece of garlic or onion, and rub also with a prepared mixture of

salt and ginger. Put away in stone jar overnight or until you wish to






Rub wings, neck, gizzard, heart and back of goose with salt, ginger,

pepper and garlic and set on the fire in a stew-pan with cold water.

Cover tightly and stew slowly but steadily for four hours. When done

skim off all the fat. Now put a spider over the fire, put into it about

two or three tablespoons of the fat that you have just skimmed off and

then add the fat to the meat again. Cut up fine a very small piece of

garlic and add a heaping teaspoon of flour (brown). Add the hot gravy

and pour all over the goose. Cover up tightly and set on back of stove

till you wish to serve. You may cook the whole goose in this way after

it is cut up.





Remove skin from neck of goose, duck or chicken in one piece. Wash and

clean well and stuff with same mixture as for Kischtke. Sew at both ends

and roast in hot oven until well browned.





Remove the fat skin from the neck of a fat goose, being careful not to

put any holes in it. Clean carefully and sew up the smaller end and

stuff through larger end with the following:


Grind fine some pieces of raw goose meat (taken from the breast or

legs), grind also some soft or "linda fat" a thin piece of garlic, a

small piece of onion, when fine add one egg and a little soaked bread,

season with salt, pepper, and ginger. When neck is stuffed, sew up

larger end, lay it in a pudding-pan, pour a little cold water over it,

set in stove and baste from time to time. Let brown until crisp. Eat






Cut the thick fat of a fat goose in pieces as big as the palm of your

hand, roll together and run a toothpick through each one to fasten. Put

a large preserve kettle on top of hot stove, lay in the cracklings,

sprinkle a tiny bit of salt over them and pour in a cup or two of cold

water; cover closely and let cook not too fast, until water is cooked

out. Then add the soft or "linda" fat, keep top off and let all brown

nicely. About one to two hours is required to cook them. If you do not

wish the scraps of "Greben" brittle, take them out of the fat before

they are browned. Place strainer over your fat crock, to catch the clear

fat and let greben drain. If greben are too greasy place in baking-pan

in oven a few minutes to try out a little more. Serve at lunch with rye






The best way to roast a goose breast is to remove the skin from the neck

and sew it over the breast and fasten it with a few stitches under the

breast, making an incision with a pointed knife in the breast and joints

of the goose, so as to be able to insert a little garlic (or onion) in

each incision, also a little salt and ginger. Keep closely covered all

the time, so as not to get too brown. They cut up nicely cold for






If too fat to roast, render the fat of goose, remove and cut the skin

into small pieces. The scraps, when brown, shriveled and crisp, are then

"Greben," and are served hot or cold. When fat is nearly done or clear,

add the breast and legs of goose, previously salted, and boil in the fat

until tender and browned. Place meat in crock and pour the clear, hot

fat over it to cover. Cool. Cover crock with plate and stone and keep in

a cool, dry place. Will keep for months. When ready to serve, take out

meat, heat, and drain off fat.





Dried or smoked goose breast must be prepared in the following manner:

Take the breast of a fat goose; leave the skin on; rub well with salt,

pepper and saltpetre; pack in a stone jar and let it remain pickled thus

four or five days. Dry well, cover with gauze and send away to be






Remove skin. Place legs, neck and skin of neck of geschundene goose (fat

goose) to one side. Scrape the meat carefully from the bones, neck,

back, etc., of the goose, remove all tendons and tissues and chop very

fine. Fill this in the skin of the neck and sew up with coarse thread on

both ends. Rub the filled neck, the legs and the breast with plenty of

garlic (sprinkle with three-eighths pound of salt and one tablespoon of

sugar and one teaspoon of saltpetre), and enough water to form a brine.

Place the neck, legs and breast in a stone jar, cover with a cloth and

put weights on top. Put aside for seven days, turn once in a while. Take

out of the brine, cover with gauze and send to the butcher to smoke.

When done, serve cold, sliced thin.





Cut up, after being skinned, and stew, seasoning with salt, pepper, a

few cloves and a very little lemon peel. When done heat a little goose

fat in a frying-pan, brown half a tablespoon of flour, add a little

vinegar and the juice of half a lemon.





Take the entire breast of a goose, chop up fine in a chopping bowl;

grate in part of an onion, and season with salt, pepper and a tiny piece

of garlic. Add some grated stale bread and work in a few eggs. Press

this chopped meat back on to the breast bone and roast, basting very

often with goose fat.





Singe off all the small feathers; cut off neck and wings, which may be

used for soup; wash thoroughly and rub well with salt, ginger and a

little pepper, inside and out. Now prepare this dressing: Take the

liver, gizzard and heart and chop to a powder in chopping bowl. Grate in

a little nutmeg, add a piece of celery root and half an onion. Put all

this into your chopping bowl. Soak some stale bread, squeeze out all the

water and fry in a spider of hot fat. Toss this soaked bread into the

bowl; add one egg, salt, pepper and a speck of ginger and mix all

thoroughly. Fill the duck with this and sew it up. Lay in the

roasting-pan with slices of onions, celery and specks of fat. Put some

on top of fowl; roast two hours, covered up tight and baste often. Stick

a fork into the skin from time to time so that the fat will try out.





Draw the duck; stuff, truss and roast the same as chicken. Serve with

giblet sauce and currant jelly. If small, the duck should be cooked in

an hour.





One duckling of about five pounds, one calf's foot, eight to ten small

onions, as many young carrots, one bunch of parsley. Cook the foot

slowly in one quart of water, one teaspoon of salt and a small bay leaf.

Put aside when the liquor has been reduced to one-half. In the meanwhile

fry the duck and when well browned wipe off the grease, put in another

pan, add the calf's foot with its broth, one glass of dry white wine, a

tablespoon of brandy, the carrots, parsley and the onions--the latter

slightly browned in drippings--pepper and salt to taste and cook slowly

under a covered lid for one hour. Cool off for about an hour, take off

the grease, bone and skin the duckling and cut the meat into small

pieces; arrange nicely with the vegetables in individual earthenware

dishes, cover with the stock and put on the ice to harden.





Pick, singe, draw, clean and season them well inside and out, with salt

mixed with a little ginger and pepper, and then stuff them with

well-seasoned bread dressing. Pack them closely in a deep stew-pan and

cover with flakes of goose fat, minced parsley and a little chopped

onion. Cover with a lid that fits close and stew gently, adding water

when necessary. Do not let them get too brown. They should be a light






Squabs are a great delicacy, especially in the convalescent's menu,

being peculiarly savory and nourishing. Clean the squabs; lay them in

salt water for about ten minutes and then rub dry with a clean towel.

Split them down the back and broil over a clear coal fire. Season with

salt and pepper; lay them on a heated platter, grease them liberally

with goose fat and cover with a deep platter. Toast a piece of bread for

each pigeon, removing the crust. Dip the toast in boiling water for an

instant. In serving lay a squab upon a piece of toasted bread.





Prepare as many pigeons as you wish to bake in your pie. Salt and

pepper, then melt some fat in a stew-pan, and cut up an onion in it.

When hot, place in the pigeons and stew until tender. In the meantime

line a deep pie plate with a rich paste. Cut up the pigeons, lay them

in, with hard-boiled eggs chopped up and minced parsley. Season with

salt and pepper. Put flakes of chicken fat rolled in flour here and

there, pour over the gravy the pigeons were stewed in, cover with a

crust. Bake slowly until done.





Take fowl and brown in a skillet the desired color, then add to this

enough water (or soup stock preferred), put it in casserole and add

vegetables; add first those that require longest cooking. Use mushrooms,

carrots, small potatoes and peas. If you like flavor of sherry wine, add

small wine glass; if not, it is just as good. Season well and cook in

hot oven not too long, as you want fowl and vegetables to be whole. You

may add soup stock if it is too dry after being in oven.





Singe and clean the turkey the same as chicken. Fill with plain bread

stuffing or chestnut stuffing. Tie down the legs and rub entire surface

with salt and let stand overnight. Next morning place in large drippings

or roasting-pan on rack and spread breast, legs and wings with one-third

cup of fat creamed and mixed with one-fourth cup of flour. Dredge bottom

of pan with flour. Place in a hot oven and when the flour on the turkey

begins to brown, reduce the heat and add two cups of boiling water or

the stock in which the giblets are cooking, and baste with one-fourth

cup of fat and three-fourths cup of boiling water. When this is all

used, baste with the fat in the pan. Baste every fifteen minutes until

tender; do not prick with a fork, press with the fingers; if the breast

meat and leg are soft to the touch the turkey is done. If the oven is

too hot, cover the pan; turn the turkey often, that it may brown nicely.

Remove strings and skewers and serve on hot platter. Serve with giblet

sauce and cranberry sauce. If the turkey is very large it will require

three hours or more, a small one will require only an hour and a half.





Take neck of turkey, stuff with following: One-quarter pound of almonds

or walnuts chopped fine and seasoned with chopped parsley, pepper and

salt, put two hard-boiled eggs in the centre of this dressing; stuff

neck, sew up the ends and when roasted slice across so as to have a

portion of the hard-boiled egg on each slice; place on platter and

surround with sprigs of parsley.

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