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Period Beef A La Mode

Discussion in 'Foods of the Civil War' started by Albert Sailhorst, Mar 14, 2017.

  1. Albert Sailhorst

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    Beef A La Mode

    From "Housekeeping In Old Virginia", By Marion Cabell Tyree

    Beef A La Mode

    Take, from a round of fresh beef, the bone ; beat the meat all over slightly to make tender. Grate a loaf of bread, mix with it equal quantities of:

    Thyme and parsley, rubbed fine.

    1 onion.

    The marrow from the bone.

    1/2 pound suet.

    Pepper and salt

    cloves and nutmeg to the taste.

    Mix these ingredients with three eggs well beaten : fill the place from whence came the bone, and what is left rub all over the round : fasten well with a tape, tied round to keep in shape. Cover the pan with slices of bacon, lay the beef upon them, baste with butter : pour in the pan a pint of water. Cover closely and stew gently for six hours ; when thoroughly done, take out the beef, skim the fat from the gravy, strain into a saucepan, set it on the stove and stir into it one teacup Port wine. Let it come to a boil and send to the table in a sauce tureen. You may, for supper, dish cold : dress with vegetable flowers, whites of eggs boiled hard and chopped fine.

    I am not sure what "tape" would be used to fasten it.
     

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    Personally, I would take that to mean some more bacon. :smoke:
     
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    Even if it doesn't mean bacon...I'm sure that it means bacon. Several pounds of it. :D
     
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    Another interesting recipe albert,but where is the ice cream.
    It is Ala mode.
     
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    Another great recipe. Thanks for posting.
     
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    I did try Googling 'cooking tape' and various other search options, but didn't turn anything up. I'm wondering if the author meant cooking string/twine as dictionary.com says tape is - a long, narrow strip of linen, cotton, or the like, used for tying garments, binding seams or carpets, etc.

    I think today we see tape and automatically assume it means duck or scotch tape! :tongue:
     
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    I think tape means string. I have seen that term in other old recipes.
     
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    I liked it better when tape meant bacon...LOL :roflmao::D:roflmao::D
     
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    Well, wrapping it in bacon would hold in the moisture of the beef, much the way is done with filet mignon. However, you aren't actually supposed to eat the bacon that is used for wrapping the meat, at least that's what I've been told. Not because it'll make you ill, but because it's like eating the parsley garnish.
     
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    i will come to that shortly - there's a famous bavarian recipe bifflamott (bastardized boeuf a la mode) - needless to say it's totally different (there's red wine involved and NO bacon or eggs) - i'm going to come up with that version till sunday (at the latest - got a job to do and translate ingredients)
     
  12. Albert Sailhorst

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    Not sure about the ice cream! :smile:
    As far as Ala vs A La, all I can say is that I copied it directly from the book, so I am not sure what the difference is.....I, too, thought it was odd.
     
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    Maybe it's a type of cooking mode from ala(Alabama).
     
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    that'll be roadkill ala(bama) mode then?
     
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    True
     
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    Roll Tide.
     
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    Go Gators.
     
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    the correct way to spell that is à la mode
     
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    I know but can't make my computer do it.

    Sorry as tried to correct but it wouldn't on my spell check either.

    Thanks for fixing it. I didn't want to appear dumb.
     
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