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Authentic Chicken Frickasee

Discussion in 'Foods of the Civil War' started by KenH, Jul 12, 2012.

  1. KenH

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    1870 Willamette Farmer newspaper:

    "Take three onions, one eschalot, two cloves of garlic, one bunch of parsley, one carrot, all to be chopped separately; pepper and salt. In a sauce-pan put one quarter of a pound of butter and brown with the above. When done take two chickens cut up, pour in beef stock to cover, cook slowly for one hour, then pour in a large glass of sherry. Add the yolks of two eggs, and a large tablespoonful of flour to thicken."

    Eschalot is a shallot. "Cook slowly" I would do at medium heat. Two cut up chickens and that veg in "sauce-pan"? That's one big sauce pan!! I'd use a four quart stock pot. Unless you're feeding the ANV, I'd halve the recipe ingredients, too!
     
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    What's an eschalot? That looks good!
     
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    Shallots. (Green onions, sort of)
     
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    Chicken Fricassee with Biscuits was one of President Abraham Lincoln's favorite dishes.

    Here is recipe:

    Chicken Fricassee with Biscuits:

    Ingredients:

    1 1/2 pounds chicken breast
    1 Tablespoon cooking oil
    4 1/2 cups fresh mushrooms, sliced
    2 small onions, chopped
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1 cup sour cream
    2 Tablespoons all purpose flour
    1 teaspoon seasoned salt
    1/2 teaspoon pepper
    1 cup milk
    1/2 cup chicken broth
    1/2 teaspoon marjoram
    1/4 teaspoon basil
    1/4 teaspoon oregano
    2 Tablespoons dry sherry
    a squeeze of lemon juice
    1 recipe herbed biscuits (see recipe below)

    Preparation:

    In a skillet, cook chicken in hot oil over medium-high heat for 4 to 5 minutes until no longer pink. Remove chicken and set aside.
    Add mushrooms, onion, and garlic in skillet.
    Cool, uncovered for 4 to 5 minutes until liquid is evaporated. Set aside.
    In a small bowl, stir together sour cream. flour, seasoned salt and pepper. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly.
    Add marjoram, basil, and oregano and lemon juice and cook for an additional minute. Add chicken and sherry and heat thoroughly.
    Serve over prepared warm herbed biscuits.

    Recipe for Herbed Biscuits

    1 3/4 cups packaged dry biscuit mix ( in Lincoln's time they wouldn't have mix but made biscuits from recipe)
    3 green onions, thinly sliced
    1/4 teaspoon oregano
    1/4 teaspoon marjoram
    1/4 teaspoon basil
    1/2 cup milk

    Stir together all ingredients just until dough clings together.
    On a lightly floured surface, knead dough 10 to 12 strokes.
    Roll to 1/2 inch thickness.
    Using a 2-inch biscuit cutter, cut dough into 12 biscuits.
    Re-roll and incorporate the trimmings.
    Arrange biscuits on an ungreased baking sheet.

    Bake at 425 degrees in oven for about 12 minutes or until golden brown.

    This from "A favorite Lincoln food: Chicken Fricassee with Biscuits", by Ana Kinkaid, Seattle Food Examiner dated Feb. 12, 2009.
     
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    I decided to bump this thread. It had recipe for President Lincoln's favorite, Chicken Fricassee with Biscuits. Maybe this be a good meal for supper tonight, Feb. 12th.
     
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    King Arthur reigned in Eschalot!

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    Thought bump this thread as had chicken fricassee recipe that Lincoln liked.
     
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    Are those mushrooms in the picture? Not listed in recipe
     
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    I just searched for the first available for free use photo of the title. :wink:
     

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