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hen With Side Dish


This is an excerpt from The Prince of Transylvania's Court Cookbook
(Hungary, 16th c.)
The original source can be found at MedievalCookery.com

Hen with side dish. Prepare it and wash it like you did before. Prepare the side dish: slice some bacon with parsley, put it in a pot, break some eggs into it, grate some bread inside, mix them together, add some saffron, black pepper and ginger, put it on a clean table with flour; make some slices, then stretch it, but they shouldn't be bigger than your finger. If you have no white bread, use flour only; but we only like it this way, they prepare it no other way. Boil it like I told you with the dumplings. If you want to make the side dish in a different way, put the mixture into hot water with a wooden spoon; once boiled and tender, put it next to the meat and add some saffron, black pepper and ginger. When serving it, put the side dish on top of the meat.

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