Taste from the past – Chicken Pie from 1886

(Excerpts transcribed from Daily Mountain Eagle, Jasper, Alabama, January 6, 1886)



Stew chicken till tender, season with one-quarter of a pound of butter, salt, and pepper; line the sides of a pie-dish with a rich crust, pour in the stewed chicken, and cover loosely with a crust, first cutting a hole in the centre. Have ready a can of oysters; heat the liquor, thicken with a little flour and water, and season with salt, pepper, and butter the size of an egg. When it comes to a boil, pour it over the oysters, and about twenty minutes before the pie is done lift the top crust and put them in.

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