Crepes are a recurring feature of this book. They were probably at the time, and still are to this day, one of the icons of French culinary decadence. I had been eyeing this dish for a while and realizing that I had virtually all the ingredients and a free afternoon, decided to try it. The veal along with its mushroom, shallot and sherry topping was delicious. To be honest, I kind of felt that the crepe really was a third wheel to the party and I had a hard time marrying the two in my mouth. Still, if nothing else, this dish taught me a simple and delicious topping for meats.
Requiring a full pound of butter, this is one of the most decadent dishes amongst a pantheon of excess in the Mary and Vincent Price cookbook. Very light, rich fish dumplings that have been gently poached and then smothered in a rich creamy sauce Americaine made from white wine, tarragon, shallots, and hollandaise. The sauce would be perfect accompaniment for a moules frites dinner but I probably wouldn’t repeat the the fish dumplings again.
It’s been a while since I made this one, but if memory serves me, it was a lot of preparation for what ended up being kind of fish and shallot mush. Tasty but I could have gotten roughly the same results without much of the fuss. However, I used frozen pre-skinned boneless sole fillets. So, obviously that had a huge impact on the finished product. But at the end of the day, would I try this with whole fish one day? Probably not. There’s probably thousands of recipes that combine sole, shallots and white wine. So, there’s always something else to try.
I have been looking forward to trying this dish almost from the moment I first opened this book. “Sauce Diable,” or Devil’s Sauce, combining Red Wine, White Wine, and Cognac. This sounded like my type of fare. It all came out tasting a little muddy however. And considering the effort it took to bone the Cornish Hens and then stuff them, let alone all the other preparations for the dinner, it just wasn’t a very big payoff.
This is a really great chicken dish. The white wine sauce with beef stock, mushrooms, ham, and tarragon is richly satisfying. I actually found that trying to individually wrap the chicken in paper a little cumbersome and made it difficult to scrap off all the delicious sauce . It also didn’t necessarily have that haute-cuisine look that it think it was supposed to, but I think that takes a bit of skill in the presentation. Great dish for comfort food dinners.
I have done this soup a couple of times and always enjoy the result. It’s quite unlike any French Onion Soup I have come across in either North America or France but it is quite delightful and unique. Generally, I find French onion soups to have large chunks of onion, but in this one the onion is minced, essentially liquifying the onions and making the soup more of a broth. The white wine paired with the bacon fat is a delicious combination that just dances across the taste buds. Personally, I find that bacon fat is better used fresh. For some reason whenever I try to store it, it always tastes stale. I would also caution not to use too much of the bacon fat in the recipe or it could over power the soup and make it also a little oily to the palette. Success.
This was a very rich dish, particularly because of the fried pieces of toast. Tasty but very salty. I don’t think I would have cause to make this recipe again but it was pleasant enough for an evening dinner.