To Roast a Pig

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The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy

By Hannah Glasse

Published 1747

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Spit your Pig and lay it to the Fire, which must be a very good one at each End, or hang a flat Iron in the Middle of the Grate. Before you lay your Pig down, take a little Sage shred small, a Piece of Butter as big as a Walnut, and a little Pepper and Salt; put them into the Pig and few it up with coarse Thread, then flour it all over very well, and keep flouring it till the Eyes drop out, or you find the Crackling hard. Be sure to save all the Gravy that comes out of it, which you must do by letting Basons or Pans under the Pig in the Dripping-pan, as soon as you find the Gravy begin to run. When the Pig is enough, stir the Fire up brisk; take a coarse Cloth, with about a Quarter of a Pound of Butter in it, and rub the Pig all over till the Crackling is quite crisp, and then take it up. Lay it in your Dish, and with a sharp Knife cut off the Head, and then cut the Pig in two, before you draw out the Spit. Cut the Ears off the Head and lay at each End, and cut the Under-Jaw in two and lay on each Side: Melt some good Butter, take the Gravy you saved and put into it, boil it, and pour it into the Dish with the Brains bruised fine, and the Sage mixed all together, and then send it to Table.