Teal, like woodcocks and thrushes, are not eviscerated, but fried with their legs and heads. Pluck
Teal have large livers, which may be removed, chopped fine, and fried together with the birds. If the liver is used, arrange the ducks in the middle of the platter, and garnish with sippets spread with the finely chopped cooked liver. Pour on the sauce.
*Svisteli appears to be a dialect word for svistunok (Anas crecca), the name deriving from the bird’s distinctive whistling cry. Although teal are larger than woodcocks and thrushes, in the nineteenth century, teal was a common term for several species of small freshwater ducks. Here
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