A Less Expensive Hare Soup*

Ingredients

  • Beef, 2 lbs.
  • hare, 1
  • water, 1 gallon
  • salt, 1½ oz
  • onions, 2
  • celery, 1 head
  • carrots, 3
  • bunch of savoury herbs
  • peppercorns, 1 teaspoonful
  • cloves, 6: 3 hours, or more.
  • Bread, 2 oz.
  • cayenne, arrow-root (if needed), 1 tablespoonful.

Method

Pour on two pounds of neck or shin of beef and a hare well washed and carved into joints, one gallon of cold water, and when it boils and has been thoroughly skimmed, add an ounce and a half of salt, two onions, one large head of celery, three moderate-sized carrots, a teaspoonful of black peppercorns, and six cloves.

Let these stew very gently for three hours, or longer, should the hare not be perfectly tender. Then take up the principal joints, cut the meat from them, mince, and pound it to a fine paste, with the crumb of two penny rolls (or two ounces of the crumb of household bread) which has been soaked in a little of the boiling soup, and then pressed very dry in a cloth; strain, and mix smoothly with it the stock from the remainder of the hare; pass the soup through a strainer, season it with cayenne, and serve it when at the point of boiling; if not sufficiently thick, add to it a tablespoonful of arrow-root moistened with a little cold broth, and let the soup simmer for an instant afterwards. Two or three glasses of port wine, and two dozens of small forcemeat-balls, may be added to this soup with good effect.

* The remains of a roasted hare, with the forcemeat and gravy, are admirably calculated for making this soap.

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