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This section contains a selection of traditional recipes for snipe.  All recipes, unless noted otherwise, are genuine Kentucky and Southern recipes over 100 years old. They would have been familiar to the early residents of Old Louisville



After cleaning the snipe, remove skin and eyes from the head, draw it down to the legs and skewer the bill through the lower part of the legs; pin a thin slice of larding pork around each bird and string them on a skewer. Season with salt, cayenne and black pepper.  Roll the ends in melted butter or salad oil. Broil on either side 5 minutes. Serve on hot toast moisten with Maitre de Hotel butter. Garnish with watercress.

Roasted Snipe.

Prepare same as for broiling snipe. Roast 10 minutes in hot oven. Mince hearts and livers fine, adding 1 teaspoon butter, 1 teaspoon chives, salt and pepper. Spread slices of stale bread with this paste, a few fresh crumbs on top; set in hot oven 3 minutes. Place birds on this toast. Garnish with watercress. Serve gray in bowl. Plover, reed or woodcock, prepare same way.

Source: The Kentucky Receipt Book, 1903


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