Sunday, March 13, 2016

How to Make Allows of Beef

From Liber Cure Cocorum, c.1430 English manuscript written in verse:

For syrup. [Allows of beef.]
Take beef and slice it fair and thin,
Of the loins without or else within;
Take minced onions, and powder also
Of pepper, and suet and beef thereto
And cast thereon, roll it well,
Spit it across, so have you bliss;
And roast it brown as I teach you,
And take broth of fresh flesh then,
And mix it with bread ere you do more,
And minced onions you cast thereto,
With powder of pepper and cloves together;
Boil all together, as I teach you,
Then boiled blood you shall take;
Strain it through cloth, color it withal;
Then take your roast, and slice it clean
In the length of a finger; boil it anon
In the same broth; serve it you may
In a dish together I say.

My Redaction:

About 2.25 lbs shoulder steak
1 lg onion, minced fine
1 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp clove powder
1 C beef broth
1/2 C bread, crumbled

Trim fat from steak and fry it on low heat until it is rendered to suet. Remove solids.

Cut steak into thin strips, about 1/2" thick. Cover a counter top in plastic wrap and lay strips out with space between them.  Cover with an additional layer of plastic wrap, and pound flat with a mallet or empty bottle. Mix onion, suet, 1/2 tsp pepper, and salt, and spread on beef. Roll up into roulades and roast in a pan under a low broiler until browned (they may be rare in the center still - if that is not desired cook longer either under the broiler or switched to a high temp oven). Cook other ingredients together in saucepan until incorporated; sprinkle over roulades as a sauce.

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