Pigeons A La Crapaudine

Cut the birds open down the back, and draw the legs through the skin

inside, as you would do a boiled fowl, then put into a roomy saucepan

some butter, a little parsley, thyme, shalots, and, if you can have

them, mushrooms, all chopped together very fine. Put the pigeons in

this, and let them sweat in the butter and herbs for about five minutes.

While they are warm and moist with the herbs and butter, cover them all

over with fine bread crumbs; sprinkle a little salt upon them, and boil

them on a slow fire. The sauce may be either of mushrooms or cucumbers,

made by sweating whichever you choose in butter till quite tender, then

adding a little gravy, cream, and flour.