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COCKS-COMBS - Defined

COCKS-COMBS—Called by the French "Cretes de coq" are the crests of the male domestic fowl cut off and blanched; used in cookery as parts of certain garnitures; are of no value as a flavor, but are valuable as pleasing the eye while the sauce tickles the palate; may be purchased at the large groceries already for use in bottles, generally mixed with the cocks kernels (Spanish fries).

Cocks Combs (to force).—Parboil some cocks' combs, then open them with the point of a small knife at the great end; take the white of a fowl, as much bacon and beef marrow, cut these small, and beat them fine in a marble mortar : season them with salt, pepper, and grated nutmeg, and mix it with an egg ; fill the cocks' combs and stew them in a little strong gravy gently for half an hour; then slice in some fresh mushrooms and a few pickled ones; then beat up the yolk of an egg in a little gravy, stirring it; season with salt. When they are done enough, dish them in little dishes or plates.

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