1 roasting chicken
½ pound gammon
1 Spanish onion, quartered
1 bay leaf
12 button mushrooms, quartered
4 small carrots, thickly sliced
4 tablespoons butter
¼ pint dry white wine
1-2 tablespoons Madeira or brandy
½ ounce powdered gelatine
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs (parsley, chervil and tarragon)
Place chicken, gammon, quartered onion and bay leaf in a heatproof casserole just large enough to hold them. Moisten with about 1½ pints light chicken stock and simmer, covered until chicken and gammon are tender. Allow to cool in stock.
Cut chicken from bones and cut gammon into large dice. Place in an oval earthenware gratin dish or shallow terrine. Simmer quartered button mushrooms and sliced carrots in butter until tender. Drain and scatter over chicken and gammon.
Add ¼ pint dry white wine and 1 to 2 tablespoons Madeira or brandy. to the stock, and tri in gelatine which you have dissolved in a little water. Simmer for a moment, then strain. Correct seasoning; add chopped fresh herbs and pour over chicken and gammon pieces, adding more stock to cover. Allow to set. Serve gold from gratin dish or shallow terrine. A delicious first course, or light luncheon or supper dish.
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