The Ladies' Tea Guild

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

A good use for left-over biscuits and meat: Biscuit Sandwiches

modern sandwiches with biscuits and rolls. From
If you're like me, sometimes you buy dinner at good old KFC. They always give you biscuits with your meal, even if you don't ask for them, and in my house, the biscuits always end up being left over to the next day, by which time they're dry and getting stale. The following recipe is a good idea for using them up, since you could make the sandwiches right when you brought the biscuits home, and they would be ready for a midnight snack if you didn't eat them for dinner. They would be a quick thing to grab for lunch the next day, too.

“Biscuit Sandwiches.—Split some light soft milk biscuits (or small French rolls) and butter them. Cover the lower half thickly with grated ham, or smoked tongue; pressing it down upon the butter. Then put on the upper half or lid; pressing that on, to make it stick. Pile the biscuits handsomely in a pyramid upon a flat dish, and place among them, at regular distances, green sprigs of pepper-grass, corn-salad, water-cresses, or curled parsley, allowing four or six to each biscuit. Put in the sprigs between the upper and lower halves of the biscuits, so that they may stick out at the edges. To make more space for the grated ham, you may scoop out a little of the inside of the upper-half of each milk biscuit or roll. They should be fresh, of that day’s baking. This is a nice supper-dish.”
-- from Eliza Leslie’s The Lady’s Receipt-Book, 1847

It's fun that Mrs. Leslie even gives serving and garnishing directions. Who says the Victorians always ate food that modern people wouldn't like?

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Now stir the fire, and close the shutters fast,
Let fall the curtains, wheel the sofa round,
And, while the bubbling and loud-hissing urn
Throws up a steamy column, and the cups
That cheer but not inebriate, wait on each,
So let us welcome peaceful evening in.
-- William Cowper (1731-1800)
"The Winter Evening" (Book Four), _The Task_ (1784)