Hart rows (recipe)

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Period Recipe

From the Forme of Cury.

Take þer mawe of þe grete Swyne. and fyfe oþer sex of pigges mawe. fyll hem full of þe self fars. & sowe hem fast, perboile hem. take hem up & make smale prews of gode past and frye hem. take þese prews yfryed & seeþ hem þicke in þe mawes on þe fars made after an urchoun withoute legges. put hem on a spyt & roost hem & colour hem with safroun & messe hem forth.


  • Hert rowce. Contents, Hart rows; other MSs identify this as "vrchons", "yrchons", or "hirchones".
  • the self fars The same filling used to make "pomme dorryse".
  • prews. Qu. V. in Gloss.
  • seeþ. There is a fault here; it means stick.
  • after, i. e. like.

Modern Recipe

Make slivers of dough in the form of hedgehogs' spines, and fry them lightly in grease or oil.

Take the stomachs of six or seven pigs, one larger than the rest. Stuff the stomachs with a mixture of ground pork, eggs, strong spice powder (likely including pepper and cloves), saffron, salt, and currants (the original raisin type). Sew the stomachs securely and parboil them. Stick them full of the bits of fried dough so that they look like hedgehogs without legs. Roast on a spit until done, coloring them with saffron in a thin batter (probably of eggs and flour).


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The historical version of this recipe was taken from the Project Gutenberg e-text of the Forme of Cury.