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Pullum Frontonianum

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Pullum frontonianum (chicken à la Fronto) is a dish from ancient Rome, found in Apicius, a cookbook from ancient Rome from the 4th or early 5th century, which allegedly written by Marcus Gavius Apicius. This is a fried chicken dish.

Ingredients Edit

Directions Edit

  1. Start to fry chicken and season with a mixture of liquamen and oil, together with bunches of dill, leek, saturei and fresh coriander.
  2. Cook approximately 1 hour with 220 °C in the oven.
  3. When the chicken is done, moisten a plate with defrutum, put chicken on it, sprinkle pepper on it, and serve.

Notes Edit

  1. Liquamen is salty fish sauce, a condiment derived from fish that have been allowed to ferment. This is one of the basics of Roman cooking, it is salty in flavour. There are various fish sauces available in oriental shops. Alternative: 1 tablespoon of salt dissolved in 100 ml (3½ fl oz) of wine.
  2. Saturei is a violet or white flowered kind of labiate plants which grows mainly in Southern Europe (Satureia hortensis). Used as a spice plant, especially for bean dishes. Alternative: dried rose petals.
  3. Defrutum is made by boiling down grape juice (called must) in large kettles until it had been reduced by at least half. The sweetest defrutum was further boiled down into an even stronger concentrate called sapa. This is a thick fig syrup. A recipe can be found here

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