Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the frog legs and brown lightly on both sides, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer the frog legs to a platter and set aside.
Add the flour to the oil. Stirring constantly for 4 to 5 minutes, make a medium brown roux, the color of peanut butter.
Add the onions, bell peppers, celery, salt, and cayenne. SautÈ for 3 to 4 minutes, or until wilted. Add the bay leaf and thyme. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes and Tabasco. When the mixture begins to bubble, reduce the heat to medium. Simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 25 to 30 minutes. Lay the frog legs in the sauce and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, basting with the sauce. Sprinkle with the lemon juice and add the parsley.
Remove the bay leaves, and serve.
Yield: 2 servings
Chicken or Rabbit Sauce Piquante
Substitute 1 pound boneless chicken or rabbit. Cut the meat into 2-inch cubes. Brown the meat and proceed with the recipe, cooking the meat for 15 to 20 minutes.