Chop fine one cup of cold, cooked, lean BEEF, half a cup of fat, half a cup of cold boiled or fried HAM; cold PORK will do if you have not the HAM. Also mince up a slice of onion. Season all with a teaspoonful of salt, half a teaspoonful of pepper, and a teaspoonful of powdered sage or parsley if liked. Heat together with half a cup of stock or milk; when cool add a beaten egg. Form the mixture into balls, slightly flattened, roll in egg and bread crumbs, or flour and egg. Fry in hot lard or BEEF drippings. Serve on a platter and garnish with sprigs of parsley. Almost any cold meats can be used instead of BEEF.
Directions The Whitehouse Cookbook, by Mrs. F.L. Gillette (Year 1887)