Chop rather coarsely the remains of vegetables left from a boiled dinner, such as cabbage, parsnips, POTATOES, etc.; sprinkle over them a little pepper, place in a Saucepan or frying pan over the fire; put in a piece of butter the size of a hickory nut; when it begins to melt, tip the dish so as to oil the bottom and around the sides; then put in the chopped vegetables, pour in a spoonful or two of hot water from the tea-kettle, cover quickly so as to keep in the steam. When heated thoroughly take off the cover and stir occasionally until well cooked. Serve hot. Persons fond of vegetables will relish this dish very much.
The Whitehouse Cookbook, by Mrs. F.L. Gillette (Year 1887)