Cowheel is the fatty cartilage from around a beast's heel. Chunks are boiled, and form a sweet, mucilaginous gravy.
Original Receipt in 'Modern domestic cookery, and useful receipt book' by Elizabeth Hammond (Hammond 1819)
Boil till tender, (save the liquor they were boiled in, and use it for making soup), and serve with melted butter, mustard, and vinegar; or parsley and butter.
Or, having cut the heel into four parts, dip them in yolk of egg, strew grated bread over them, and fry of a nice brown in. dripping: fry sliced onions, lay them in the middle of the dish, and the heel round it.
Original Receipt in 'The Cook and Housekeeper's Dictionary' by Mary Eaton (Eaton 1822);
COW HEELS. These are very nutricious, and may be variously dressed. The common way is to boil, and serve them in a napkin, with melted butter, mustard, and a large spoonful of vinegar. Or broil them very tender, and serve them as a brown fricassee. The liquor will do to make jelly sweet or relishing and likewise to give richness to soups or gravies. Another way is to cut them into four parts, to dip them into an egg, and then dredge and fry them. They may be garnished with fried onions, aud served with sauce as above. Or they may be baked as for mock turtle.
Original Receipt in 'The Lady's Companion, 1753 (Lady's Companion 1753);
A Cow-Heel Pottage.
PUT in your Pot ſeven or eight Pounds of Buttock of Beef, a Lot of Mutton cut in two, three or four Pounds of a Leg of Veal, and the Knuckle of a Ham j put your Pot over the Stove till the Meat ſticks a little to it, then pour out ſome Broth without Fat; put in alſo a Fowl, and an old Partridge, ſome Carrots, Parſnips, Turnips, and a Bunch of Sellery, and let it boil ſlowly: Then boil your Cow-Heel, and finiſh the doing of it in a litde Braze, that is, in a good Seaſoning; when all is ready take the Crusts of French Rolls, and put them into a Stew-pan, ſtrain ſome clear Broth upon them, take off all the Fat, and let them ſoak and ſimmer awhile over the Stove; then put it into the Soop-Diſh, with, your Cow-Heel upon it. Laſtly, fill it up with Broth, and ſerve it very hot. Let it be well boiled.
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