Place the following ingredients in a large bowl and mix thoroughly with a
4 cups of unbleached flour
Dissolve the following in one cup of water:
1½ teaspoons of salt
Mix all ingredients well. Roll out dough ½-inch to 3/8-inch thick with a
rolling pin. Because original, issued hardtack was uniform, by far the best
results are obtained with a hardtack cutter. If a hardtack cutter is
unavailable, cut the dough into squares approximately 3 inches by 3
inches. Use a 1/8-inch diameter dowel to create sixteen holes in each
cracker in a 4 by 4 pattern. Best results are obtained using a hardtack
cutter instead of a dowel.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes at 450 degrees F. When done, let air-dry for
minimum of twenty-four hours, preferably more, before the crackers are
placed into a bag or sealed container. Yield: 9 to 11 crackers.
* Period hardtack contractors used a flour known as “cracker flour”, which
can be simulated by mixing one part pastry flour with three parts ordinary,
egg yolks, beaten and seasoned to taste
Butter or oil for frying
Take a brace of partridges [2 birds] that have been either roasted or
braised; cut them into quarters; dip them into beaten and seasoned yolks
of eggs; make some butter or friture [frying oil] perfectly hot in a frying
pan; put into it the birds, and do them over a moderately hot fire until they
are beautifully browned.
Leftover roast beef (eye round roast would be perfect)
Leftover boiled potatoes, cooled
Salt and pepper
Top and bottom pie crusts
Minced onion (optional)
Mushroom ketchup (optional--see recipe on "Soups & Sauces" page)
Fresh oysters (optional)
Fresh mushrooms (optional)
Butter a deep dish, and spread a sheet of paste [pie crust] all over the
bottom, sides, and edge. Cut away from your beef-steak all the bone, fat,
gristle and skin. Cut the lean in small thin pieces, about as large,
generally, as the palm of your hand. Beat the meat well with the
rolling-pin, to make it juicy and tender. If you put in the fat, it will make the
gravy too greasy and strong, as it cannot be skimmed.
Put a layer of meat over the bottom-crust of your dish, and season it to
your taste, with pepper, salt, and, if you choose, a little nutmeg. A small
quantity of mushroom ketchup is an improvement; so also is a little
Have ready some cold boiled potatoes sliced thin. Spread over the meat,
a layer of potatoes, and a small piece of butter, then another layer of
meat, seasoned, and then a layer of
potatoes, and so on till the dish is full and heaped up in the middle, having
a layer of meat on the top. Pour in a little water.
Cover the pie with a sheet of paste, and trim the edges. Notch it
handsomely with a knife.
Cold roast veal
Cut up equal quantity of cold roast veal and of sardines in long thin slices,
add a fifth of the weight [of the veal and sardines] of capers, flavour
plentifully with oil, vinegar, and chopped herbs. Serve on pieces of bread
about two inches square and half an inch thick, which has
previously been fried in butter. Serve cold.
PICKLED PIGS FEET
Boil until a straw can be run through them in water in which a little salt has
been thrown. Pack them in jars and pour over them a very strong vinegar,
with or without spices to suit the taste.
1 slice salt pork
1 slice bread
1 gill wine [about 1/2 c.]
4 ounces butter
Sweet marjoram, summer savoury, parsley, mixed and minced
1 or more bass, cleaned and scaled
Season high [heavily] with salt, pepper and cayenne one slice salt pork.
One slice of bread, one egg, sweet marjoram, summer savory and
parsley, minced fine and well mixed [with] one gill wine. Stuff the bass,
bake in the oven one hour. Thin slices of pork laid on the fish as it goes
into the oven; when done, pour over dissolved [melted] butter. Serve up
with stewed oysters, cra[n]berries, boiled onions or potatoes. The same
method may be observed with fresh Shad, Codfish, Blackfish and
Gizzard, drumstick and "rump" of turkey, cooked
Sauce: Turkey drippings
Prepared mustard, about 1 tsp.
1 tsp. to 1 tbs. flour and butter
1 tbs. lemon juice
1 tsp. soy sauce
Mix a little salt, black pepper, and Cayenne, and sprinkle the mixture over
the gizzard, rump and drumstick of a dressed turkey; broil them, and
serve very hot with this sauce: Mix with
some of the gravy out of the dish, a little made [prepared] mustard, some
butter and flour, a spoonful of lemon juice, and the same [amount] of soy.
Boil up the whole.
1 lb. pork
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 tbs. cloves
1/2 tbs. coriander seed
4 tbs. cold water
Note: The modern cook might want to reduce the amount of coriander
somewhat and substitute a teaspoon or so of sage, and possibly some
salt. Up to you, of course.
Chop a pound of good pork, fine. add half a teaspoonful of pepper, half a
spoonful of cloves, half a spoonful of coriander seed, and four
tablespoonfuls of cold water, Mix all well together, form them into small
cakes, and fry in a hot pan.
3 tsp. powdered sage
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
1 lb pork
Chop meat into cubes and mix spices through it well. Grind to desired
fineness. Can be formed into patties to eat immediately, or
stuffed into casings for later use. Keep in cool room or smokehouse.
PORK AND BEANS
1 quart beans
1 lb. pork
Baked beans are a very simple dish, yet few cook them well. They should
be put in cold water, and hung over the fire, the night before they are
baked. In the morning, they should be put in a colander, and rinsed two or
three times, then [put] again in the kettle with the pork you intend to bake.
Cover with water, and keep scalding hot, for an hour or more. A pound of
pork is quite enough for a quart of beans, and that is a large dinner for a
common family. The rind of the pork should be slashed. A little pepper
sprinkled among the beans, when they are laced in the bean-pot, will
render them less unhealthy. They should be just covered with water, when
put into the oven, and the pork should be sunk a little below the surface of
the beans. Bake three or four hours.
BOILED SALT PORK
Salt pork will shrink in cooking, so select a piece at least 1/3 larger than
seems necessary to feed your party. Place in kettle in water to cover and
bring to a boil. As soon as water is boiling pour it off, to remove the salt.
Pour on more boiling water at once. Boil very slowly, almost a simmer,
until done. When tender take it up, remove skin and bones, and dot it with
ground pepper. Serve with plain potatoes, turnips, and cabbage, each
boiled by itself.
BROWN FRICASSEED CHICKEN
1 or 2 chickens, cut up
Butter, salt, pepper and flour for frying
1 tsp. marjoram
1 tsp. sage, or other sweet herb to taste
3 tbs. butter for gravy
1 tbs. flour
Sliced onion (optional)
Sliced 1/2 lemon (optional)
Tomato catsup (optional)
Singe the chickens [to remove pinfeathers] and cut them in pieces.
Pepper, salt and flour them, fry them in fresh butter till they are very
brown. Take the chickens out, and make a good gravy, in to which put
sweet herbs (marjoram or sage) according to your taste. If necessary, add
pepper and salt. Butter and flour must be used in making the gravy, in
such quantities as to suit yourself for thickness and richness. After this is
all prepared, the chicken must be stewed in it, for half an hour, closely
covered. A pint of gravy is about enough for two chickens; I should think a
piece of butter about as big as a walnut, and a tablespoonful of flour,
would be enough for the gravy. The herbs should, of course, be pounded
and sifted. Some, who love onions, slice two or three, and brown them
with the chicken. Some slice a half-lemon and stew with the chicken.
Some add tomatoes catsup.
Red pepper to taste
long stick of green wood, or else metal roasting spit
Clean and skin rabbit, removing the head. Tie front and back paws to spit
with twine. Put over hardwood coals, not a raging fire. Roast, turning
often, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Note: parts of rabbit may get a bit crispy in spots
but this does not harm flavour and assures that meat is thoroughly
cooked. Season with cayenne pepper if desired.
SWEET TATERS AND POSSUM
1 possum (see instructions)
8 sweet potatoes
2 tbs. butter
1 tbs. sugar
4-6 strips bacon
1 tsp. thyme, marjoram or both
Pepper, red or black, ground
First catch a young fat possum. This in itself affords excellent sport on
moonlight nights in Fall. Remove the fur either by skinning or by soaking
the possum in hot lye water, being careful not to get any on the hands.
Clean, take off the head and feet (unless you want to cook it like whole
pig), and wash well. Salt the possum well inside and out and freeze
overnight either outdoors or in the refrigerator compartment. When ready
to cook, peel 8 sweet potatoes and boil them tender in slightly salted
water to which 2 tablespoons of butter and 1 tablespoon of sugar have
been added. At the same time, stew the possum tender in a tightly
covered pan with a little water. Arrange the potatoes around the possum,
strip with bacon, sprinkle with thyme or marjoram, or with pepper, and
brown in the oven. Baste often with the drippings. Served hot, it sure is a
"dish fo' a king".
1/2 pint water
4 tbs.. butter
1 tsp. flour
Heat water to boiling. While water is heating cream butter with flour.
(Mash together with fork until blended smooth.) Drop butter-flour mix in
water and boil until thickened. Stir to keep smooth.