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Ebo  •  Link

A neat is a "common domestic bovine," according to Merriam-Webster.

According to http://www.victorianlondon.org/cassells/cassell... , "The feet are mostly sold so nearly cooked as only to require a warming-up; but the substance of neat's feet consists of so little else besides gelatine and bone (the oil, strong in flavour, being extracted in their preparation), that we consider them more fit to enrich other dishes - soups, stews, fricassees, &c.- than to be served as a dish by themselves."

Bill  •  Link

To fry NEATs Feet.
Boil your Neats Feet and blanch them, split them; then fry them in clarified Butter, or take out the Bones and fry them in Butter with a little Salt, and some strong Broth; when you have fry’d them a little, put in some Mint, Thyme and Parsley shred small, and some beaten Pepper, beat the Yolks of Eggs, Mutton-gravy, Vinegar, the Juice of Lemons, or Orange and Nutmeg, pour the Sauce upon it, and serve it up.
---The Cook's and Confectioner's Dictionary. J. Nott, 1733.

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