Classic British Faggots Recipe

British Faggots
British Faggots. Photo ©
  • 80 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 60 mins
  • Yield: Serves 4 (2 faggots each)
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Faggots are an old-fashioned British food and one that has sadly fallen out of favour in recent years. How lovely that there is a revival of interest in this humble meat dish. Possibly because they are so easy and cheap to make.

Traditionally Faggots are made from offal, usually pork, and from the bits of the animal that are generally discarded but now tend to just be the liver and possibly, the heart.  

Serve these delicious morsels with a bowl of light, fluffy, mashed poataoes and gravy.

What You'll Need

  • 4 oz./110g fatty pork shoulder, roughly chopped
  • 4 oz./110g pig's liver, roughly chopped
  • 8 oz./250g fatty belly pork, roughly chopped
  • 4 oz./110g bacon scraps
  • 4 oz./110g breadcrumbs
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon mace
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 2 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 2 sage leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 small red chili, de-seeded and finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste 
  • Caul fat or streaky bacon

How to Make It

Preheat the oven to 170C/445F/Gas 3

  • Mince all the roughly chopped meats in a hand mincer. If you do not have a mincer, then chop using a food processor but do take care not to over mix or you will create a mush, rather than a firm minced meat mix.
  • Place the minced meat into a large bowl. The, into the bowl, add the breadcrumbs,  the onion, the herbs, spices and a pinch of salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly.
  • Wet your hands under running cold water, then divide and roll the minced meat mixture into  8 evenly sized balls.
  • Wrap each ball in caul or streaky bacon making sure the caul or bacon overlaps and is secure. This wrapping is the container for the faggot and needs to be strong. The bacon or caul will seal the faggot as it cooks thus holding them together.
  • Place the faggots onto a baking sheet and bake in the hot oven for 50 to 60 minutes. Once cooked, remove from the oven and serve immediately. If you are not ready to eat the faggots then wrap in foil and keep warm.

What to Serve With Faggots

Traditionally, faggots are served hot from the oven with creamy, mashed potatoes, and peas, preferably mushy peas and lashings of rich, thick onion gravy. A delicious traditional food.

Notes on Classic British Faggots

Birmingham and the Midlands are considered the home of Faggots in Britain, but with the revival of Faggots, they are now eaten all over the UK. You will find them on many restaurant menus now, chefs love them are they provide a great basis for many variations on this the classic recipe above.

*What is Caul?

Caul is the membrane which holds in animal organs and it makes a good container for the faggots. If you can't get caul, then use strips of streaky bacon but if you ask your butcher (if you are lucky enough to have one) they may be able to find some for you.