Mr Brain's Faggots

In every country there is a dish that internationally pretty much no one has heard of.

I was telling one of my Belgian friends that I picked up some faggots during my last trip to the British Shop and she was completely confused, bless her!

So what are Faggots?  A traditional dish that dates back to around 1850, they were originally eaten by agricultural workers in the west of England as they were cheap and nutritious.

During WWII they became more popular throughout the rest of Britain as well, probably for the same reasons.

The ingredients of faggots are meat offcuts and offal (lung, heart and liver) – mainly from pork (but sometimes lamb), which sounds pretty disgusting, but is really very tasty.

Homemade Traditional Faggot

The meat is all mashed up and formed into a kind of meatball, which you would typically serve with mashed potatoes, peas and an onion gravy.

Given the ingredients, I’ll be honest and say that I have never made faggots myself and have no plans to do so!

But I am a big fan of the Mr Brain’s variety that they sell is most shops in the UK with a freezer section*!

Seeing as I had some for lunch the other day, I thought I’d show you what they look like…

Mr Brain's Faggots

mmm meaty goodness – just don’t think about what’s actually in them.

So, what are dishes that you love that no one else has heard of?

*No, this isn’t sponsored!



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