Food F aggots and Peas Thank Wales for this Tasty dish

What Wales Wants....Fantastic Faggots! Frogadau to you!

Wales is perhaps a surprising place to find fantastic food, but fantastic food it has. One of its tasty treats is the Faggot invented years ago by the thrifty Welsh to use up the offal from the pig. It was said that everything was eaten from the pig but the squeak.

I remember our neighbors pig being slaughtered and watching in amazement as everything was saved including the blood which was used to make Black Pudding. The head was boiled to make Brawn and the trotters and ears saved to be jellied as a wholesome supper time treat. My father always had pigs trotters on Friday night. The head was taken apart and the flesh set in a basin with jellied stock, spices and herbs to be left to set so that it could be sliced. The intestines were used to make sausages and chitterlings. The melt, kidneys and liver made into tasty "Fry" for a breakfast addition to the ubiquitous bacon and eggs breakfast.

Bacon was made by hanging in the smoke of the ever present fire. Indeed, man owes much to the wonderful pig. The joints of meat were cut up and some salted and cured as hams as there was little refrigeration in those days. Parts that you would rather not know about were made into tasty sausages.

Now for the delicious Faggots. Most Welsh butchers have their own secret recipes which are a closely guarded family secret. They also vary slightly from batch to batch but are basically a rough meatball made of offal. herbs spices wrapped up in the caul from the stomach lining. Sounds dreadful but take it from me they are quite delicious. I buy them from a butcher in Cardigan Market in West Wales and I have to get there early or they are sold out fast.

How to make Faggots

4 oz Pigs Liver

4 oz Melt (if available)

8 oz Belly Pork

4 oz of other scrap Pork meat

Caul or streaky bacon to wrap

4 oz Breadcrumbs .......Salt and Pepper to taste

1 medium Onion .......Fresh Parsley.....1 tbsp.chopped sage ,,,,1 tsp Allspice,,,,dash nutmeg

Dash of chilli pepper if liked,,,,,,,,Makes 8 Faggots

The Preparation

Heat oven to 450 F You need a large mixing bowl and a mincer/ food processor.

Mince all meats and chop the onions finely.

Place all ingredients in the mixing bowl and mix well. Make into 8 balls.

Wrap each ball in caul if available or more likely, streaky bacon, make sure the bacon seals the balls well to hold the faggot together. Place on a greased baking tray and bake in a hot oven for just under an hour until cooked through.

Traditionally the faggots are served with peas and mashed potatoes and gravy. In Wales the peas are Mushy Peas but that is another story. Bread and butter and a cup of good Welsh tea are the usual accompaniments. This is a good, cheap heartwarming dish and in our house it was eagerly anticipated at least once a week. Oh, and liver is good for you, so I've been told! Enjoy!







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lrohner 7 years ago from USA

Your hubs always bring a smile to my face, but Good Lord, who names the foods over there in the UK??? :)


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

You may well ask! That is one reason I put food food food in the title as some people were jumpimg to all sorts of conclusions. Remember we are a people divided by a common language as some sage said!


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RVDaniels 7 years ago from Athens, GA

Lost me on that one dear! Hubs good.


Judy 7 years ago

Delightful.


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rb11 7 years ago from Las Vegas

Of course here in the U.S. the main topic has a whole different meaning, but about the pig. Based on a medical documentary I saw the pig is used to filter human blood because their liver is highly efficient in this way. This leads me to believe that the majority of the pigs parts should be pretty clean even though the exterior of the pig is kind of stinky.

Regards


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emohealer 7 years ago from South Carolina

I know where to make dinner reservations now. Looks and sounds delicious, Thank You!


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hi RV Glad you liked the hub on Welsh food.

Thanks, Judy

Hi rb11 Interesting about the pig. Thanks for the input


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hi emohealer welcome and thanks for the comment. You won't go wrong with Welsh food.


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kiran8 7 years ago from Mangalore, India

Thanks a lot :)


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

You are so welcome, kiran8


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Alexander Mark 7 years ago from beautiful, rainy, green Portland, Oregon

Gross! Ha ha, it does sound tasty. Any meat you mix with onions gets an A+ from me. But if I had to choose, I'll take the pie with fish heads sticking out. Great story to go with recipe again - love it.


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Not Telling 7 years ago from Eastern Nowhere

Another tasty hub, Gypsy! Now I have to to - I'm hungry!


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hi Alexander, I know you would love them. Bought hot and tasty, sitting on the harbor wall eating them with a wooden fork looking out to sea. Can't be beat! Thanks for the comment

Hi Not Telling, glad to have an opinion! Bon appetit!


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Feline Prophet 7 years ago from India

Another enlightening hub GW! I recently came across faggots and peas in an Agatha Christie TV film where the finicky Poirot is served the dish by the very English Inspector Japp...Poirot's face when he heard its name was a sight! :P


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hi FP that is so funny! I can just imagine the scene. I had to be persuaded to take a first bite. They are very tasty though!


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Jodi Hoeksel 7 years ago

This is super yummy! I so enjoy your recipe's!


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Thanks, Jodi. You are in the right place to find these, have you tried them yet?


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Jodi Hoeksel 7 years ago

I have and this is delightful! Though, my body is too sensitive to enjoy as a life-style of enjoyment. I eat more a green diet, yet treat myself to these delicacies! :)


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

I'm with you there, Jodi, Every now and then as a treat is enough for me too. Most of my recipes are from my childhood and we eat differently these days. I do feel they are worth writing about before they disappear altogether.


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Joy At Home 7 years ago from United States

Always looking for ways to use up odds and ends. Great hub!


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Thanks, Joy. This is certainly a tasty one. Thanks for stopping by


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AllMomNeeds2know 7 years ago

Yum, another delicious looking dish, but the pig is so cute. I think it's great that they use every part, not wasting anything. If I had to do anything but buy meat in a package I think I'd at most eat fish. Thanks for another delicious receipe!


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

You are so right, every time I watch"Babe"I feel the same way! Thanks for the visit.


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dragonbear 6 years ago from Essex UK

Food of the gods! Never thought of making them though! Brains Faggots are the best I've had, other than a small fish and chip shop down in Plymouth, Devon - they made their own, delicious!


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

I do agree dragonbear. These parts most people shudder at are often the tastiest. Thanks for dropping by.


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WriteAngled 6 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

We have lovely faggots at local butcher here in Treorci. I'll just carry on eating them without thinking too hard about what's inside :)) Oh yes, as far as my love is concerned (originally from Pen y Graig and now returned to his roots with me), mushy peas are the only acceptable accompaniment. It's no hardship for me. I migrated here after many years in Nottingham, where mushy peas are also a big feature. At the Goose Fair, they have mushy pea stalls where you eat them alone, or just with some pepper and/or mint sauce added.


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

I LOVE mushy peas! I eat them as often as I can when in the UK. Just saw this hub may be flagged as ADULT ! Whatever next!


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ladylux 6 years ago

Looks good. And I just may have the ingredients to make them in my freezer!! Thanks for the hub.


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

ladylux thanks for dropping by. Hope you enjoy them.


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Juliette Morgan 6 years ago

Nothing like a good faggot 'n' mushy peas - these US residents are so squeamish!! I also love sweet-breads, pan-fried in sherry, but what do you expect from an Anthony Hopkins fan who worships fava beans and a good glass of chianti - great adult hub, thanks, I've shown my I.D. to get in.


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Glad you showes your pass to enter this naughty site! We have very similar tastes! Thanks for entering this adult site.


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De Greek 6 years ago from UK

Angel FAce, sorry but you lost me at "4 oz of other scrap Pork meat". I think I'll pass, thank you :D


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hey Dimitiris, I know you love to cook but making these is best left to the expert. Take my word for it the end result is delicious but making them is not for the squeamish! Thanks for dropping by any how, sorry to disappoint! :(


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

I find your Hub quite interesting. It is good to see the Welsh brooked no waste.

As for this dish, after reading the ingredients I just couldn't. :D


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Gypsy Willow 4 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Oh go on James! Where is your sense of adventure?


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Knowledge-Broker 4 years ago

I got hungy just reading about this recipe. I like hearing about the heritage of recipies as well. Anything wrapped in bacon that is edible is good to me. I can imagine the spices and onions add a delicious taste to this combination. Voted up and awesome!


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Gypsy Willow 4 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Thanks Knowledge-Broker. Food doesn't come much tastier than this! Hope you get to taste it one day.

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