I never used to like Faggots after I had the famous brand named ones, they sell in the Store. But a recent cooking program about Wales has made me want to make my own. I know what goes into them that way, and they may just be as yummy as some people claim. My boyfriend says he loves them. So there is another reason for me to make them.
250g Minced Pork
250g Minced Pigs Liver
1 finely diced Onion
1tsp fresh chopped Thyme
a few gratings of Nutmeg
a pinch of hot Paprika
1 pinch of Sage
1 level tsp sea salt
lots of fresh ground Pepper
Mix all the ingredients together and leave to sit for 10 minutes.
The mixture is quite sticky so to shape it into balls, I used a dessert spoon that is dipped in cold water. Place the faggots straight onto a greased baking Sheet. Preheat the Oven to 200C and bake for 20 minutes.
Meanwhile I made a the Stout Gravy.
500ml Rich Chicken Stock (or Pork Stock if you can get it)
1 tbs Flour mixed with water
a splosh of Worcester Sauce
2-3 Spring onions, finely Chopped
a couple of sprigs of fresh Thyme (leafs only)
Bring the Stock and Stout to a boil and stir in the Flour Sloshy. Season with the Thyme, Ketchup and Worcester sauce and add the Spring Onions. Simmer for a few minutes while stirring.
Arrange the Faggots in a Crock Pot and pour over the Gravy. Reheat everything in the Oven and serve with Mashed Potato and Mushy Peas or Green Veg, or both.
Verdict. I love them!