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The Faggot

the faggots

Ok, so that title might seem at worst rather offensive and at best clickbait, but this article is about the famous British dish known as faggots, not the rather offensive American English slur for a homosexual. I’m glad we cleared that up!

What is a faggot?

Faggots are a kind of meat ball/meatloaf dish that originated in the UK in the 1700’s. It traditional uses offcuts and offal to make the meatballs, usually with pork, but with beef and other varieties available.

It is partiuc;atly popular in the south-west of England and south Wales. In Yorkshire and Lincolnshire faggots are inexplicably called ducks. Again we are still talking about the food not gays.

Why was it invented?

The faggot is another one of those traditional poor people foods. The main concept being eating everything from head to tail, ala waste nothing. This faggots were particularly popular during times of rationing.

You will still see butchers throughout the UK serving up their own variations of the faggot.

What’s in a name?

Obviously the name draws sniggers and I can remember it causing mucho hilarity as a child, such as amusingly saying your classmates favourite food was “faggots”. It was the 80s don’t judge. It is not known how it got the name, although it genuinely has no relation to the usage derived from American English. That being said British supermarket Sommerfields got into trouble for running an add with a guy saying he “has nothing against faggots, I just don;t fancy them”. They were fined.

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How to serve faggots?

They traditionally come with gravy and onions. Regional variations like to add peas to the mix.

Faggots in  fish and chip shops

I have previously written about how to eat Fish and Chips. One of the most interesting things about fish and chip shops is how they vary from region to region. Faggots are often served with gravy and chips in the chippers of the south-west of England and south Wales.

Mr Brains Faggots

What actually reminded me of faggots was seeing Mt Brains Faggots at Angkor Market in Siem Reap. This is the main brand of mass produced beef faggots. I purchased some and duly cooked them up in the microwave. Anything done in the microwave doesn’t beat fresh, but it was good hearty food with gravy. Gravy makes everything better.

Will they change their name?

With Uncle Ben’s the latest loss to the woke brigades war on words you’d be hard  pressed to see faggots survive the onslaught, even if the name did come before the slur…..

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