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Oxford Companion to Food

Oxford Companion to Food

By Alan Davidson

Published 2014

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faggot (the word means a bundle of sticks), in Britain, is a term for a simplified form of sausage, easier and quicker to make at home than a proper one. A mixture of pork offal—liver, lungs, spleen, etc.—fat, breadcrumbs, onions, and flavourings to taste is parcelled in squares of caul (the fatty membrane around the intestines). The parcels are packed into a tin and baked, and may be eaten hot or cold. Mason with Brown (1999) observe that ‘an early use of the word [faggot] is found in Mayhew (1851) and, a few years later, faggots were dismissed as a produce of “cheap pork butchery” ’, but they must date from long beforethat.