Faggots with onion gravy

Faggots with onion gravy

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(24 ratings)

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 1 hr, 30 mins


Serves 8
Made from pork shoulder and pigs liver, meatball-like faggots are a blast from the thrifty past - serve with mashed potatoes

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal208
  • fat5g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs14g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre2g
  • protein26g
  • salt1.2g


  • little oil, for the tin
  • 170g pack sage & onion stuffing mix (we used Paxo)
  • 500g pack diced pork shoulder
  • 300g pig liver
  • ½ tsp ground mace

For the gravy

  • 2 onions, thinly sliced



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

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  • 2 tsp sugar



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  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsp plain flour
  • 850ml beef stock
  • handful chopped parsley



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

  • mash and veg, to serve (optional)


  1. Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Lightly oil a very large roasting tin. Tip the stuffing mix into a large bowl, add 500ml boiling water, stir and set aside.

  2. Pulse the pork in a food processor until finely chopped. Add the liver and pulse again. Add to the stuffing with the mace, 1 tsp salt and plenty of black pepper. Stir well. Shape the mixture (it will be very soft) into 24 large faggots and put in the prepared tin.

  3. To make the gravy, fry the onions in the oil until starting to turn golden. Add the sugar and continue cooking, stirring frequently, until caramelised. Tip in the vinegar and allow to sizzle. Mix the flour with a couple of tbsp water. Pour the stock into the onions, then add the flour paste and cook, stirring constantly, until smooth and starting to thicken. When it is thick, pour into the tin with the faggots, cover with foil and bake for 1 hr until cooked through. Serve sprinkled with parsley, with mash and a veg, if you like.

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Alison Leake's picture
Alison Leake
30th Jul, 2020
I have made this a lot and when I make them I just use the paxo stuffing dry and it makes a great faggot, not too soft. My Grandchildren love them, but I just call them meatballs! they are Canadian so just wouldn't understand "faggots" I make 12 at a time and they are exactually like Mr. Brains. Thank you for a taste from home.
Sally Vincent's picture
Sally Vincent
10th Jul, 2020
great recipe! made a few batches as they have become a family favourite
Richard Anderson's picture
Richard Anderson
1st Oct, 2019
As an expat one of the things I could not get and missed from England was Faggots. This recipe is the closest thing to 'Brains Faggots' I have tasted. They are delicious, and not difficult to make.My entire family loved them. We are now impressing our Kiwi friends with Faggots and mash.
Yorkie1965's picture
13th Jul, 2019
I made these for the wife as she normally bought a well known brand as I never liked them, until I made them. The wife said there the best she’d ever had, served with a creamy mash, veg and onion gravy. And as I’m a Yorkshire man I had to have Yorkshire puddings as well. Well worth the effort to make these from fresh.
4th Jan, 2017
Delicious recipe just tasted how we had faggots when I was young, definitely be cooking again,
2nd Apr, 2013
Great recipe to get kids to eat liver! I did only use half the weight in liver suggested though because of the comments saying they were too livery! Onion gravy was really yummy, though I pureed it for the kids so it was nice and smooth. Served with mash pots and peas like in the photo! It went down a treat with my lot and it is so filling! I served 2 faggots each for myself and the kids and my hubbie had 3! Should come with a yummieness warning! Thanks Good Food for a hearty warming dinner/tea! Left overs ready to freeze!
carolestevens11's picture
12th Feb, 2013
They reheat from frozen even yummier than when fresh. 3 doesn't sound a lot but trust me it is especially when served with mash and veg. Such a cheap meal to make will certainly be making again and again.
18th Dec, 2012
I have made these many times as husband and son love 'em. Always leave out the pigs liver though as I'm a veggie and while I don't mind cooking meat, I draw the line at offal. I add an egg as a binder instead. Was surprised how well they reheat from frozen.
15th Nov, 2012
I hated these! I followed the recipe to the letter but they were so strong. My husband said they were okay but not to make them again. I think that says it all.
14th Nov, 2012
I Made these after seeing the recipe in good food magazine. My Fiancee is always asking me to buy them and i won't as i the kind of ingredients that go into the shop bought faggots. The recipe was easy to follow and make, although i struggled to find mace. The flavour is lovely and everyone including kids loved them. They also freeze and reheat really well. Will definately make again.... very tasty!! yum!


21st Nov, 2016
Can you replace the pig liver with chicken liver? I am struggling to find pig liver! Thanks
goodfoodteam's picture
28th Nov, 2016
Thanks for your question, we haven't tested this recipe with other livers and swapping will change the flavour. However, if you don't mind a bit of variation from the original recipe you could try calf or chicken liver. All have their own distinct flavour (pork is a little stronger). Let us know how you get on.
Lance Potter
25th Jun, 2017
Make sure you don't pulse the pork too much, as you will get your hands covered in juices when you squeeze the faggots!
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