Faggots are meat patties made in Lincolnshire and Yorkshire from ground meat that is bound together with breadcrumbs, seasoned with onion and sage, and wrapped in caul fat before cooking.
The meat used comes mostly from parts of the pig considered offal -- lungs, heart, and liver.
The caul fat not only helps further to bind it together, but also bastes it during cooking.
Faggots are served with mashed potato, mushy peas and gravy (generally onion gravy.)
You can buy them at butchers, already cooked; you just heat them up at home in the onion gravy.
People either love them in spite of what they are made from, or hate the very thought of them.
By 2004, though, Ofcom (the UK government agency called "Office of Communications), upholding radio listener complaints about promotion of the special week, decided to ban ads for it after some listeners complained about the use of the word "faggot". [Ed.: The derogatory sense of the word "faggot" -- meaning gays -- is generally considered an American slang term; the British term tended to be "poofter".]
Literature & Lore
Williams, Dale. Save our faggots! Birmingham Evening Mail. 12 July 2004.
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