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      16.09.2012 16:39
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      Lovely!

      One thing that I love is faggots ....well to be more precise these Mr Brains Faggots. They're always been a favourite food of mine and although I like faggots they are the only brand I will eat and I don't even like the ones from the butchers!

      The Packaging:

      They come in a bright yellow box with a photograph of the faggots on the front and the back of the box and we are told of course that they are Mr Brain's 4 Pork Faggots and that they are Rich and Tasty In A West County Sauce 'A firm family favourite since 1925' and then on the other sides of the box we are told a little bit about the product and the ingredients used are listed, there is a full nutritional chart stated as well as heating guidelines, the weight is also given which is 478g and contact details for the manufacturer are also given. The faggots come in a silver foil tray with cardboard over and all in all this is decent quality packaging and not too much of it!

      The Faggots:

      Well these are best cooked from frozen and you can either oven cook them in the tray they come in which takes between 45-50 minutes or microwave them in a microwavable dish which takes about 13 minutes and me I've cooked them both ways and I can't taste any difference so nowadays I simply microwave them for quickness.

      What you get is four rather large, thick and round faggots which are made from pork and onions in the main and come in a nice thickish light brown gravy. The faggots are soft and rather mushy, taste of pork and are rather well seasoned with lots of slithers of onions in them and a small flavour of sage.

      These are easy to cook, lovely to eat and come with plenty of the richly flavoured gravy which I appreciate. They don't taste greasy though do contain lard and pork fat as well as a few other things but for me, well they make up a quick meal and at about a £1.00 for a box of four of them they are rather economical as well. They contain 280kcals and 5.5g saturated fat so they pretty high in the fat steaks but ok as an occasional meal for me!

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        11.10.2011 20:04
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        Worth the time it takes to find and cook them!

        As a family we like foods that we can cook and everyone will enjoy - Mr Brain's faggots is one of those meals! In our house we serve them as a mid week roast with roast potatoes, a selection of vegetables and a rich gravy.

        Mr Brain's faggots have been delighting families since 1925 when Herbert Hill Brain, a butcher from Bristol began making them, and they have truly stood the test of time since then.

        Served with a rich West Country sauce, these meaty faggots are made from pork and maize, amongst other things, and are oven cooked to produce a warming, comforting family meal.

        We find these faggots soft and rich with never any gristle. They cook evenly and melt in te mouth. Although there is a good amount of seasoning and spice in the faggots themselves, even my husband who doesn't eat spicy food AT ALL finds them very enjoyable. The sauce is rich and thick with more of a meaty old-fashioned consistency than regular gravy granuals. Both my children also love these, are they are easy to eat with a fork or spoon and there are no nasty lumps to put the young one off!

        Mr Brain's faggots come in packs of 2, 4 or 6 to accommodate any size of family. I found a pack of 4 recently at my local Sainsbury's for approx £1.25 per pack of 4.
        These take a fair amount of time to cook, but are well worthy the wait!

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          12.02.2011 21:15
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          Traditional but disappointing

          Mr Brain's Pork Faggots in a West Country Sauce. The sound of it is meant to take you back. "Mr Brain's", note and not simply "Brain's". We are in an age of formality and respect for one's place in society. The 1920's, perhaps. Indeed the potted history on the back of the pack tells us that these faggots were "First made by Herbert Hill Brain, a butcher from Bristol" and that they are "A firm family favourite since 1925". So there we have proof of the connection with both the West Country and the 1920's. There is a serving suggestion on the front of the packet showing two faggots on a plate with mashed potato and peas. A message reinforced on the back of the pack where we read they are "Great with mashed potato and peas". The whole design is evocative of days gone by with its use of decorative borders and trompe l'oeil banners.

          So a lot of effort has gone into presentation, but how good are the contents? First may I mention a bit of personal history of my own. My own memory of faggots takes me back not to the 1920s but to the 1960s and my grandmother who would buy them from Cardiff market, so Welsh rather than West Country. My abiding memory is of a rich smelling and tasty dish with plenty of texture. So, on seeing the Brain's pork faggots on offer at Iceland at just 88 pence for six, this was my cue to try and recapture a childhood memory and an opportunity to persuade my children to try something new to them. These would be frozen of course rather than fresh but I did hope that the taste would at least approximate to those my taste buds could still remember from nearly half a century ago.

          Preparation is simple at 45 to 55 minutes in an oven preheated to Gas Mark 8, although it is also possible to microwave them after transferring to a microwavable dish first. I served them with rice rather than mashed potato as a concession to family preferences and sat back waiting for the complements to flow. I didn't have to wait long but they were not the complements I had been hoping for. "A bit tasteless". "Squidgy and slimy". "The sauce is OK but I don't like these round things". Not convinced, I tried my own plateful. Well the sauce isn't too bad without being exceptional; I would call it gravy rather than sauce. The faggots themselves have a gelatinous consistency with a slight livery taste. With a suitable accompaniment of greens and a staple such as potato or rice they could make a cheap dinner. Without it they are simply not filling enough.

          A glance at the contents is quite revealing. No less than 62% is sauce so only 38% can be faggots. The sauce contains lard, which is good for flavour but possibly not for your arteries, and also E150C as colouring. (E150C is also known as confectioner's caramel.) The main ingredients of the faggots themselves are water, rusks and rehydrated pork rinds. Only 4% is pork although 15% is pork liver at least, with an unstated proportion of pork fat. By my calculation you get less than a teaspoon of pork in each faggot. Mostly you are getting a kind of boiled pork scratching!

          So where does the word faggot come from? Apart from its use to mean a bundle of sticks used for firewood or as an unpleasant term of abuse for gay men, it seems that butchers would traditionally use off-cuts, fat and offal (the fag ends?) together with herbs, onions, breadcrumbs or potato to form meat balls sold as faggots. Always a cheap dish they became especially popular during the period of food rationing that started during the Second World War. With the miserly pork content of his faggots it seems Mr Brain, his heirs and successors might believe this rationing is still in force.

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            07.12.2010 19:02
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            6 faggots in a gorgeous tangy gravy

            My Nan used to make the best faggots in the world, then top them with home made gravy. Sadly this is no longer the case so I'm on to the second best, Brains Faggots.

            Firstly I don't think they have the best name in the world, 'Brains Faggots'. It gives the impression that they are actually made of brains, which of course they aren't. They are actually made of pork, pork liver and pork rind.

            Thankfully they come from the freezer in packs of 6, perfect for my 3 person family. Of course if there are 4 of you then you have a problem! But I have also seen them in packs of 4 in limited places and scarcely the packs of 2 anymore.

            Perfectly easy to cook, you take them out of the freezer and chuck them in the oven for 45 minutes, not forgetting to turn the cooker on of course.
            Not too much smell invades the kitchen; I think this is because you don't take the cardboard lid of the packet so there's no way of the smell escaping. When the lid is taken off they it escapes, a warm meaty smell that tickles the nostrils.

            Taking the lid off is now a slight disappointment if you've had them before as I'm sure they used to be bigger. Within is what looks like 6 big meatballs surrounded by a decent amount of thick looking gravy.

            The texture of the faggots are, for want of a better word, squidgy. Theres no real thick texture like there is with a standard meatball. Perhaps this is why they are best with mashed potato!
            The flavour is quite lovely, a real meatiness with subtle herbs. Its difficult to discern it as pork though, perhaps because of the gravy.

            The best part is definitely the gravy, it's the perfect consistency, not too thin, but no so thick its like jelly. And forget Bisto this is the best gravy ever made.
            The over-riding taste is pure meatiness, a subtle taste of herbs and a tang of black pepper that compliment rather than overpower. My only complaint is that there isn't enough of it.

            These only get eaten with mashed potato in our house, the two make it perfect to mash up on a thick slice of bread. Brains faggots are the ultimate comfort food, and definitely the best thing for these horribly cold days when all you fancy is something warm, stodgy and delicious.

            Always on offer at Tescos for £1 for 6


            Ingredients
            Water, Pork 11% (Pork Liver, Pork), Pork Rind, Rusk, Onion, Wheatflour, Lard, Salt, Modified Waxy Maize Starch, Tomato Purée, Flavourings, Colour (E150c), Sugar, Herbs, Spices

            Nutritional Info - per 2 faggots
            Calories - 242
            Sugar - 4.3g
            Fat - 12.5g
            Saturates - 5.9g
            Salt - 2.3g

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              21.02.2010 08:32
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              Not something i would buy again

              If a year ago someone said to me that I would be eating this product I wouldn't of believed them. I was a vegetarian as a child, none of the rest of my family were but for some reason I just didn't like the texture or taste of meat. I remember when my mum used to buy these and I have never had any desire to try them.

              My partner loves faggots, for reasons im not entirely sure about, I will now eat them on occasions but after a couple of mouth fulls they do taste (to me) slightly fowl. Im not sure if it is just this brand or faggots in general that taste this way as I have never seen or tried another brand before.

              I would say the product is a little bit like marmite, you love it or hate it. We never realised exactly what was in them (although I knew it wouldn't be good) it was a case of what you don't know cant hurt you, that is until I went to write this review, what I read has truly mortified me. I can safely say I will not be buying faggots again.

              If you really love your faggots then I suggest you stop reading now.....

              Ingredients -
              West Country Sauce (62%) contains water, lard, wheat flour, modified maize starch, tomato puree, salt, colour E150c, yeast extract, sugar, onion flavour and spice and herb extracts.
              Pork Faggots (38%) contains water, rusks, rehydrated pork rind, pork liver (15%), onion, pork (4%), pork fat, wheat flour, salt, sage and spice extracts.

              Now I know that what is in these faggots is no different or worse to what we get in most sausages but I thankfully do not ask the bakery what they have in their sausage rolls or check the back of my sausages packaging (and I don't intent to).

              Nutritional Information - per 239g serving cooked
              Calories 280
              Protein 6.0g
              Carbohydrate 8.4g
              Fat 12.7g
              Fibre 2.7g
              Sodium 1.7g
              Salt 4.3g

              I would say the faggots taste ok if they are covered in strong gravy, well anything really to take the taste away, but to eat them as they come they can taste, in my opinion, exactly like its ingredients.

              On the plus they save washing up as they come in a handy foil container which you just bung in the oven and I guess they are good value for money in a strange way, I mean they are filling but I bet your local butcher couldn't give there rubbish away.

              It actually says on the packaging "you asked for it! Now with more sauce" Duh they asked for more sauce for a reason the faggots are revolting lol.

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                10.02.2010 20:45
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                I'll stick to the chippy across the road!

                *WHERE FROM & HOW MUCH*
                I purchased my Mr Brains Pork Faggots from Nett (the first time I have ever set foot inside one). They are commonly available in most supermarkets and frozen food shops. I paid £1.50 for a pack of 6, although I know that Iceland recently had a pack of 4 for 75p.

                *Nutritional Bits*
                Per serving (238g - which is approx two faggots)
                241 calories
                12.0g protein
                10.3g fat
                4.1g salt equivalent

                *Cooking*
                From frozen in the oven for around 45 minutes, or in the microwave (transferred to a microwaveable container for 13 - 18 minutes depending on wattage!

                *Packaging*
                Packaged in a foil tray with a cardboard lid, inside a cardboard box sleeve. Available is 2's, 4's and 6's. A yellow background and red writing with an image of steaming faggots, peas and mashed potato, makes these easily identifiable.

                *Appearance, Smell & Taste*
                My faggots are hidden in a tray of sauce, albeit frozen! Once cooked the west country sauce looks a lot like pork gravy, a medium brown colour and really thick. The faggots are moulded into rounds and sit nicely in the steaming gravy. The smell reminds me of the chip shop across the road. The taste made me wish I had gone to the chippy across the road.

                I served my faggots with a pile of peas, sweetcorn and mashed potato. I found that the faggots fell apart easily by just gently pushing them open with my fork, the meat and the gravy / sauce both tasted quite strongly of onions. The faggots themselves were a bit dull to be honest. I ended up adding mint sauce (yes I know, its usually reserved fro lamb!) to perk these faggots up and this dramtically enhances the flavour and made them more enjoyable for me.


                They are quick and easy to prepare, and pretty cheap too and my dad loves 'em!!

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                  13.01.2010 05:59
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                  I wish the box had more!

                  I haven't a clue why these are listed as "Tesco" products, because my dad buys these yet hasn't set foot in a Tesco in several years. Strange.

                  Mr. Brains' Faggots (yes, get the laughter out of the way now) are certainly an acquired taste, and you wouldn't be remiss for asking "Well, what on Earth are they?". Most of my friends have never heard of them let alone eaten them, but they are in fact incrediby simple, and can be either microwaved, or if you're patient enough, cooked in the oven at greater length.

                  The four faggots come in a tray-like box which is complete with a wealth of soupy gravy that's got quite a tang to it rather than just being some cheap gravy they've poured in the box. In fact, once I'm through with the faggots, I always make sure to rather slovenly drink the gravy from my plate (oh, how debonaire of me) or get a slab of bread to mop it up with.

                  The faggots themselves are round-ish balls of meat that are primarily comprised of pork, and there are small slices of liver inside the balls too. They are very soft to the fork and fall apart very easily, making them easy to cut up and put into your mouth. They have a taste that is quite unlike most meat, due to the pork and liver meat mixing together to form a strange experience in the mouth that is nevertheless quite pleasing.

                  Faggots themselves are quite versatile, and a traditional dish involves them being served with peas, and as on the product box, with mash also. However, they go with a lot of things, particularly potato, and once I even dished them up simply with chips when I was feeling especially lazy.

                  Although the mix of meat may be too jarring for some palletes, I think it's lovely.

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                    30.10.2009 15:55
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                    The Best Faggots Ever, Loads Better Than Them You Buy Fresh In The Butchers!

                    The shop by me sells Mr Brains faggots for £1.00 for the pack of 4 and that's a major bargain, I don't know why he sells them so cheap buy that's his usual price for them and it has been for over a year! My mum buys some every week because even though they take ages to cook you can just bung them in the oven and forget about them so it makes them handy to have in the freezer.

                    Faggots are minced and crushed up pork that is made into balls and frozen in a thick gravy. They come in like a takeaway container and all you have to do is loosen the cardboard lid and cook them for about 45 minutes.

                    Not everyone likes these faggots but I love them. They are very meaty tasting and have such a filling consistency that I could never eat more than 2 in one go! The faggots are very rich tasting and the taste of onion in them goes with the pork wicked.

                    They are a bit spicy and it's hard to say what spices are used because they just give the faggots a yummy warm taste that's exactly like haggis only not as strong.

                    I love the gravy that comes with Mr Brains faggots because it's proper thick and rich, the gravy is nearly a meal in itself and I love it when you've nearly finished your faggots because the last bits of meat can be scooped up with the thick meaty gravy! Yummy, could just eat some now! lol

                    If you have faggots the best way to eat them is either with chips or mashed potato and peas. Chips are yummy in the gravy and now Mr Brains have started adding more gravy to the faggots it's even better because there's enough to cover all your dinner instead of having to make up extra.

                    Now winters coming you need hot comfort food and I reckon faggots fit the bill just right because they will warm AND fill you up.

                    They also come in packs of 2 and 6 so there's choice for everyone.

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                      16.04.2009 12:36
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                      Highly recommend by a converted fagot fan

                      **** Introduction ****

                      I always remember as a child my mother trying to force feed us kids fagots, as a child I hated them and cant really remember trying them, I think is was the name to put me off.

                      While in Tesco last week I found these on offer for £1.29 and my partner said that he loved them, so I thought if they are good enough for him they are certainly good enough for me, so I chucked them in the trolley.

                      **** The Fagots ****

                      These are produced by the Mr brains company, which I feel may have added to my dislike of these as a child.

                      The actual product contained four dumpling sized pork fagots, in a thick gravy sauce. I am not a massive meat eater but these were basically sausage meat rolled into balls and served with gravy.

                      These were frozen when I bought them so they did stay in the freezer until we fancied them, upon opening the package my childhood memories came floating back as it was four greyish looking balls situated on a frozen layer of orange coloured sauce.

                      At this point I really didnt fancy them but I persisted and throw them in the oven on 200 degrees for forty minutes, cooking time is a lot less if these are not frozen but they are recommended to be cooked from frozen.

                      You need not place these on an oven proof dish as they come in there own metal cooking tray when is great as it makes less washing up afterwards.

                      After about thirty minutes a checked my fagots and they smelt great, the meatballs seemed to have expanded and the gravy was looking really thick, it looked much nicer than it did when i took it out of the packet.

                      I served these with creamed mash potatoes and garden peas, to my surprise I really enjoyed the meal as they are basically sausage balls with seasoning and gravy.

                      **** My Views ****

                      I cant believe I have never eaten these sooner, It just goes to show that I should not judge before trying. I feel that if they called these something else they would sell more as the word brains can be very scaring and put peoplr off.

                      The meal was lovely and it was so easy to make, although forty minutes in the oven is a long wait when you are really hungry, but this i can cope with as I only had a few things to was up after dinner thanks to the tray supplied with these.

                      The metal cooking tray now gets used to roast my veggies as it is small enough fr two.

                      If these are something you have been put off by because of the name, I strongly recommend you try them.

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                        07.04.2009 22:39
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                        Excellent

                        ~~*~~*~~ Mr. Brain's Faggots ~~*~~*~~

                        How is it possible that something that sounds so revolting could be one of my favourite din-dins? HimIndoors won't even contemplate eating them even though he's commented on how nice they look and smell - I can only put it down to the fact that he doesn't like the word 'faggots', and who in their right mind would?

                        Lord knows why Mr Brain woke up one morning and decided to create his own special faggots - he could have had any meat based dish named after him but instead he chose to subliminally put many hundreds of children off their tea. In fact, there are no brains contained within so you can rest easy knowing that instead your offspring are feasting on the luxury that is pork liver and pork (11%) and other delights including lard, onion and rusk. Although 'faggots' may be the correct term for these delightful little creations, in this day and age it may be prudent for the marketers of this wonderful meal (Hibernia Brands Ltd: I won't be including contact details as they probably receive enough mail from slightly confused simpletons) to change the name to Cheap Meatballs as this is what they essentially are.

                        In the vibrantly cheerful yellow box found in all good frozen food sections, there is a tin foil container in which there are either 2, 4, or 6 meatballs in a lovely thick gravy - apparently we 'asked for more' gravy (they call it West-Country Sauce but it's blatantly Bisto) and we received it - hurrah. Indeed there is plenty of the brown stuff now which goes beautifully over mashed potato and veggies.

                        Cooking them couldn't be simpler - simply empty the contents into a microwavable dish and watch them turn for about 8 minutes pausing only to separate them from each other half way through. If you're scared of the microwave because standing in front of it causes your skeleton to crumble, then try using a conventional oven - it's a hell of a lot slower (35 mins ave) but at least you don't have to wash up an extra dish as you can merely use the container it comes in.

                        Four of these heart-attack inducing balls contain about 500 calories (about a quarter of your daily intake) so it's a good job I usually only have frozen veg with them (purely because I'm too lazy to make real mash and smash isn't allowed in the house). They taste absolutely gorgeous and Pig (the chocolate lab with a nose for good food) sits drooling by my side - an indication of the delight that is on my plate. They're very tasty but not spicy or garlicky which is great because you can go have a night out on the pop without stinking - it's a fast and cheap meal (£1.29 in good ol' Tesco) that'll line your stomach ready for painting the town red.


                        * Although waxing lyrical is undoubtedly permissible, it is important to note that these faggots were originally Brain's Faggots and were changed to include the 'Mr' as indeed children were revolted at the thought.
                        ** In addition one should note that faggots are traditionally pig liver, heart and belly fat with herbs and breadcrumbs thrown in to reduce the taste of pure lard.
                        *** Apparently Mr Brain holds 90% of the faggot market which is very nice for him.

                        Thanks for reading.
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                        Caroline & Pig
                        April 2009

                        Both loving the faggots.

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                          04.03.2009 19:27
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                          They have a taste like no other and with potato and peas the gravy is super too

                          As we are having faggots for dinner I thought that I would do a dooyoo on them.

                          I must admit that I think of faggots as one of those old fashioned meals if there is such a thing.

                          The ones I buy are Mr. Brains.

                          They were first made by Herbert Hill Brain who was a butcher from Bristol and they are apparently made exactly the same way as they were when first made in 1925.

                          They are pork faggots. Made from pork liver and fat. Oh I know that doesnt sound appetising but they are.

                          They come in a container of either 4 or 6. You can at the moment get them as cheap as 99p for 4.

                          You loosen the cardboard lid and place them in the over for around 45 minutes. You can now also microwave them by transfering them onto a mic rowaveable plate and microwaving them for 7 minutes. Stir and then cook for another 8 minutes.

                          I have never tried them microwaved and I dont really fancy them done that way although I am sure they would be okay.

                          They go lovely with potatoes either boiled or mashed and gravy and peas. Yes, they do come with gravy but I have found that they never give you enough. The sauce or gravy does have a lovely oniony taste and it is quite thick.

                          I would really recommend that you try them as you will find that you will love them.

                          Mind you I prefer these Brains ones to the butchers own made.

                          Thank you for reading.

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                            04.02.2009 19:45
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                            Great meal for a family

                            The faggot has been around since the Middle Ages where they were originally called savoury ducks; the same faggot itself comes from the Latin word for bundle.
                            I remember with fondness from my childhood eating faggots and the brand has been around since at least the 1925, when I was a child it was a dish everyone ate.

                            Although it has been around for such a long time the brand nearly disappeared in 2003 when the company went into receivership but was sold and the brand lives on.

                            Originally faggots were made with pig's liver and offal but nowadays they are made with pig's liver and pork.

                            I grew up in the Black Country where Faggots and peas are considered to be a local traditional dish. They are usually served with a bug chunk of fresh bread.

                            The brain's Faggots can be found in the freezer section and are sold in packs of two, four or six.



                            This review is about the four pork faggot pack.

                            I purchased the pack from morrisons for £1.39.


                            The packaging

                            The come in a yellow thin cardboard box with a yellow background and a picture of faggots, mash and peas.
                            The box has grown in size and is 478g. The reason for this is explained on the front of the box "You asked for it now with more sauce" it also still has the classic pork recipe logo on the front.
                            Inside the box is a foil container with a thin card lid.

                            Cooking instructions

                            The faggots can be cooked in one of two ways either in the oven or microwave.

                            To oven cook
                            Preheat oven to 230 degrees or gas mark8
                            Loosen edges of lid but do not remove and place in oven on a baking tray for 45 minutes.

                            To microwave

                            Put contents in a microwaveable dish and cover with a loose lid and cook for 7 minutes.
                            Stir Gravy and turn the faggots then replace the lid and cook for a further 4- 6 minutes dependant upon the power of your microwave.

                            Ingredients
                            West Country sauce

                            Water, lard, wheat flour, modified maize starch, tomato puree, salt colour (E150c), yeast extract, sugar, onion flavour, spice and herb extracts (celery)

                            Faggots
                            Water, rusks, rehydrated pork rind, pork liver (15%), onion pork (4%), pork fat, wheat flour, salt, sage, spice extracts.

                            Allergy advice
                            Contains: wheat, gluten

                            Please be aware that these do contain liver so should be avoided during pregnancy.


                            Nutritional information

                            Each serving of two faggots has 280Kcal and 12.7 grams of fat.

                            My experience

                            I cooked these for tea last night.
                            I had to use a combined method as I started cooking them in the oven but my toddler seems unable to wait for the forty five minutes so they were finished off in the microwave.

                            The Gravy is a deep rich colour and the faggots are formed into round balls that are not that different to the colour of a golden brown.

                            I was able to transfer these to the plate without them braking up. I served them with jacket potato and mixed vegetables.

                            The gravy is thick gravy with a hint of tomato. The new volume of gravy is much improved and, there now seems to be the right amount for two meals. The faggots themselves are soft throughout. The taste does have a hint of liver but is a great meaty taste but not the texture. The faggots melt in the mouth, although the ingredients do state there is lard and pork fat they do not taste fatty.

                            My twenty one month old son ate two for tea, he loves them. He is very lazy when it comes to meat and can't be bothered to chew it so it is great for getting him used to a meaty taste and getting the Iron into him he needs from the red meat.

                            These make a great meal and are easy to cook. It is a great meal for all ages

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                              14.01.2009 19:10
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                              a good economical meal that is very tasty indeed.

                              I have no idea why but faggots always remind me of Haggis, more than likely because they are very much an acquired taste. If you don't like the taste of liver then you wouldn't touch a faggot with a bargepole.
                              Faggots have always been known as a traditional Middle England dish and are traditionally eaten with peas.
                              You will often see small butchers making faggots using an old family recipe that has been handed down from generation to generation. Also known as `Ducks` or `Savoury Ducks` the faggot has been a firm favourite since the 1800`s.



                              The traditional recipe calls for pigs liver, pig heart, belly pork and bacon which is then all minced together along with herbs and maybe a few breadcrumbs. When the mixture has been moulded into balls then each portion is covered with `Caul`, which is the membrane from a pigs stomach.
                              Because the faggot is an economical dish and can incorporate the humblest of left over ingredients if need be, it is easy to see why they gained popularity during World War Two, as rationing bit deeply and housewives struggled to feed their families the faggot became a popular choice for mealtimes.



                              I hope all of this talk of pigs innards hasn't deterred you from reading on!
                              Mr Brain has made the packaging look very tempting, the deep inner tinfoil tray is covered with a thick cardboard sleeve.
                              A plateful of tasty looking faggots, peas and creamed potato sits on a background of golden coloured cardboard that announces the product proudly.
                              When you remove the colourful well designed outer sleeve the frozen faggots are covered with a thin cardboard cover which sits on top of the tinfoil tray, you need to loosen this before you put them into a Pre -heated oven.
                              The oven needs to be hot, 230C or Gas mark 8, the frozen faggots take around 35 minutes to cook through thoroughly, but always make doubly sure that the faggots are boiling hot right through to the centre before you serve them.
                              When you lift the tinfoil tray from the oven do be careful, the tray is filled with thick tasty boiling hot gravy.



                              Lifting the cardboard lid off of the tinfoil tray is a delight, the rich sauce has a spicy sweet smell and it is evident that tomato puree is among the ingredients.
                              Four sumptuous faggots sit in that thick savoury gravy waiting to be served. As you lift the faggots you will notice that they are firm but as you break into them with the edge your fork the faggot reveals its finely minced texture.
                              Though liver is one of the main ingredients used it isn't the predominant flavour, you notice that the mouthful of spiced faggot is rich and herby.
                              As the rich gravy mixes in with the creamed potatoes and peas it altogether makes a mouth watering combination.



                              Each faggot contains 242 calories and has 4.3 g sugar, 12.5g fat, 5.9 saturated fat and 2.3g salt.



                              If you preferred you can microwave the faggots by removing them from the foil dish and transferring them into a microwaveable dish with a loose fitting lid.
                              Heat on full power 650w for 5 minutes, take them out and stir the faggots to separate them and then put then back into the microwave on full power for a further 6 minutes. You may find that they need a further minute or so, but when you take them out allow them to stand for a further minute before you serve them.



                              I would normally serve two faggots per person, a pack of four Mr Brains Faggots cost £1.24 from Asda.
                              An old fashioned meal with plenty of taste.

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                                I love Faggots! Especially with lovely mashed potato. They are soo tasy and im having them for tea tonight! But... I do wish they were not called faggots! Its so embarrasing to say u like faggots!

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                                Mr Brain's Faggots with extra gravy!

                                Well you will all be very please to hear that someone has been listening to us!! Nearly every review I have read for Mr Brain's pork Faggots has suggested a lack of gravy, which I would totally agree with in the past. However, no more! I fancied faggots for tea so popped to Tesco to buy some and picked up a four pack of faggots the box stated "YOU ASKED FOR IT! NOW WITH MORE SAUCE!" I am so impressed. Power to the people!!

                                Mr Brain's pork faggots can be found in most supermarkets they come in packs of two, four and six. They come in a yellow box with a picture of faggots with mash and peas, which in my opinion is the best thing to have them with. The pack of four faggots I bought in Tesco cost me £1.29 I have seen then on offer and a lot cheaper but I wanted them today and I did not care what they cost me!

                                The faggots can be cooked in the oven or microwave I have never cooked them in the microwave as I think food tastes better oven cooked. They take about 12 minutes in the microwave. Faggots are best cooked from frozen but I find they take ages to defrost in the oven so I microwave mine until they have defrosted a bit. In the oven, I transfer them into a Teflon dish they take nearly an hour in the oven at 230C. When I emptied them out of the foil tray into the ovenproof dish, I did not think they looked like they had any extra gravy. I left them to cook. Once cooked I plated with sweet potatoes mash, peas and carrots. There was a lot more gravy then usually by this stage.

                                The faggots tasted fantastic as always they are not hard or gritty at all, they are lovely and the gravy is even more lovely it is made from the meat juices I think always the nicest gravy! Sometimes I cook some onions in the oven to have with it but I did not do that this time.
                                The faggots themselves are a good side 2 should be enough for most people. The faggots taste of meat and mildly of onion; they are rounded into lovely round balls. Faggots have stood the test of time they are an old traditional food.

                                I think the faggots with the new improved extra gravy are fantastic they have made a great meal into a perfect meal!
                                I would recommend you give these another go!

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