I love a bit of proper comfort food. This was definitely that! Faggots are a very old fashioned dish but I found some at my local farmers market and I had to try them. This is a really lovely, the faggots are melt in the mouth and the gravy was just delicious.
Faggot with Onion Gravy (adapted from Good Food Magazine October 2012)
16 ready made faggots
2 onions, thinly sliced
1 tbsp sunflower oil
2 tsp sugar
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
3 tbsp plain flour
850ml beef stock
handful chopped parsley
Heat oven to 160C. Lightly oil a very large roasting tin and put the faggots into the tin.
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 with mash and veg.