Haslet

I have been looking at old North of England recipes and came across haslet – which reminds me of Polish pasztet or paté.

  • The name haslet or acelet – comes from Old French – hastilles which means entrails.
  • Traditionally it was made with a mixture of offal such as heart, kidney, liver, and sweetbreads.
  • Liver is most popular and pig’s liver most of all.
  • Oatmeal is used – one of the staples in the North of England.
  • Sage* is used –  a very popular herb in England
  • Originally the mixture would have been cover in caul – a thin lacy looking membrane of animal fat – and then cooked.
  • Nowadays this is hard to find – so butter or lard can be used in adapted recipes.
  • Haslet is usually eaten cold, in slices, often with pickles.

Ingredients

  • 500g pig’s liver
  • 2 onions.
  • 100g oatmeal or rolled oats blitzed
  • Lots of fresh sage
  • Salt & pepper
  • 50g butter or lard.

Method

  • Peel the onions – leave them whole.
  • Place in a saucepan with a little water and with the lid on – gently simmer till soft.
  • Leave the onions until they are cold.
  • Mince (or use a mini-chopper) the liver and onions.
  • Add the liver mixture to the oatmeal in a bowl – mix and leave for around 10 minutes.
  • Pre-heat the oven to GM7 – 220°C.
  • Line a small roasting tin with foil and grease well.
  • Chop the sage and add with salt and pepper to the mixture.
  • Place the mixture in the roasting tin and dot the top with the butter or lard.
  • Bake for around 35 minutes.

 

*Sage – Salvia officinalis –  szałwia – in Polish – was brought to Britain by the Romans. It was a popular cooking herb in Tudor times.

Salvia comes from the Latin word salvere, which means to heal and it is known for its antibacterial properties.

Sage is a member of the mint family and is a Mediterranean herb.

 

Serving dish – Blue Mist – Burleigh Ware by Burges and Leigh Ltd from the 1930s.