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Introduction & method

I don't know how well-known haslet is throughout the UK (and indeed the world), but it deserves to be very popular. Made from minced pork and offal, it's a deliciously savoury meaty loaf that's perfect eaten cold with a salad or sliced in a sandwich.

Haslet Recipe


Break the stale bread into chunks, about 1-2 cm (half an inch - an inch). Pop them in a bowl and pour over just enough milk to cover them. Leave to soften in the milk - about 15 minutes.

If you are using pork belly, you'll need to cut the rind of it (see my video for an easy way to do this). Cut the liver and the belly pork into chunks small enough to go through a mincer. Fit the coarse plate to the mincer and put the liver through first, then the pork. If you're not making your own mince, cut the liver as finely as you can. 

You need to preheat your oven to 180°C (356°F) if it's a fan oven, or 200°C (392°F) if it isn't. Finely chop the onion and the sage leaves. Add the meats, onion, sage and seasoning to a bowl. Take handfuls of the soaked bread, squeeze out the milk and add the squishy bread to the bowl.


Mix well and tip the mixture into a buttered loaf tin. Cover tightly with foil and place the loaf tin in a roasting tin. Pour in enough boiling water to come just over halfway up the side of the loaf tin. Cook in the oven for 1 hour. The internal temperature of the haslet should be 70°C (158°F;).

Place the haslet in the fridge to cool right down. Serve sliced haslet with a salad or in sandwiches. It's not usually eaten hot, but if you slice it and fry it, it goes very well with a full English breakfast.

The video above is from the Keef Cooks YouTube channel. Click here to see the video recipe of Haslet on YouTube.

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Ingredients & Info

 500 grams belly pork or ready-minced pork
 300 grams pigs liver
 150 grams stale bread
 1 medium onion
 500 ml milk
  4 sage leaves
 3 tsp seasoning mix


Seasoning mix for haslet: 4 parts salt, 1 part white pepper, 1 part ground black pepper, 2 parts dried sage, 1 part mace, 1 part allspice.

US Customary/Imperial

Makes 1 loaf
Prep time: 10 minutes.
Cooking time: 1 ho.
Total time: .