of the word haslet
is slightly complicated, it comes from the Middle English hastelet
, which comes from the Old French
. Or ultimately from the Latin hasta
meaning a spear
. It may even have a Germanic
a 18th century cook defined haslet :-
'as the liver, crow, kidney and skirts of a hog'
gave the alternative spelling in 1755 of harslet
and defined it as :-
‘the heart, liver, and lights of a hog, with the windpipe and part of the throat to it'
This is not as bad as it sounds, as today (at least in the UK) haslet is more like a lightly spiced sausage
meat. It tends to be mottled
in texture and is cooked in a large loaf, it's firm texture
means it can thinly sliced and makes an ideal sandwich