Regional Recipe: Pan Haggerty

August 12, 2013

Pan Haggerty is a traditional Northumberland dish. The name of the dish is said to have come from the French hache, meaning chopped. The dish is said to have originated as a cheap and easy way to fill hungry bellies in the coal mining towns once prevalent in Northumberland. It is a one pot meal that is very filling. It can be served on its own or with sausages, bacon or other meat.

Pan Haggerty is really simple to make and contains three main ingredients, cheese, potatoes and onions. I decided to try it as I had some left over roast pork and I thought it would work really well with this. It turned out I was right, it was delicious.

I find it strange that even though I have lived in Newcastle for many years I have never come across this dish before. Regional dishes should be championed so that they retain their rightful place in the British culture.

Pan Haggerty

If you would like to try making Pan Haggerty, this is the recipe:

Pan Haggerty Recipe



  1. Peel and thinly slice the potatoes and onions
  2. Heat the oil or dripping in a large frying pan.
  3. Add the potatoes to the base of the pan and season with salt and pepper.Pan Haggerty
  4. Layer the onions on top of the potatoesPan Haggerty
  5. Sprinkle the grated cheese over the top and cook slowly for 30 minutes.Pan Haggerty
  6. Place the pan under a grill and cook until the cheese is brown and bubbling.Pan HaggertyServe on its own with meat and enjoy.

13 responses to “Regional Recipe: Pan Haggerty”

  1. otilia says:

    i never tried this recipe before but you know what i would try it again.

  2. I bet my fella would love this – and I totally agree about the regional dishes, it’s a shame when any are lost or abused by other parts of the country…

  3. Kate Pollard says:

    I have never heard of this before, but it looks great either as a dish on its own or a side dish! Think I’ll have to give it a try!

  4. Just popped over because I liked the look of your pan heggerty on Emily’s linky!

    And I still do!!! making me feel hungry. I used to make something like this when I was a student, although I was not aware of a name for it

  5. sounds great and very simple 🙂

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