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