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The Bangers and Mash belongs to the family of so-called ”Pub Grub”, food that is mostly served in Irish Pubs.
What is Bangers and Mash
Bangers are sausages and mash refers to ..well, mashed potatoes. Bangers and Mash is a very popular pub dish in Ireland and the UK, but it’s so easy to recreate at home!
The bangers and mash is an English and Irish traditional recipe consisting of mashed potatoes and sausages. The sausages can be pork or beef, flavored with apple or tomato, which makes them respectively Lincolnshire or Cumberland sausages.
This dish is usually served with onion juice along with a sauce. Although it has sometimes been stated that the term bangers originated during the Second World War, it was already used at least as early as 1919. So, it’s often accepted that the name appeared during the First World War when there were shortages of meat, so sausages were made with a lot of water or dried bread, which made them burst (with a bang!) during cooking.
This recipe, even when it’s homemade, can be considered as an example of pub grub, as it is relatively fast and easy to make in large quantities, while stull being tasty and appetizing. Some varieties, served for example with exotic sausages, are sold in gastropubs ( gastronomic pubs), other, less exotic versions are available in classic pubs. Along with the Eel pie, this dish is a true icon of the traditional working-class dishes of London and Dublin.
Bangers and mash in Popular Culture
The bangers and mash are frequently depicted in the comic books of D.C. Thomson & Co. such as The Beano and The Dandy, where often the protagonists are offered a meal as a reward for their good behavior. In these comics, the dish is drawn as an oversized mountain of mashed potatoes with the sausages sticking out.
Also, Bangers and mash is a 1960 comedy song by Peter Sellers and Sophia Loren. In the song, Sellers is a Briton who married an Italian woman (Loren) during World War II, but never developed a taste for Italian cuisine. He wants his wife to prepare him “the bangers and mash that his mother used to prepare him”.
Bangers + Mash is also the seventh track on the bonus disc that comes with the special edition of Radiohead’s album In Rainbows.
This is one of the signature dishes served in most Pubs (along with Irish Stew and Fish and Chips). This dish costs an average of $7 to $8 per person, and is traditionally served on a base of 3 sausages, and a creamy mashed potatoes at will. Do not be surprised if your plate is very overloaded with fat and potatoes: the Irish are adherents of rich food that quickly stall, and their love of potatoes is many centuries old!
Serve it with Irish dark beer, so you can fully enjoy this yummy simple dish, because it’s delicious believe me!
Much appreciated by the Irish, the Bangers and Mash has the advantage of being a nourishing dish that adapts nicely to small budgets too. Also, as we mentioned prepare to pay about $6 to $7 per person if you want to have it served in a Pub. (If you want to do it at home, the price will be reduced of course, see the recipe below!)
Traditionally, the Bangers and Mash is made of:
- sausages (made from pork, beef or other meat)
- mashed potatoes
- a tomato or carrot sauce
There are of course variants made of exotic sausages (a little more expensive than traditional sausages), or on the basis of vegetables (carrots, tomatoes, zucchini…etc). Also, the Irish often like to season their food with vinegar (the Irish like to combine the taste of potatoes with the acidity of vinegar): the taste is striking!
This Irish recipe for homemade Bangers and Mash is covered with a wonderful rich onion sauce and served over the best mashed potatoes. It’s so easy to make and it’s a perfect night meal for the whole family. Ideal on St. Patrick’s day or all year round!
Once I spot these packages of salted beef at the market around the beginning of February, I get very excited, and then I spend the next two months preparing my salted beef and stewed cabbage, salted beef mince and Reuben sandwiches … which we’re honestly all tired of them . (Just kidding … we never get tired of them.) Nevertheless, this year I thought I would try something new, like this Bangers and Mash recipe. It’s a ridiculously simple and simple meal that it’s almost unforgivable that I hadn’t done earlier.
Even though my husband is of Irish (and French) descent, he doesn’t know about squatting on Irish food, so I caught this recipe from my friend who is 100% Irish and certainly knows how to get around in the kitchen!
This dish is very cheap and requires only fairly simple ingredients, so you want all the elements of the preparation of the recipe to really shine.
Use sausages of the best quality. If you are lucky enough to find Irish sausages, take them! They have a herbal and peppery flavor, which is great. Otherwise, use a good quality pork sausage. Even a bratwurst would be ok.
Onion sauce is the key and secret to an excellent recipe for Bangers and Mash. Homemade onion sauce is a must here!
Beef broth, Guinness beer and wine. I have seen recipes where the sauce is prepared with beef broth or Guinness beer and a cup 1 / 4-1 / 2 white or red wine. I simply chose to use beef broth, but I have no doubt that wine or beer would be great too. If you are using wine, add it after the flour in Step 3 and reduce before adding the beef broth.
For added flavor, a little mustard and / or Worcestershire sauce would be a great addition to the sauce.
If you are looking for a simple and hearty meal, look no further! Bangers and Mash is a quintessential comfort food and is virtually effortless to prepare.
Recipe for Bangers and Mash
- 1 kg of potatoes
- 2 tablespoons of fresh cream or milk
- 250g onions
- 750g sausages (beef or pork, choose whatever you prefer)
- Wash and peel 1kg of potatoes, then boil them in a pot filled with water
- Meanwhile, fry onions in a saucepan.
- After the potatoes are cooked mash them and then transfer them to the pan with the onions
- Mix in the cream and stir frequently to make a smooth puree
- Then cook in a frying pan your sausages
- When they are ready add the sausages on top of the warm mashed potatoes in a large plate
- Now you only have to serve with a good fresh stout !
I hope you like this delicious and easy recipe – be sure to give it a review below! Let me know if you tried this Bangers and Mash recipe or if you have any questions in the comments below.