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Irish Bangers And Mash

Irish Bangers And Mash

Irish Bangers And Mash is the kind of belly-warming comfort food that makes St. Patrick’s Day something to look forward to!  Sausages in a caramelized onion and Guinness gravy are served over fluffy mashed potatoes, with a side of garlicky sauteed peas to combine all the classic Irish flavors in the most luscious way.

Top view of a black bowl with Irish Bangers And Mash - two Irish sausages drenched in a caramelized onion gravy and a side of sauteed peas on top of a base of fluffy mashed potatoes.

I like to serve this dish with warm slices of Dutch Oven Irish Soda Bread and a sweet finish of boozy Irish Coffee and Raspberry Irish Stout Brownies.

Origin of Bangers And Mash

This is a classic dish of the British Isles.  It got its name around the time of WWI, when there was a meat shortage, so sausages were made with cheap bread and fillers and water to stretch the meat.  These sausages often burst, making a banging sound against the side of the pan, while cooking.  Because of this sound, ‘bangers’ became the English slang term for the sausages.  Mash refers to mashed potatoes.

Top view of a black bowl with Irish Bangers And Mash - two Irish sausages drenched in a caramelized onion gravy and a side of sauteed peas on top of a base of fluffy mashed potatoes.

Ingredients Needed

  • Potatoes – I like using Yukon Gold for their buttery taste, but Russets or even red potatoes would work well
  • Butter, sour cream, and heavy cream – all for flavor!
  • Dry mustard powder – I used Coleman’s Dry Mustard powder.
  • Salt and pepper
  • Pork sausage – look for a thick pork sausage link.  Don’t use breakfast sausage.
  • Bacon fat – this is used to brown the sausages and get a lovely ‘snap’ of the casings.  But you can use butter or vegetable oil as well.
  • Onions
  • Dried thyme
  • Beef broth – you can also use vegetable broth or mushroom broth.
  • Guinness beef – this adds the classic “Irish’ flavor.  You could use more broth, but the flavor will not be the same.
  • Red wine – use a dry red wine.  You can use additional broth instead.
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Cornstarch – to thicken the sauce
  • Frozen peas
  • Garlic powder

Top view of a black bowl with Irish Bangers And Mash - two Irish sausages drenched in a caramelized onion gravy and a side of sauteed peas on top of a base of fluffy mashed potatoes.

Steps To Make This Recipe

  1.  Make the mashed potatoes by boiling the potatoes, draining them, and mashing them with butter, sour cream, cream, salt, pepper, and dry mustard powder.
  2. Brown the sausages in bacon fat, then keep warm in the oven.
  3. In the same skillet, caramelize the onions, stir in the thyme, beef broth, wine, beer, Worcestershire sauce, and cornstarch slurry.  Cook until thickened.
  4. Add the sausages to the gravy and allow to simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Microwave the frozen peas, then saute them quickly in butter and garlic powder.
  6. Serve by adding mashed potatoes to a shallow serving bowl.  Add the sausages and onion gravy on top of the potatoes, keeping them to one side.  On the other side, top the potatoes with the green peas.
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Top view of a black bowl with Irish Bangers And Mash - two Irish sausages drenched in a caramelized onion gravy and a side of sauteed peas on top of a base of fluffy mashed potatoes.

Irish Bangers And Mash


Description

Irish Bangers And Mash is the kind of belly-warming comfort food that makes St. Patrick’s Day something to look forward to!  Sausages in a caramelized onion and Guinness gravy are served over fluffy mashed potatoes, with a side of garlicky sauteed peas to combine all the classic Irish flavors in the most luscious way.


Ingredients

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For the mashed potatoes:

  • 3 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the sausages:

  • 8 links pork sausage (not breakfast sausage), I used Johnsville Brats
  • 1 tablespoon bacon fat, butter, or oil

For the gravy:

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 large onions, sliced thin
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 6 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup Guinness beer
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch mixed into 2 tablespoons water to make a slurry.

For the peas:

  • 1012 ounce package of frozen peas
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste.

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.

For the mashed potatoes:

In a large saucepan over medium heat, place the cubed potatoes and cover them with cold water.  Bring to a boil and cook the potatoes until tender – about 15 minutes.

Drain the potatoes in a colander and place them back into the saucepan.

Place the saucepan back on the stovetop over low heat.

Use a potato masher to mash the potatoes.  Add ¼ cup of butter, cream, sour cream, mustard, 1 teaspoon of salt, and pepper.  Mash until fluffy and smooth.  Set aside.

For the bangers:

Meanwhile, while the potatoes boil, place a deep skillet over medium heat and melt the bacon fat, butter, or oil.  Brown the sausages on all sides – about 5 minutes per side.  Transfer the sausages to a casserole dish and place them in the preheated oven until needed.

Melt the tablespoon of butter in the same skillet that you’ve browned the sausage.

Add the onions and cook until they are translucent and beginning to caramelize – about 10 minutes. Stir in the dried thyme and cook another minute.

Whisk in the beef broth, Guinness,  wine, and Worcestershire sauce.  Bring the mixture to a boil.  Stir in the cornstarch slurry. Allow the mixture to simmer until thickened and slightly reduced – about 15 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Nestle the sausages into the sauce and turn to coat.  Allow them to simmer for 5 minutes.

For the peas:

Microwave the frozen peas per the package directions.

In a small skillet, melt 1 tablespoon of butter over medium heat.  Add the garlic powder and peas. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Saute, stirring to coat the peas, for 3-4 minutes.

To serve:

Divide the mashed potatoes evenly among four serving bowls.

Top one side of the mashed potatoes with two sausages.  

Place the peas on the other side of the bowl over the mashed potatoes.

Spoon the sauce and onions over the sausages.

Serve hot.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Saute
  • Cuisine: Irish

Keywords: Irish Bangers And Mash, Irish recipes, St. Patrick's Day, sausages, mashed potatoes, comfort food

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