- Bangers & Mash!

My favorite dish from abroad: bangers & mash

I absolutely love a good plate of Bangers & Mash...!

28w ago

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Through all of my growing up overseas, and all of my international travels, one dish sticks out to me as my most favorite food from my travels. I was introduced to Bangers & Mash in my youth during the time I lived in England along with other classics like Yorkshire Pudding, Toad in the Hole, and Cottage Pie.

My parents at one point lived in Doolin, Ireland; in a thatched roof cottage behind Gus O'Conner's Pub. I found myself walking from their little shop over to the pub almost every day of a visit to order a plate of Bangers & Mash with a couple of pints for lunch. These days, in the United States, if I end up in a pub for dinner and drinks with friends I can't help but order the Bangers & Mash!

Gus O'Conner's Pub in Doolin, Ireland.

Gus O'Conner's Pub in Doolin, Ireland.

Throwing down a couple of pints.

Throwing down a couple of pints.

Just this past week I was surprised to see that Aldi had what I assume is a store brand package of bangers on sale. I got excited because authentic bangers are not easy to source in the United States unless you can find them at a specialty shop or butcher. Hell! Most pubs I've been to over here don't exactly use an authentic banger in their Bangers & Mash. My dumb ass couldn't resist and I ended up buying six packages at the Aldi!

Bangers on sale at Aldi!

Bangers on sale at Aldi!

Tonight for dinner, I whipped up a quick meal of Bangers & Mash and began kicking myself for not having done it myself before. I started by cheating. Instant mashed potatoes... Yes, I know homemade mashed potatoes are the best, but I was whipping up a quick dinner here! After the potatoes where done, I browned the bangers in a deep pan, and then set them aside. Next I melted butter in the pan, and added olive oil and a sliced onion. This cooked until well caramelized and then I stirred in two tablespoons of flour. After the flour had cooked for a couple of minute, two cups of Guinness (one bottle, my last bottle :( ), one tablespoon of Dijon mustard, one tablespoon of Worcestershire, two teaspoons of sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt went into the pan. I stirred this and allowed it to simmer until thickened.

Browning the bangers.

Browning the bangers.

Time to caramelize the onions.

Time to caramelize the onions.

I threw the bangers back in for a minute to cook some more with the onions.

I threw the bangers back in for a minute to cook some more with the onions.

All of the rest of the ingredients tossed in and simmering!

All of the rest of the ingredients tossed in and simmering!

So how was it? Pretty damn good! The Aldi bangers were a big surprise as they had the same fine grind that I've had in actual Irish bangers. The Guinness gravy was rich in flavor and retained a strong stout flavor with a a stout's slight bitterness that went well with the potatoes.

The potatoes...

...well the potatoes were instant. They went just fine with my plate of Bangers & Mash though! I finished off the plate with some French's Crispy Fried Onions sprinkled on top. This complemented the dish perfectly with a little crunchiness in every bite.

It's a good thing my Bangers & Mash came out good as I have a ton more in my freezer now. I can't wait to play with the recipe a little and do things like add beef broth to the gravy and chicken sausage for my wife. I'm kicking myself for not trying to make this earlier!

Now for Bangers & Mash from different angles!

Now for Bangers & Mash from different angles!

A big, hearty plate of Bangers & Mash!

A big, hearty plate of Bangers & Mash!

This was good!

This was good!

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Comments (9)

  • So nothing against Bangers & Mash, that's good food, suh. but the pictures kind of hit me in the funny bone, know what I'm saying? Yes, I am 12, thanks for asking.

      6 months ago
  • For mash get Smash! Remember that? Although personally, I think you should have used real spuds.

      6 months ago
  • So what makes bangers different from other sausage?

      6 months ago
  • Very nice!

      6 months ago
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