Bangers and Mash with Onion Gravy

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Golden brown banger sausages sitting atop fluffy buttery mashed potatoes bathed in caramelized onion gravy!

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Bangers and Mash with Onion Gravy is the ultimate Irish/British dish! The banger sausages are sizzling, tender, and juicy, the potatoes are mashed by hand with cream and butter, and the onion gravy is full of caramelized onions rich in flavor. You won’t want to wait for St. Patrick’s Day to make this amazing meal!

I could easily eat these Bangers and Mash with just a few pats of Kerrygold butter and nothing else. That being said, the addition of the Onion gravy is absolutely necessary for a dreamy main course that is as comforting as it is delicious. The gravy may seem like a lot of extra work, but it’s much simpler thank it looks. Serve with a hearty slice of Irish Soda Bread with Whiskey Soaked Raisins and a pint!

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What are Bangers?

Bangers are sausages that are traditional to Great Britain, which have recently been adopted into Ireland culture. There seems to be some debate over the origin of the term “bangers“. Depending on where in Ireland one is from, they may have only heard the term “sausages” used in describing this recipe, however; the term “bangers” is gaining popularity in a lot of pubs across the Emerald Isle. This may be due to the tourist population requesting “bangers and mash” without understanding its history.

Bangers usually consists of one of a variety of meats such as pork, lamb, or beef. It is traditionally served over a bed of mashed potatoes, adding Onion Gravy and peas for a complete meal. Can’t find bangers where you live? Jimmy Dean sausage comes very close to the same consistency, but without the casing. Simply form the sausage into logs and bake as usual. Because there will be no casing, be careful that they do not break apart when turning for even baking. If you’re looking for a great supply source to buy your bangers online, I recommend RJ Balson and Sons Butchers. Their quality can’t be beat!

How to make Bangers and Mash with Onion Gravy

Bangers and Mash with Onion Gravy is a wonderful meal for a Sunday gathering or a family dinner. The gravy can be made a couple of days ahead, and the mashed potatoes can be prepared while the sausages are cooking. Pretty easy, right?

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Ingredient List

  • Bangers (Sausages) – can be found at most British, United Kingdom, or Irish markets
  • Mash – high starch potatoes (Russet, Idaho, or Yukon Gold), salt, butter, half & half
  • Onion Gravy Recipe – Gravy can be made the day before and reheated. Add a little butter or beef broth if it’s too thick after it sets.

Recipe Preparation

Bangers and Mash with Onion Gravy
  • The Onion Gravy Recipe will take about an hour and a half to prepare. I suggest making this first, up to a day ahead. As the gravy sets in the refrigerator it may become too thick for your preference. If this happens, add a few pats of butter, or tablespoons of beef broth to thin. Serve hot over the bangers and mash.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line bangers, in their casings, in a lightly greased baking dish. With a sharp knife cut tiny slits in each banger to prevent casings from bursting during baking. (If using sausages without casings, you can skip this step).
  • Bake bangers for 20 minutes, or until cooked thoroughly. For even baking, turn bangers over at the 10 minute mark. Place foil over baking dish to keep warm until ready to use.
  • Peel potatoes and chop into thick chunks. Try to keep all chunks even in size so they cook at the same rate.
  • In a large sauce pan, add the salt, potato chunks, and enough water to cover the potatoes completely. Boil on medium-high heat until fork tender, about 20 minutes.
  • Drain potatoes and then place them back into the hot sauce pan. Using a potato masher, mash the potatoes to desired consistency. I like to leave a few small chunks in mine. Try to do this step quickly, so the potatoes are still hot when the butter is added in the nest step.
  • Add butter to the mashed potatoes and blend in until completely melted. Place half & half in a microwave safe bowl and heat until hot, but not scalding. Add hot half & half to the buttered mashed potatoes and stir until fluffy.
Bangers and Mash with Onion Gravy
  • To serve Bangers and Mash with Onion Gravy, add mashed potatoes to a plate, top with bangers, then spoon onion gravy over the top. Don’t forget about dessert! Baileys Irish Cream Brownies are the perfect decadent treat to follow your Irish feast.
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Bangers and Mash with Onion Gravy

The most delectable banger sausages seated on a mound of creamy mashed potatoes and topped with rich caramelized onion gravy!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Irish
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 906kcal

Ingredients

  • 8 banger sausages
  • 2 lbs high starch potatoes Russet, Yukon, or Yellow Gold
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 1 cup half & half hot
  • 1 batch onion gravy made in advance

Instructions

  • The Onion Gravy Recipe will take about an hour and a half to prepare. I suggest making this first, up to a day ahead. As the gravy sets in the refrigerator it may become too thick for your preference. If this happens, add a few pats of butter, or tablespoons of beef broth to thin. Note: Nutrition for Onion Gravy is not calculated with the Bangers and Mash. Go to the recipe for caloric information.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line bangers in a lightly greased baking dish. With a sharp knife cut tiny slits in each banger to prevent casings from bursting during baking. (If using sausages without casings, you can skip this step).
  • Bake for 20 minutes, or until cooked thoroughly. For even baking, turn bangers over at the 10 minute mark. Place foil over baking dish to keep them warm until ready to use.
  • Peel potatoes and chop into thick chunks. Try to keep all chunks even in size so they cook at the same rate. In a large sauce pan, add the salt, potato chunks, and enough water to cover the potatoes completely. Boil on medium-high heat until fork tender, about 20 minutes. Drain potatoes and then place them back into the hot sauce pan.
  • Using a potato masher, mash the potatoes to desired consistency. Add the butter to the mashed potatoes and blend in until completely melted. Place half & half in a microwave safe bowl and heat until hot, but not scalding. Add hot half & half to the mashed potatoes and stir until fluffy.

Notes

Serving Suggestions:  To serve Bangers and Mash with Onion Gravy, add mashed potatoes to a plate, top with bangers, then spoon onion gravy over the top.  Don’t forget about dessert!  Baileys Irish Cream Brownies are the perfect decadent treat to follow your Irish feast!
Can’t find Bangers?  You can substitute using Jimmy Dean sausage, forming the meat  into 8 logs.  Bake as usual.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 906kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 32g | Saturated Fat: 29g | Trans Fat: 1g | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g
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