Bangers and mash with onion gravy is traditional Irish pub fare, and is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day. Bangers are sausages so named after World War I when sausages tended to have a high water content to compensate for meat shortages.
Because of the high water content, the sausages would tend to pop or “bang” when exposed to high heat. Today’s sausages typically don’t have this characteristic “bang”, but are still referred to as bangers. Mash is mashed potatoes!
Ingredients for Bangers and Mash with Onion Gravy:
I used the following ingredients for this delicious and easy to make meal: Bratwurst (for the bangers), potatoes, unsalted butter, milk, salt, freshly ground black pepper, onions, leftover Guinness gravy from Guinness Beef Stew, low sodium chicken broth, and Bisto. I would have used just chicken broth with a bit of Worcestershire sauce in the onion gravy if I didn’t have the leftover Guinness gravy. Because Bisto thickens the gravy, I could have used cornstarch instead.
Making the Bangers:
I started by browning the bangers in a bit of unsalted butter in an cast iron skillet over medium heat. This took about 5 minutes. Then, I added 1/4 cup of water and popped the bangers in a 325° F oven for about an hour. I could have cooked the bangers according to the package directions in a lot less time. However, I like to cook them slowly in the oven. Personal preference, I guess.
Making the Mash:
I peeled and sliced the potatoes, and cooked them in a saucepan in some salted water until they were fork tender. Then, I drained the potatoes and returned them to the saucepan. Next, I added some butter, freshly ground black pepper, and milk, and “mashed” the potatoes with my electric mixer.
Making the Onion Gravy:
I started by adding the sliced onions to some melted butter in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. Next, I added 1/4 teaspoon of salt and freshly ground black pepper to the onions. I let the onions cook for about 40 minutes, stirring occasionally, until they were beautifully caramelized. Then, the Master Taste Tester finished the gravy by first adding the leftover Guinness gravy to the onions. He thought that the gravy needed a little thickening, so he stirred in several teaspoons of Bisto mixed with about 1/4 cup of chicken broth. After the gravy came to a boil, it was perfectly thickened and perfectly seasoned!
I served the bangers and mash with onion gravy with some steamed fresh Brussel sprouts. It was comfort food at its best. Yum!