Monday, May 19, 2014

Recipe: Bangers & Mash with Onion Gravy and Peas

Bangers and mash is a traditional British dish, comprising of sausages and mashed potatoes and is usually served with an onion gravy, and peas. The term "bangers" is attributed to the fact that sausages, particularly the kind made during World War II under rationing, were made with water so they were more likely to explode with a "bang" under high heat if not cooked carefully.

This classic British dish kick-started our British-themed dinner, with sausages from Wales, onion gravy made using a recipe from an English chef, and cooked by my superstar Scotsman Hubby. This is quick and easy to make, with extremely satisfying results. The Cumberland sausages were nicely spiced and meaty, complimented by the smooth mash and thick, delicious onion gravy.  A lovely comforting dish, which went down a treat with the whole family :)

We then finished off our meal nicely with a Melton Mowbray Pork Pie and a hot cuppa English tea. :)

Bangers & Mash with Onion Gravy and Peas
Recipe by Baby Sumo, adapted from here
Preparation time: 15-20 minutes
Cooking time: 35-40 minutes
Serves 4

For the sausages and onion gravy
8-12 good quality sausages, preferably Cumberland
2 large onions, sliced
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp English mustard
600ml beef stock
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tsp butter, softened 
2 tsp plain flour

For the mash
4 Russet potatoes, peeled and cut into thick chunks
3-4 tbsp of butter
1 tbsp milk
Salt and white pepper

To serve
Fresh thyme, for garnish
200g frozen peas

1. Preheat the oven to 200°C. 

2. Place the sausages into a roasting tin and cook in the preheated oven for 10 minutes then turn the sausages and cook for a further 5 minutes, or until they have a good colour on the outside.

3. Add the sliced onions to the tin. Mix the dried herbs, mustard and stock together and pour over the sausages and onions. Return the tin to the oven for a further 20 minutes, or until the sausages are cooked through. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

4. For the mash, boil the potatoes in a pan of boiling water, about 12-15 minutes until tender. Drain and mash with a potato press and mix the butter and milk in until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.

5. Cook the peas in a saucepan of boiling water for 1-2  minutes. Drain and set aside.

6. For the sausages and onion gravy, mix the softened butter and plain flour together to form a paste. Remove the sausages from the baking tray, set aside and cover to keep warm. Place the baking tray onto the hob, add the flour and butter mix and whisk until combined. Stir over a medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes, or until the gravy has thickened slightly. Add the sausages back to the tray and warm through for 1-2 minutes.

7. Place mash on plate, then top with the sausages with the onion gravy spooned over and peas on the side. Garnish with a sprig of fresh thyme.

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  1. a british-themed dinner! looks great, very much comfort food :D

  2. I'm 2nd here today! My son will love Aunty Yen if he get invited to be your house guest, haha. Looks delicious!

  3. Oh, I see....bangers because they actually banged hee..hee...Looks like a very delicious dinner! And pork pie!

  4. If I hadn't seen the word 'recipe' in your title, I would have thought this was a restaurant you visited!
    Amazing, and love it when there are themes for home cooked meals, just makes everything so fun and exciting!~ :-D

  5. These are such wintery comfort food and it's getting cold here so I'm getting very hungry! :D

  6. Looks awesome! The gravy seems at its perfect consistency, not too watery nor thick, just the way i like :)

  7. Looks so appetizing & I'm sure my sons will love to have this dish everyday :p

  8. Bangers? Mash? I'm sold... I like!!!!

  9. Delicious! I'm getting hungry just by looking at your photos!

  10. I like the mash potatoes...looks delicious!

  11. My son Desmond ordered this at the Heathrow airport while we were on the way back. He kind of like it, I think I should make this for him one day.


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