Traditional Bangers and Mash

Bangers and Mash (pork sausages and mashed potatoes) is a favorite dish in Irish and English pubs on cold winter days. Serve with a glass of cold beer for the true "pub grub" taste.

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Bangers and Mash

This recipe for Bangers and Mash was requested by one of our visitors from Canada. Thanks for asking! Submitted by David McCarthy, Australia


  • 2 large onions
  • Olive oil
  • 2 large pork sausages per person
  • Sufficient potatoes for a large portion of mashed/creamed potato per person
  • Butter
  • Milk or cream
  • Fresh parsley to garnish the finished mashed potatoes

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Peel the onions and thinly slice and place in a frypan with olive oil.(Traditionally they use lard/shortening, but we are more cholesterol conscious these days.)

Cook the onions until golden brown, then place on plate with kitchen paper to drain and keep in a warm oven until serving.

Prick the sausages a few times with a fork to allow fat to escape while cooking. Place in frypan over a low heat until cooked, turning once or twice during cooking. A low heat is used to ensure they are fully cooked.

While the sausages are cooking, peel and quarter potatoes. Boil in salted water until soft enough to mash/cream.

Drain the potatoes and mash adding butter and milk or cream until the potatoes are soft and smooth.

Chop parsley and mix with the creamed potato, then serve on warm plates, with sausages and onions.

Variations and Comments

The traditional Irish Bangers and Mash recipe is the same as above, but you only lightly mash the potatoes, leaving a slightly lumpy consistency and then grate cheese over the top of the hot mashed potatoes.

Bangers and Mash is traditionally served without gravy. However, if you must add gravy: after cooking the onions, add some stock, sprinkle some cornflower and keep stirring while it reduces, then strain through a sieve and serve as onion gravy.

Variation submitted by Anne Ellison, Canada "The recipe is almost exactly how I made mine, but we had the gravy with the onions in it and I mashed the grated cheddar right into the potatoes. It was great..."

Variation submitted by Toni Feeney, Stockton, California"I love your recipe for Bangers and Mash and that's how I made mine when we lived in the U.K.However, here in California; it's hard to find a good British Banger.The sausages are just not the same; I guess I'll have to make my own!! We lived in the North of England and the Cumberland Sausages were the best!!!" Toni also has a recipes site with British recipes.

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