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Bangers and Mash with Milk Stout Gravy! Ever had ’em? What’s not to love about delicious sausages that have been slow cooked in a creamy milk stout, layered atop fluffy mashed potatoes; smothered in a rich stout onion gravy.
We love a delicious Irish inspired dinner anytime of year, but let’s face it is much more fun around St. Patrick’s day!
I don’t claim to be even a teeny bit Irish, but, I can follow a recipe and so can you!
What are Bangers & Mash?
I’m so glad you asked! The mash is obvious; creamy, fluffy mashed potatoes, try my Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes with this recipe.
The bangers, they are a bit harder; I love looking into the origins of words and if the words relate to food, yipee! I enjoyed this post that explains how the name “bangers” came about, the article is quite fun, give it a read.
Why Are They Called Bangers?
This odd name used to describe these British sausages actually dates back to the early 20th century, during the time of World War I. Sausages were seen as a popular dish for the British working class, however, after the outbreak of the war, meat was in seriously short supply. In order to continue production and to get by on what meat they did have, cheap fillers and a high amount of water were used in the sausages which caused them to pop and explode rather violently in the cooking pan, giving them the name “bangers.”
Excerpt taken from A History of Banger’s
Fun right!? So grab a skillet, go buy your bangers (sausages) and a bottle (or 6 pack) of your favorite dark beer and let’s make dinner.
While the obvious time of year to eat these for us Yank’s is on St. Patrick’s day, folks in the UK eat them year round and you might too!
What Can I Substitute for Bangers?
I buy my Bangers from Trader Joes, they start stocking them in late February through St. Patrick’s day, but you may also substitute Bratwurst for the bangers, or any pork sausage (or try a chicken or turkey brats if you don’t do pork).
Make sure they are not pre-cooked sausages, you want to slowly cook them in the beer. I’ve used German Weisswurst/Bockworst (white sausage) and it’s delicious too.
How to Make Bangers & Mash
Bring to a simmer, cover with a lid and prop a wooden spoon to vent just slightly, allowing steam to escape.
Be careful your wooden spoon is not over any flame and careful when you grab it, it might be hot. Cook covered for about 5 minutes.
What Can I Replace the Beer with?
Replace the Stout with any dark beer you’d like, I’ve used Milk Stout, Vanilla Porter, Porter, Guinness and more. The darker the beer, the creamier, richer the flavors.
Turn the bangers and continue cooking, covered, for another 5 minutes.
COOKING WITH ALCOHOL WHEN YOU HAVE KIDS
Many ask me about cooking with alcohol and do I serve these meals to my kids.
My answer is yes, I do. Typically the foods that have alcohol in them are cooked long enough that the alcohol cooks down. I don’t pour them a mug of beer, but we believe removing the curiosity and stigma with alcohol allows kids to be able to say “no” when offered later.
Cook the bangers for 10 minutes until nicely browned, remove the lid and allow the liquid to reduce slightly, thickening and coating the sausages.
When the liquid is almost gone, lower the heat to medium-low, with lid on continue cooking, rotating sausages occasionally, until evenly browned and cooked through, around 10 additional minutes.
Making a Stout Onion Gravy
While your bangers are cooking, in a medium saucepan, heat your butter/oil over medium to medium-high heat, add sliced onions.
Cook, stirring occasionally until they are slightly browned, soft and fragrant, about 10-15 minutes.
Increase heat to medium / medium-high and pour in stout (broth or other beer), scraping bottom of pan to deglaze (getting up all those rich, brown bits).
Pour in beef broth and allow to simmer until no longer foaming, about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, heat until reduced slightly, thickened and glossy.
Remove from heat, set aside, keep covered.
Can I make Bangers Gluten Free?
You most certainly can!
- Replace the beer with either beef broth or your favorite Gluten Free beer
- Make sure your sausages are gluten free
- Replace the all purpose flour in the gravy with a good GF 1-to-1 All purpose flour.
My Favorite Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Make up a batch of Roasted Garlic (roasting optional) Mashed Potatoes, details and ingredients included in printable recipe below or speed things up with these delicious Instant Pot Rustic Mashed Potatoes.
To plate; serve up some mashed potatoes, place a 1-2 Bangers (sausages) on top of potatoes and smother the entire thing in the rich onion milk stout gravy serve with a couple of the items from below.
Banger’s and Mash sides from a few of my favorite bloggers!
- Steamed or roasted broccoli
- Roasted or pan-fried asparagus
- Mushy Peas (Isn’t the the color gorgeous!)
- Irish Soda Bread traditional, or a slightly sweeter version both eaten on St. Patty’s day, delicious with Irish Stew or this Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage.
- Irish Boxty Bread – a traditional potato bread
I made Boxty bread last year, no time to get it on the blog at the moment, however; it’s a fun thing to make with your kids and makes ye’ feel, all Irish-like! Beautiful huh!?
A few more great, heart-warming, totally St. Patrick’s day acceptable recipes:
- Tender Beer Beef Stew (slow cooked all day, amazing)
- Easy Beer Bread
- Skillet Shepherd’s Pie (No Bake Shepherd’s Pie)
For a comprehensive list of St. Patrick’s day menu ideas, check out my 35+ St. Patrick’s Day Recipes post.
Recipe lightly adapted from the darling Self Proclaimed Foodie.
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