Bangers and Mash is a recipe I grew up eating about twice a week. A delicious blend of tender Irish sausage, caramelized onion in a mouthwatering brown gravy made with Guinness beer. Oh, it’s not over yet! Enjoy your Bangers (Irish Sausage) over creamy buttery mashed potatoes. Enjoy this festive recipe any time of year.
This is a also a perfect way to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day!
Traditional Bangers and Mash with a Guinness Gravy and Peas
Y’all are going to absolutely love my Granny’s bangers and mash. When I was little, I’m not sure what was better, eating these bangers or being allowed to say Granny’s bangers, too funny.
I have to agree, it does sound funny, Granny’s Bangers!
Ingredients you need to make a great Bangers and Mash Recipe
- Irish bangers (pork sausage)
- yellow onion
- Guinness Stout
- fat-free beef broth
- Worcheshire Sauce
- mashed potatoes
- peas – optional but please do!
I know everyone thinks Corned Beef and Cabbage is traditional Irish food, it isn’t but it is delicious!
In Ireland, bangers and mash is part of traditional Irish food! My recipe is based on my Granny’s recipe! You all know me, just like my Irish Soda Bread, I have made it my own!
Granny always made very traditional Bangers with onions and beef broth. Over the years, she also added in flour to thicken the gravy!
My spin on bangers is a caramelized onion Guinness gravy! I carmelize the onions for about 15 minutes in my cast iron skillet. A tiny extra amount of time adds amazing flavor to the entire meal but the gravy, I can’t even, it is so good!
The gravy is so good, my boys always say they can eat it like soup! The hubs dips brown bread into the gravy after he’s done with the sausages and mash!
Caramelized onions add amazing flavor to a Guinness brown gravy in a traditional Irish Bangers and Mash Recipe!
Bangers and Mash FAQs:
What are the origins of Bangers and Mash?
Bangers are the term used for sausage in Ireland and England. The “mash” is mashed potatoes. A very popular dish in Ireland and England.
Why are the sausages called bangers?
My Granny grew up on sausage with mash in Ireland. When WWII began, meat was scarce and sausages were being made with more water. When the sausage hit the pan, they would pop and split, thus bangers began.
What type of sausage is used in bangers and mash?
I am lucky to live in an area where I can purchase Irish sausage. If you have an Irish shop in your area, they may sell Irish Sausage. You can always order through Amazon. I will share my favorites sausages in “Shop this Recipe” below.
What are the ingredients in an Irish Sausage?
Irish sausage is usually pork based. Some varieties include beef! When I don’t have Irish sausage in the freezer, I use regular pork sausage and they are delicious.
I can’t find bangers (Irish Sausage), what else can I use?
For years, we only used Irish sausage. After many delicious test recipes, pork sausage or bratwurst also works really well. The big bonus, those sausages are in every market! I love
I do hope though you can get authentic Irish sausage whenever possible.
What is the “mash” in Bangers and Mash?
Mash is referring to mashed potatoes. No surprise that my Classic Mashed Potato recipe is AH-MAZING and my Granny’s recipe. I wish I could have a dollar for every potato I’ve peeled to make mashed potatoes.
Can Bangers and Mash be a low-carb recipe?
Absolutely. Make a side of low-carb cauliflower mash and enjoy with the bangers.
A few of my Irish meal recipes I hope you try:
How to make Bangers and Mash:
- Brown bangers in a cast iron pan, once brown, remove set aside.
- Add sliced onions to the pan, let them caramelize at least 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- A. Slice onions very thin.
- B. Saute onions over medium heat.
- C. Continue to saute onions about 15-20 minutes.
- D. Onions develop a great caramelized coating that adds amazing flavor to the Guinness gravy!
After dinner, fire up your coffee pot and enjoy an Irish Coffee, my dad’s recipe! Slainte!
Don’t miss an opportunity to make one of my families favorite recipes! Whether it’s Saint Patrick’s Day or any day, I think you will love Bangers and Mash!
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Granny's Bangers and Mash
- 8 sausage links Note 1
- 2 medium yellow onions, sliced thin
- 3 cloves garlic, peeled, minced
- 1 Tablespoon butter
- 1 cup Guinness Beer Note 2
- 1 teaspoon olive oil Note 3
- 2 cups fat-free beef broth
- 2 Tablespoons flour
- 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon Coleman's Mustard
- 1 teaspoon parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon thyme
- salt and pepper, to taste
- In a skillet, over medium heat add olive. Add in the sausages to brown, around 6 minutes. Remove sausage and set aside.
- Add in butter. Stir in onions, simmer about 15 minutes to soften and carmelize onion, stirring frequently.
- Pour in Guinness and stir up and brown bits sticking to the bottom of skillet. Remove a few Tablespoons of the warm Guinness and place in a small bowl. Whisk the flour into the Guinness until smooth, no lumps. Pour back into the pan and whisk all together.
- Add beef broth, Worcestershire Sauce, Coleman's Mustard, parsley, and thyme. Stir together. Add bangers back in.
- Reduce heat to a low simmer. Cover pot with lid and simmer for 20 minutes. Serve with mashed potatoes.
One of the best group of food bloggers I know, From our Dinner Table has asked us to Saint Patrick’s Day recipes! Enjoy the recipes! Slainte!
Enjoy some of my favorite blogger’s recipes for Saint Patrick’s Day. Savory, desserts, and cocktails!
St. Patrick’s Day Recipes:
Savory Saint Patricks Day Recipes:
- Bangers and Mash by Everyday Eileen
- Easy Boxty by Our Good Life
- Irish Cheddar Ale Mac and Cheese by Cheese Curd In Paradise
- Cod Cakes by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Slow Cooker Irish Stew with Guinness by Palatable Pastime
- Potted Crab by Karen’s Kitchen Stories
Saint Patricks Day Dessert Recipes:
- Brownie Batter Fudge for St. Patrick’s Day by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Green Velvet Cookies by Kelly Lynn’s Sweets and Treats
- Irish Cream Poke Cake by Strawberry Blondie Kitchen
- Irish Soda Bread Scones by Kate’s Recipe Box
- Nutty Irish Car Bomb Cake by Culinary Adventures with Camilla