Bangers and Mash

January 31, 2014

Most people that know me, know that my husband is a man who is very easily pleased.  He never wants for much, or asks for much, which sometimes makes holidays and birthdays a challenge, but makes me want to do something special just that much more.  I usually couple an experience with a gift and memorable meal.  For my honey, there’s no greater meal than Bangers and Mash. 

Bangers and Mash is a traditional British dish of mashed potatoes and sausage with a gravy- pub food at it’s finest.  My sweet husband’s face lights up any time a restaurant adventure results in a menu with Bangers and Mash.  With snow, and just moving into our new house, going out was looking like it might be a challenge for his actual birthday.  So, I decided to try my hand at making his favorite meal.  Now, I’d never made Bangers and Mash before, but I figured, what the hell- It was his birthday, after all, and things usually turn out alright when I wing it!

And oh, Mama… did it turn out!  If you do nothing else, make and devour the gravy.  Then, try not to lick the dish.  Honestly.

Presenting…Birthday Bangers and Mash!

(Serves 2 hungry people)

1 package beer and brats sausages (5 in a pack)
4 tbsp butter, divided
1/4 cup flour
1 packet onion soup mix
1 beer

1/4 cup beef broth


Melt 2 tbsp butter in a high sided skillet.  Brown the brats on all sides, and set aside on a plate. (They’ll rejoin the party in a tiny bit.)  Add an additional 2 tbsp of butter to the skillet and combine with the 1/4 cup flour to make a rue.  Slowly whisk in 1 beer, 1 packet of onion soup, and 1/4 cup beef broth.  Add in a few dashes of salt and pepper, depending on your tastes.  Whisk and bring to a boil, being sure to stir vigorously for a few minutes to eliminate lumps.  (If there are some, don’t worry- it’s going over mashed potatoes, and will have the onions in there…and no one will notice AT ALL. I promise.)  Once boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer and add the brats back into the gravy.  Continue to simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring and turning the brats occasionally.  If your gravy seems too thick, add a few splashes of beef broth.  Too thin?? add some flour, a spoonful at a time.

Serve in a pool of gravy, atop your favorite mashed potatoes.  For me, I love the speed and convenience of  Ore-Ida’s Steam and Mash potatoes.  They can be found in the freezer section, get steamed right in the bag, and then mashed with 2/3 cup of milk and a few tabs of butter.  They turn out amazingly delicious, without the hassle of peeling and boiling potatoes.  Win!

Darling husband loved his Birthday Bangers.  I was told they have to be a frequent meal, and not just for special occasions… and since they took under 30 minutes, that’s no problem at all!

Until next time…. give it a swirl!


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